Van Den Heede Rounds Cape Horn

Van Den Heede has a four-day jump on the westward circumnavigation record.

Earlier today, Jean-Luc Van Den Heede passed through the Le Maire Strait between Staten Island and Argentina and a few hours later entered the Pacific Ocean. In doing so, the French navigator passed Cape Horn, the first major milestone on his westward circumnavigation. Van Den Heede, who is attempting to break the 151-day record for a solo circumnavigation against prevailing currents and winds set by Philippe Monnet, has built himself a four-day lead after Monnet’s pace after just over a month of sailing. At last report, his 84-boat Adrien was making a solid 10 knots in a strong northwesterly breeze.