Oct 23, 2011

Defi Terresens: Training for Cape Horn Crossing

Photos Antoine Beysens
Last cruising for this project was the TransMed record crossing. Now Yvan Bourgnon and his new crew will attempt the Cape Horn crossing in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina.
Previous patform was a Hobie 21, now the Nacra F20 Carbon tank will be used. Good choice although more than 'Cruising' they will be flying, and trying to control the high lift provided by the light platform and curved daggers. Check the powered up F20C lift on the pics.

Also they are using a set of AHPC rudders, maybe to prevent some rocks hit due to depth of the Inf-F20C high aspect ratio.
They will need to control that power for sure, and they are lucky enough to have some MorrellliMelvin designed hulls, based on the Infusion concept, that will provide them with some extra margin at the Cape.

The Nacra F20C is a good example of a racing machine that doesn´t need to be that extreme on the hull lines, and I see Team New Zeland using this MM proved concept for their AC72.

Ushuaia is 2400kms away from BA (big country) so I'm not sure I will be able to follow them Live!
More info at http://www.defis-terresens.com/defis2012/ushuaia-caphorn

Photos Antoine Beysens

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