Categories of Membership

There are two categories of Membership:

  • Full – Full Membership is open to all seafarers who have completed a Qualifying Rounding of Cape Horn (see below).

  • Honorary – Any individual who makes a contribution to the cause of the Association or its wider aims may, in exceptional cases, be invited by the Committee to become an Honorary Member.   This is an exceptional award to a person of unique and outstanding distinction and/or service and requires the agreement of the full Committee and endorsement at an AGM.


Any individual who is not eligible for Membership but has an ongoing interest in our activities may, if proposed and seconded by two members and on receipt of a subscription, become an Associate of the IACH.  Associates may attend meetings of local groups, general meetings and the annual dinner and receive copies of the Journal.  Associates do not have voting rights.

Qualifying Rounding

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 50° South in both the Pacific (or Indian) and Atlantic Oceans and is completed without the use of engines for propulsion.

Crews of other sailing vessels rounding Cape Horn, where the voyage does not conform exactly to the requirements above, may apply for their voyage to be approved.   Each application shall be vetted by the Committee and approved only by unanimous agreement that the voyage complies wholly with the spirit, if not the precise detail, of the requirements for a Qualifying Rounding.