Sail Around Cape Horn

Written by Patricia Tunstall
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To sail around Cape Horn is to become a member of an elite group of seafaring explorers who have bested these infamous waters. Individuals are impassioned even today by the dream of successfully sailing around Cabo de Hornos at the southern end of South America. Still today, "rounding the Horn" is an accomplishment worthy of boasting and wearing the traditional gold hoop earring.

Fortunately for land lubbers, they do not have to master the intricacies of sailing themselves, for there are captains and crews of yachts and tall ships who are ready to sail around Cape Horn with enthusiastic passengers. If you are one of those who have read and dreamed about such an adventure, you have only to choose your means of transportation to South America and your type of sailing vessel. An increasingly popular journey, sailing around the Horn lets you become a part of a thrilling voyage and of an expert crew.

Sail around Cape Horn in Tall Ships

Passengers wishing to sail around the Horn have several options, depending on how much time they have available and how they prefer to travel. It is possible to join a tall ship in San Diego that heads for Easter Island, rounds the Horn, and puts into the Falkland Islands. You can also fly to Santiago, Chile, then on to towns closer to the Horn to pick up a yacht that will sail around Cape Horn.

Wherever you embark on your tall ship, you will hardly encounter the crude conditions that Captain Bligh's sailors had to endure. One of these beauties is modeled after a 19th century cargo schooner and is 60 feet long (75 feet overall). Sleeping nine passengers and a crew of six, a tall ship serves hearty meals for passengers who have been hoisting sails in the cold wind. Hot, pressurized water makes for a warming shower or bath. For those with special needs, wheelchair access and vegetarian fare are available.

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