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The Cape Horners' Club: Tales of Triumph and Disaster at the World's Most Feared Cape (Hardback)
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The Cape Horners' Club: Tales of Triumph and Disaster at the World's Most Feared Cape (Hardback)

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Hardback 304 Pages / Published: 20/04/2017
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Cape Horn's fearsome reputation and the price it has extacted from those who venture there derives from a lethal contrivance of geography that unleashes the most powerful natural dynamic forces on the earth's surface. Reaching deep into the Southern Ocean, the Cape intrudes into the flow of the water and weather patterns at the bottom of the world and funnels them into a maritime superhighway a mere 500 miles wide, building massive seas and accelerating wind speeds to hurricane strength. Currents rip at rates that defeat powerful engines. These legendarily treacherous conditions were enough to secure Cape Horn's reputation as the ultimate in ocean violence; the supreme test of sailors and ships. It is the oceanic equivalent of the climbers' Everest, and the challenge to some became irresistible. The roll call of sailors who have managed to round the Horn east-about (and more rarely, head to wind and west-about) glitters with the names of sailing legends: Vito Dumas, Marcel Bardiaux, Francis Chichester, Robin Knox-Johnston, Bernard Moitessier and Chay Blyth. This book recounts the history of the Cape through the stories of the people who've taken it on and made it round - the Cape Horners' Club. From the first recorded single-hander in 1934 (Al Hansen, who was lost shortly afterwards and his body never found), we follow these very different protagonists as they pursue the ultimate goal while battling almost overwhelming odds. Woven through their stories is a history of the Cape, from its discovery to its use as a trading corridor until the opening of the Panama Canal, to its more recent role as a pure challenge for the best yachtsmen and yachtswomen in the world. Changes in weather prediction and navigation have had a huge impact, but the pressure for ever-faster times has never been greater.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781472912527
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 587 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm


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10 out of 10. * Lifeboat magazine (RNLI) *
This breathtaking book delves into the sailing colossus that is Cape Horn, and tells the stories of those who have come to blows with it. * Sailing Today *
Beautiful... With Flanagan at the helm it is never less than fascinating. * The Lady *

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