Turn the Tide on Plastic boat, with founding partner Mirpuri Foundation, have just crossed the notorious Cape Horn, exiting the cold Southern Ocean and entering the Atlantic Ocean into warmer conditions. Portuguese sailor Frederico Melo is onboard and made history by rounding this sailing’s most iconic landmark.

Words from the Boat:

“A monumental day.

We started the day surfing huge waves on the edge of control in 50 knots of wind, to find ourselves just 1.8 miles from Cape Horn as we passed it in sight of AkzoNobel and Mapfre. The visibility was clear and we could see the snow capped mountains behind as well as the detail of the lighthouse that marks the point. The transition was smooth into the South Atlantic Ocean as we then came on the wind and made a course for outside Staten Island. The icing on the cake was the most beautiful sunset we have seen this leg as a watch change took place allowing most of the crew to see it and round off what was a pretty special day. My cherry on top of my slice of cake was that I also got my favourite freeze dried meal for dinner.

The day was emotional as it always is to leave the Southern Ocean. I have mixed emotions, but I am aware that for another time it has been kind to me and allowed me to make a safe passage. The reward today was enabling six new round the world sailors to round the notorious Cape Horn successfully and see the pride, and relief, on their faces. We toasted with rum, there was a big fat cigar in circulation and lots of messages for friends and family in photos being taken to acknowledge this landmark moment. Some may come back some may not, but they deserve the credit for sailing a great Southern Ocean that has culminated in rounding Cape Horn.

As far as the race goes, the warm up is finished and the business has to start. We have 2000 miles of lots of mixed up weather to negotiate and lots of opportunities to be had before any boat crosses the finish line in Itajai. So now the hard work starts.”

Our Cape Horn Toast;

“To the first timers, to the old timers, to those that have gone before and those that will follow after and to those who have not made it, never to be forgotten. Thank you Neptune.”

Skipper Dee Caffari and Team TTTOP 

Leg 7 – Rounding Cape Horn

We have just rounded the notorious Cape Horn, exiting the cold #SouthernOcean and entering the Atlantic Ocean into warmer conditions. #CapeHorn #VolvoOceanRace

Publicado por Turn the Tide on Plastic em Quinta-feira, 29 de Março de 2018

 

Photo credits: Ainhoa Sanchez (aerial) and Sam Greenfield