The Earl of Portsmouth is the New President of The International Association Of Cape Horners
The International Association of Cape Horners
whose Patron is HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, has a new President - The Earl of
Portsmouth DL. As Quentin Wallop, he rounded the Horn during the Second
Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race in 1977/8, aboard the British maxi yacht Great
Britain II skippered by Rob James, which went on to win overall line honours.
Not content with just a single rounding, Quentin then skippered his own yacht,
the ketch Ocean Mermaid, from New Zealand to the UK via Cape Horn. The voyage
through the Southern Ocean proved to be a very rough passage resulting in damage
to the rigging, which required repairs in Port Stanley before returning to the
History and membership criteria
The International Association of Cape Horners (IACH) was founded in 1936 by a group of French Master Mariners based in St Malo to form an exclusive, albeit dying bond between those who had sailed round Cape Horn in square rigged sailing ships. These are now history. The last commercial sailing ship voyage was in 1949 when the Pamir and Passat sailed from South Australia bound for Falmouth. In 1969, the British Chapter amended the membership criteria to read: 'To promote and strengthen the ties of comradeship which bind together the unique body of men and women who enjoy the distinction of having voyaged round Cape Horn under sail.'
Specifically, Full Membership, which currently costs £20 per
annum, is open to those who have rounded Cape Horn under sail as part of a
non-stop passage of at least 3,000 nautical miles which passes above the
latitude of 52° South in both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans and is completed
without the use of engines for propulsion. Members include Sir Robin
Knox-Johnston, Sir Chay Blyth, Don McIntyre, Pete Goss, Tracy Edwards and
Jean-Luc Van Den Heede.
“Those who qualify for membership of the IACH will have
rounded the Horn after a long, arduous and very likely dangerous voyage under
sail. To be a member is a singular honour. I urge all who are eligible to join
this special fellowship of sailors”, says the Earl of Portsmouth, the
Association's new President.
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