Up Close and Personal With Cape Horn

By: American Sailing Association, Sailboats, Weather

Cape Horn is a place with near-mythical resonance in the mind of a sailor. A terrifying passage that has defeated even the stoutest of seafarers, it is also a place of rare beauty and grandeur, as these videos will attest. Whether you’re dreaming of rounding the Horn yourself some day, or happy to stick to warmer waters, it’s fascinating to watch these sailboats pound through the messy waves and fierce winds of these notorious waters.

First, Brad Van Liew of the Velux 5 Oceans Race (which he is currently leading by 300 NM):

Second, sailing legend Robin Knox-Johnston navigates the Horn for the second time, nearly 40 years after his first trip, and this time he brings some friends and a BBC camera crew: