Vendee Globe leader Michel Desjoyeaux has rounded Cape Horn, beginning the final leg of the single-handed round-the-world race.
DESJOYEAUX passed just a couple of miles off the coast of the fearsome landmark, reporting squalls of 35-40 knots, gusting 45, at around midnight in local, Chilean time â€“ his path flagged by the famous lighthouses on the rocks. However, on rounding the tip of South America Foncia is experiencing flatter seas. After a strong NW’ly wind this weekend, the leaders are being greeted by a 20-25 knot westerly, likely to ease further as a high pressure zone develops off the tip of Patagonia.
“That’s done. Foncia has just entered the Atlantic,” DESJOYEAUX reported via email this morning. “Pitch black, so no photos, or videos of the rock at the bottom. Both lights are on – the Cape and the Eastern tip. The seas are finally calm and the wind reasonable: 23 knots, quiet weather if you like! Now off to some new adventures on the way back up.”