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    CAPE HORNERS' CLUB.
    Tales of Triumph & Disaster at the World's Most Feared Cape.
    By Adrian Flanagan, Hardback, 0.59 kg, 150mm x 235mm, 296 pages. Published 2017. Black & White Images

    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.

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    AROUND CAPE HORN DVD.
    Narration and original photography by Captain Irving Johnson. Remastered film and video, NTSC format, 37 minutes.

    In 1929 the last great days of commercial sail were passing. During that time Captain Irving Johnson sailed aboard the massive four-masted bark Peking. In this programme he narrates the passage in a style that made him a favourite on the lecture circuit around the world. The most spectacular scenes were filmed during a storm with winds gusting over 100 miles-an-hour as the ship was rounding Cape Horn.
    The Peking is preserved at the South Street Seaport Museum in Lower Manhatten, New York, USA. On the internet you can visit her anytime at Southstreetseaportmuseum.
    This DVD video must be regarded as a very special artifact of maritime history, as it is one of very few, well executed and preserved films taken aboard merchant sailing ships during an authentic passage. It probably stands alone in that the visual quality is excellent, having regard to its chronology and technology, and it covers an entire port-to-port passage. The narration is from a lecture tour in England in 1980 and the voice-over audio is of good, modern quality.
    This film is very certainly a sailor's party-piece and would be an asset in any yachtsman's or yacht-club library.

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    ROUNDING THE HORN, A Story of Discovery and Adventure.
    By Dallas Murphy. Paperback, 128mm x 197mm, 395 pages, monochrome maps.
    Located at the southernmost tip of the Andes, Cape Horn is a place where the storms are bigger, the winds stronger and the geography more dangerous for a seafarer than anywhere else in the world.
    From when it was named in 1616 until the present day, Cape Horn has had a rich history filled not only with tales of perilous voyage but also with landmark discoveries such as those made by Darwin and Magellan. Cape horn also played a pivotal role in the race to trade in new and exotic spices such as nutmeg and cinnamon.
    In this fascinating narrative the author uses his own passage around Cape Horn to weave together the history of exploration, along with tales of the Indians who lived there, the oceanography and meteorology of the region and the science of navigation. The result is a captivating description of one of the most unusual places on earth.

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    THE LAST TIME AROUND CAPE HORN.
    By William F. Stark. Paperback, 130mm x 204mm, 231 pages.
    Ordinary Seaman William F. Stark's memorable tale of adventure recounts the last leg of the Grian Race, and the barque Parmir's rounding of fearsome Cape Horn - the storm-tossed tip of South America and the veritable Mount Everest of sailing. Her crew of thirty-four sailors experienced the shipboard life of the seventeen century - in 1949 - on a four-masted vessel that carried hundreds of acres of sail. In 128 days the Pamir journeyed 16,000 miles from Australia to England on decks awash with huge swells, as Stark scrambled up ice-coated rigging to manhandle sails on masts twenty stories high. William Stark's epitaph is a thrilling book that climaxes the storied era begun by Cape Horn merchants sailors more than three centuries ago.

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