Sections of the original AICH

The original Cape Horners association, Amicale Internationale des capitaines au long cours Cap-Horniers (AICH) based in St Malo, France closed in 2003. Its website closed at the same time. Here is a fascinating archive of documents from the AICH. The town of St Malo also has a museum to commemorate the days of the square rigged sailing ships that used to voyage around Cape Horn.

This site of the Chilean chapter conveys the active nature of some of the national sections. In Spanish and English.

Here is the site of the Dutch section of the AICH.

This Finnish site (a rare linguistic challenge) illustrates the breadth of membership of the AICH.

The Cape Horners Association of Australia (63 Hurtle Square, Adelaide, SA 5000) has no known web site. However, here is a valuable Australian archive of material about Cape Horners.


Sites which describe Cape Horn

The Wikipedia entry about Cape Horn.

Here is an excellent collection of photographs of Cape Horn and its environs from much closer than any member of this Association would have wished to see them.

This article was published in the National Geographic Magazine, in the February 1931 issue and it describes the voyage of a great sail ship from Australia to England by way of Cape Horn. It includes some great contemporary photographs.

A satellite photograph of South America extending to Cape Horn courtesy of NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team.

Cape Horn as viewed by Google Earth maps.

Here is an account written by Captain William Bligh of the rounding of Cape Horn by HMS Beagle.

A shanty on the rounding of Cape Horn

A cruise such as one with this company won't qualify you for membership of the IACH, but would enable you to see why the Horn is so talked about.


Tall Ships which are still sailing

Sail Training International organises and manages the annual series of races for sail training Tall Ships in European waters.

The American Sail Training Association organise an annual series of Tall Ships Challenges, sail training races, rallies, cruises and port festivals in conjunction with host ports in the US and Canada.