Tom Corogan Making Sixth Solo-Trip Around Cape Horn

Is it the dandelions he regularly eats, or the well water he drinks at home in Port Clinton, Ohio? Whatever it is, it’s working for Tom Corogan, who at the age of 84 is making his sixth attempt to round Cape Horn—solo. The marina owner and sometime lawyer has already sailed solo across the Atlantic four times, and has meticulously prepared his Westsail 32, TLC, to achieve his longtime ambition.

Corogan told Latitude 38 magazine that his last crack at the Horn, in 2010, ended when he damaged his knee soon after leaving the Galapagos Islands—the closest he’d come to the Horn in five attempts. He says the biggest obstacle to his plans will be the contrary Humboldt Current, which runs north at up to 4 knots. 

If everything has gone according to schedule he will be rounding the Horn in early February. And the dandelions? You’ve got to eat the whole plant, he says, roots and all. 

Photo by Latitude 38

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