New inductees to Cape Horn Hall of Fame
Published on September 25th, 2023
Six new names have been added to the Cape Horn Hall of Fame to recognize this most famous of all Capes and the sailors who have rounded it.
Membership is open to individuals of all nationalities 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.
The new honorees:
• Dame Ellen MacArthur – UK
• Grant Dalton – New Zealand
• Skip Novak – USA
• Jeanne Socrates – UK
• Franck Cammas – France
• Michel Desjoyeaux – France
Between them, they have 24 circumnavigations – all of them via Cape Horn – and have set 9 world records.
Dame Ellen MacArthur – 2-time circumnavigator via Cape Horn
• 1998: Awarded the YJA British Yachtsman of The Year and Sailing’s Young Hope title in France.
•2000/01: Vendee Globe Race 2nd in 60ft Kingfisher
• 2001: appointed a Member or the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
• 2005: Broke the solo non-stop circumnavigation record in 75ft trimaran B&Q/Castorama
• 2005: made a Dame Commander of the Order of the Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE), the youngest recipient of this honour.
Grant Dalton – 7-time circumnavigator via Cape Horn.
• 1981/2 Whitbread Round the World race in Flyer II skippered by Cornelis van Rietschoten. winner on handicap and elapsed time. Role: onboard sailmaker
• 1985/6 Whitbread Round the World race in Lion New Zealand skippered by Peter Blake. role: watch leader
• 1989/90 Whitbread Round the World race in Fisher & Paykel. 2nd in Maxi class -role: skipper
• 1993/4 Whitbread Round the World race in New Zealand Endeavour. winner of the maxi Class. Role: skipper
• 1997/8 Volvo Ocean Race. Merit Cup. Role: Skipper
• 2001/ Volvo Ocean Race. Amer Sports One. Role: Skipper
• Dalton then won The Race, a non-stop sprint around the world skippering the maxi catamaran Club Med. The race started from Barcelona on 1 January 2001 and finished in in Marseilles on 3 March. Club Med broke several records including the distance sailed in 24 hours (656 nautical miles) and the fastest circumnavigation (62 days and 7h).
Skip Novak – 5-time circumnavigator via Cape Horn.
• 1977/8 Whitbread, Kings Legend, – Role: Navigator
• 1981/2 Whitbread – Alaska Eagle, – Role: skipper • 1985/6 Whitbread – Drum – skipper. – Role: skipper •1989/90 Whitbread – Fazisi, – Role: skipper
• The Race in 2001 –co-skipper multihull Innovation Explorer – 2nd.
• Founder of Pelagic Expeditions
• Winner of the 2014 Cruising Club of America Blue Water Medal
Jeanne Socrates – 3-time circumnavigator via Cape Horn
• 2009-12: Solo circumnavigation from UK to Canada via South Africa, New Zealand, Canada (Victoria, B.C.) , Cape Horn, S. Africa, Hobart (Tasmania), Tahiti, Hawaii, Victoria B.C. – one-and-a-half times around the world via Cape Horn, Good Hope (twice) & Leeuwin (twice)
• 2013: The first woman to complete solo non stop circumnavigation from North America and at 71, the oldest woman to sail solo non stop around the world. aboard the 38-foot Najad 380 cruising yacht Nereida
• 2019: At 77, the oldest person to complete a solo non-stop circumnavigation around the 5 Great Capes.
• 2013: awarded the Cruising Club of America Blue Water Medal and the Royal Cruising Club’s Medal for Seamanship
Michel Desjoyeaux – 3-time circumnavigator via Cape Horn
• 1985/5: Whitbread Round the World Race aboard Belgian maxi yacht Cote d’Or, 4th.
• 2000/1: Vendée Globe solo non-stop round the world race aboard IMOCA 60 PRB 1st 93days 3hrs 57mins
• 2008/9: Vendée Globe solo non-stop round the world race aboard IMOCA 60 Fonica 1st 84days 03hrs 9mins
Franck Cammas – 4-time circumnavigator via Cape Horn
• 2005: Jules Verne Trophy on catamaran Orange II skippered by Bruno Peron. Role: crew. Set a non-stop circumnavigation record of 50 days 16 hrs 20 mins, 4 secs
• 2010: Jules Verne Trophy on trimaran Groupama 3. Role: skipper. Set a non-stop circumnavigation record of 48 days 7 hrs 44 mins, 52 secs
• 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race. Groupama 4 – winner on elapsed time. Role: Skipper
• 2022/3 Ocean Race: IMOCA 60 11th Hour Racing. winner. Role: crew
The Honours Board is now housed, along with memorabilia and history of those who have rounded the Cape, in the new Cape Horn Hall of Fame Clubhouse in Les Sables d’Olonne, France. The first pilgrim to visit this shrine to famous sailors past and present, was Kit Villiers, the son of Alan Villiers, one of the last to sail aboard the commercial clipper ships who went on to write books and make films of his adventures.
“The IACH Cape Horn Hall of Fame is administered by the International Association of Cape Horners,” said Chairman Ashley Manton. “Anyone can nominate a person to be inducted into the Cape Horn Hall of Fame. The names go before an independent panel of judges chaired by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and 10-time circumnavigator Jean-Luc van den Heede who select the top 20 names that go forward to be voted on by the entire IACH membership to select the top 6 inductees each year.”
Names honoured on the IACH Cape Horn Hall of Fame:
• Willem Schouten (1567-1625), Netherlands
• Jacob Le Maire (1585-1616), Belgium
• Vice Admiral Robert Fitzroy (1805-1865), England
• Capt. Vern Verner Björkfelt (1900-1982), Finland
• Capt. Thomas Carter (T.C) Fearon (1813 – 1869), USA
• Capt. Adolph Hauth, Germany
• Capt. Louis Allaire (1880-1949), France
• Alan Villiers (1903-1982), Australia
• Vito Dumas (1900-1965), Argentina
• Marcel Bardiaux (1910-1958), France
• Sir Francis Chichester (1901-1972), England
• Sir Alec Rose (1908-1991), England
• Sir Robin Knox-Johnston (1939-), England
• Bernard Moitessier (1925-1994), France
• Sir Chay Blyth (1940-), Scotland
• Ramon Carlin (1923-2016), Mexico
• Éric Tabarly (1931-1998), France
• Cornelis van Rietschoten (1926-2013), Netherlands
• Dame Naomi James (1949-), New Zealand
• Kay Cottee (1954-), Australia
• Jon Sanders (1939-), Australia
• Philippe Jeantot (1952-), France
• Titouan Lamazou (1955-), France
• Sir Peter Blake (1948-2001), New Zealand
• Dilip Donde (1967-), India
• Stan Honey (1955-), America
• Dee Caffari (1973-), England
• Jean-Luc Van Den Heede (1945-), France
• Dame Ellen MacArthur (1976 -), UK
• Grant Dalton (1957 – ), New Zealand
• Skip Novak (1952 – ), USA
• Jeanne Socrates (1942 – ), UK
• Franck Cammas (1972 – ), France
• Michel Desjoyeaux ( 1965 – ), France