Golden Globe leader around Cape Horn

(February 16, 2023) – The Golden Globe Race is a human adventure of months alone struggling to get back to finish in Les Sables d’Olonne, France where it all began, and day 164 was a big one.

While Kirsten Neuschäfer (RSA) was flying around Cape Horn, just 300 miles north Abhilash Tomy (IND) was struggling in heavy weather on a dangerous lee shore, with the tiller lashed and a broken windvane unable to tack to safety. Meanwhile Michael Guggenberger (AUT) was 1000 miles to the Northwest and sailing down to Cape Horn in near perfect weather that may hold for some time.

It’s been an eventful month of February for Neuschäfer, rounding Cape Horn yesterday at 2020 UTC. She moved to first place after 150 days of racing and since had to face two storms, breaking a spinnaker pole and taking down her massive twin sail on the Cape George 36 Minnehaha.

With over 240,000 miles sailing experience, she knows this area well as a commercial skipper to Antarctica, but this is the first time she crosses the Pacific solo to get around. The famous rock was surrounded by squalls that forced her to make continuous adjustments, poling the Yankee and reducing sails when necessary. Despite all the action, she could hardly speak during her safety call because of the cold shortly before rounding…

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