Franck Cammas is looking for you, ready to dub Cape Horn with him?


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julbo-cammasWant to experience an unforgettable adventure, rounding Cape Horn in the company of one of the world’s greatest sailors? Franck Cammas (His palmares are very long. We need only mention winning the Jules Verne Trophy in 2010, winning the Volvo Ocean Race in 2012 on the VOR70 Groupama, and being skipper on Team France in the America’s Cup to come) Is looking for a bowman. And, with luck, it could be your turn.

Cammas’ sponsor, sports eyewear company Julbo, decided to offer an unforgettable experience to an “ordinary” sailor: aboard a Nacra F20 Carbon FCS (Flight Control System, equipped with a foil), rounding Cape Horn together with Cammas. “I’ve always had three dreams,” confessed the Frenchman, “the first one I realized: it was to win the Volvo Ocean Race. The second, to participate in the America’s Cup, is in the process of being realized. The third is to round the world’s most famous Cape on a small flying catamaran.”

Did we “tickle” you? To apply you must, by August 31, 2015, post to this address your sailing resume (including dinghy or catamaran experience) accompanied by a video presentation where images of you talking on camera alternate with footage of you on the boat. From there, the first selection will take place: Cammas and Julbo will select the “papabili,” who will be sent to a second training/selection phase in Lorient in September, where the French ace bowman will be chosen.


This will not be a mere commercial game, but a real extreme undertaking in November. First and foremost, Cammas and the selected candidate will have to relocate the cat to Puerto Williams, Chile, where conditions are truly hostile, with strong winds coming up directly from the Screaming Fifty. Then further south to Puerto Toro, a village of 50 souls that, if research stations are excluded, is the southernmost inhabited place in the world (3.875 kilometers from the South Pole), as well as the only village beyond the 55th parallel. The Nacra will be escorted by Xplore, an aluminum 67-footer under the command of Stephen Wilkins that will handle logistics and security in the Patagonian channels, to a point near Cape Horn. Then the actual enterprise. About 100 miles (that’s a lot) in the frigid waters of the Southern Ocean, where if you fall overboard you’re dead, until we reach Cape Horn, round it and finally go ashore and climb the cliffs of Horn to pay our respects to the keeper of the mythical lighthouse and his family. Do you feel up to it?



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