It is a momentous voyage that will see the fleet round Cape Horn in January 2016 via the Drake Passage on the anniversary of their 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.
For the great sailor, Lionel Péan, who has a long list of achievements, it will be the realisation of one of his dearest dreams.
“I had a dream of becoming Cape Horner and especially to win a race around the world,” Péan said. “I fought for and realised that dream with a great crew on the beautiful ‘Team Spirit’.
But I have had other dreams since and I want to share the picture of schooners and modern yachts becoming Cape Horners in a 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.”
Firstly, because Drake is a man who is an inspirational part of our history.
‘Horn’, because it is the experience of a lifetime and fewer than 2,500 people have been Cape Horners in a race.
2015/2016, because it’s 400 years ago since our ancestors have shown us this route.”
For more information: http://drakehorn.org