Please select your home edition
Edition
Ocean Safety 2021 - LEADERBOARD
Product Feature
Harken 29mm Single Swivel - 340
Harken 29mm Single Swivel - 340

Barcelona World Race: Three years later, the legend of Cape Horn grows

by Barcelona World Race 25 Feb 2018 14:36 GMT 12 January 2019
Barcelona World Race © Barcelona World Race

Three years ago, Bernard Stamm and Jean Le Cam, as they led the Barcelona World Race fleet, rounded Cape Horn, the round the world race's grand challenge. The legendary cape, which will be even harder to navigate in the next edition, is both a challenge for safety and a landmark for environmental sustainability for planet Earth. To commemorate the fleet's rounding of the great cape in the last edition, the Barcelona World Race has kicked off its "Cape Horn week", with special features and content on social networks and the web.

On this day, three years ago, at 01:00 UTC (02:00 in Barcelona and 22:00 in Chile) Cheminées Poujoulat, impeccably driven by Bernard Stamm and Jean Le Cam, rounded the legendary 'cape at the end of the world' as leaders of the Barcelona World Race. The world of ocean racing's attention was fixed on the southernmost point of the South American continent, as fans followed the rounding of sailing's most treacherous cape in history since its discovery four centuries ago.

Stamm and Le Cam were completing their Southern Ocean stretch of the race and after sailing between the cape and Antarctica they began their climb back up the Atlantic after 55 days and 13 hours at sea. At this point, they had sailed 16,400 theoretical miles (30,373 km) and they still had 6,900 miles (12,779 km) ahead to finish the regatta. "We've been sailing with big waves, high winds and low temperatures for five weeks. Now we're turning left, heading north and towards milder temperatures", said Le Cam. Stamm said, "This is a milestone which means we're climbing back up. It's a passage that is truly special, packed with history... it is all of that, all at once".

The sporting significance of rounding the cape stands out for two reasons: it means an end to the hellish sailing conditions of the Southern Ocean and it requires careful strategy in terms of meteorology, as storms and swell can be particularly violent at 56ºS at the cape. In the next Barcelona World Race 2018/19, which starts on the 12th of January with a stopover in Sydney, the fleet will round the Horn towards the end of March, in the south's autumn, which means it's likely the boats will go up against even more treacherous conditions.

Chile, a unique and protected environment

The Chilean Navy, which has some of the longest coastline in the world under its jurisdiction, will be at Cape Horn watching over the Barcelona World Race skippers. From the Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Centre in the area, the navy will be maximising security measures for the Barcelona World Race fleet, which is the best support the skippers could enjoy.

It is not only the coastline at Cape Horn that is exceptional, with the surrounding land offering spectacular scenery which is vital to the balance of planet Earth. There are vast natural parks across the Tierra del Fuego area which hold some of our planet's ancestral secrets and are managed based on a unique environmental model.

For more information visit event website: www.barcelonaworldrace.org/en

Related Articles

Barcelona World Race 2018-19 suspended
Organisers suspend the upcoming edition of the Barcelona World Race Political instability has made it difficult to guarantee delivering the event to the standards a round-the-world race deserves. Posted on 30 Mar 2018
Exploring the sea for solutions
The Barcelona World Race has a big role in exploring the seas “The answer is in nature” is the theme of this year's World Water Day. Sailors are well aware of this and the FNOB continues to play a big role in exploring the seas so more can be learned about the world's water. Posted on 25 Mar 2018
Ocean sailing for equality
Male or female makes no difference when it comes to courage The FNOB is made up of men and women working for a cause which benefits society as a whole. That also means that we support initiatives aimed at real social equality, on International Women's Day and every day. Posted on 11 Mar 2018
Cape Horn may be tougher
The most delicate and complex stages of the Barcelona World Race The rounding of Cape Horn is one of the most delicate and meteorologically complex stages of the Barcelona World Race. Posted on 3 Mar 2018
Countdown to the Barcelona World Race begins
Presentation to the sailing community on Wednesday The countdown to the Barcelona World Race 2018/19 kicked off this Wednesday with a presentation of the regatta for the international sailing community at the Fundació Navegació Oceànica Barcelona (FNOB) headquarters in the Catalan capital. Posted on 14 Dec 2017
Jacques Caraës named as Race Director
For the Barcelona World Race At 14 months from the start of the regatta, the Barcelona World Race 2018/19 has put together the Race Management team, which will be headed up by Jacques Caraës who will be joined by Guillaume Evrard, Hubert Lemmonier and Javier Villalonga. Posted on 25 Nov 2017
Barcelona World Race 2018-2019
Pre-Notice of Race released Work is now underway on the fourth Barcelona World Race, the non-stop two-handed round-the-world race that starts and ends in Barcelona. Posted on 29 Jan 2016
A step towards the second trilogy
Of the Barcelona World Race The first trilogy of the Barcelona World Race has just ended, the third edition completed only days ago. Posted on 26 Apr 2015
Barcelona World Race Prize Giving
Ceremony held at the Barcelona Maritime Museum Barcelona's historic Maritime Museum was the perfect venue this afternoon for the prizegiving and awards ceremony for the 2014-15 Barcelona World Race. Posted on 22 Apr 2015
Nandor Fa & Conrad Colman finish 7th
In the Barcelona World Race 2014-2015 Nandor Fa and Conrad Colman crossed the finish line of the Barcelona World Race this Monday20th April at 22:59:40 hrs UTC (00:59:40 Tues 21st CET) to complete their race in seventh place. Posted on 21 Apr 2015