Drake Horn - A Race To Celebrate The Discovery Of Cape Horn
Published: Thursday, 24 July 2014
The announcement of the Drake & Horn 1616-2016 Regatta took place at a dinner organised by the Mare Nostrum Yacht Club. Classic yacht owners attended together with Pierre Hugo, president of the Bailli de Suffren hotel group, the mayor of Saint Tropez, the president of Société Nautique, the maritime prefect for the Mediterranean, the president of the Order of Malta and the Maltese Ambassador for France.
This incredible race will gather together classic yachts, goélettes, schooners and modern yachts from around the world for an adventure that starts from Saint-Tropez on October 25, 2015.
It will see the fleet round Cape Horn in January 2016 through the Drake Passage on the anniversary of its discovery. The race will finish in Istanbul, where the closing regatta on the Bosphorus will symbolise the maritime link between Europe and Asia created there 400 years ago.
“I want to share the picture of schooners and modern yachts becoming Cape Horners in a race,” says Lionel Péan, who led L'Espirit d'Equipe to victory in the 1985-86 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race. “So, as when realising my other dreams and after much discussion with other sailors, owners, captains and crew, I set down on paper the project of the Drake & Horn 1616-2016 Regatta.”
400 years ago, Jacob Le Maire and Willem Schouten, supported by the merchants of the city of Hoorn, decided to mount an expedition to circumvent the racketeering of the East India Company, which controlled the maritime passages to India from the East via Cape Town and the Cape of Good Hope, and from the West by South America and the Strait of Magellan, the only known routes.
They armed two boats, the Hoorn, the name of their hometown, and the Eendracht, and left Texel in June 1615 for the unknown.
The Hoorn was lost on the way, but on January 29, 1616, after a difficult journey with many hardships, the Eendracht passed a deserted and snowy cape in the south, which they named Cape Hoorn. So, Schouten and le Maire opened up a new route to India and its spices by the passage that took the name of Drake, after explorer Sir Francis Drake.