Details on Howard Rice’s Cape Horn Adventure

The BLOG detailing Howard Rice‘s Cape Horn adventure now has a detailed post about the multiple capsizes experienced in his Small Craft Advisor magazine SCAMP Southern Cross, swim to land and rescue by the Chilean Armada.

A few quotes –

His story is inspirational, amazing, chilling and multi faceted including an astounding act of will that culminated in a race to save his boat. The boat rescue is a story in itself complete with a competing salvage attempt by another boat …

After one month of voyaging he reckoned he had been on land for less than three hours and was happy to be living aboard, very happy as he had established a daily routine.

… the winds Howard faced were 66 to 72 knots with winds in the 90 to 100 knot range in the Tromba’s. In“Tromba” wind conditions, bursts of double the base wind can be expected.

It was the thoughts of losing his wife, his family and his many friends that kept him going in the most difficult of times in the water and the longest of nights in the open on land in deadly conditions.


Read the full report –

Links to prior updates on Howard –

Howard Rice update – 10 March ’17

Dave, being me the person typing this post, just got off the phone with Howard Rice.  Howard wished to let Dave and everyone at Sage Marine and Spyderco, Sage’s sister company, know he is doing well and getting stronger each day, after being blown off his Small Craft Advisor magazine SCAMP in cyclonic strength winds during his Cape Horn adventure.

The boat, Southern Cross, is in excellent condition and the cleat failure reported a few days ago was actually damaged while the boat was being pulled onto the Chilean fishing boat that assisted Howard in the recovery.  Howard said SCAMP Southern Cross was essentially in perfect condition when he arrived at her location.

During the call Howard gave Dave a small glimpse into the adventure.  The stories he will share will (are) amazing!

Howard on a Sage 17

Howard Rice, standing in the cockpit, during a Sage 17 Skills Camp in Port Townsend, WA, August 2013.

SageCat on Lake Pleasant in the rain

Wrinkleboat Ran-Tan videos

Here are four videos taken during the 2017 Wrinkleboat Ran-Tan on Lake Pleasant, AZ

First video taken the Thursday before the Ran-Tan officially began.  Warm, sunny and wind 3-5 kts.  Great winter sailing day!  (Please excuse the quality of this as was recorded originally as LIVE video on Sage Marine’s Facebook page.)


This video was recorded a couple hours after the above.  It is in HD so much better quality than the Facebook LIVE recording above.  Both the SageCat and Sage 17 sailed north and around Horse Island in 3-8kts of wind.


This update reviews the morning racing on Saturday 17 February 2017 and includes a tour of the Sage 15 cabin (same interior as the SageCat) – (This video was originally a Facebook LIVE broadcast so please excuse the image quality.)


Video taken before the final race of the 2017 Winkleboat Ran-Tan on Lake Pleasant, AZ, Sunday 19 February 2017. Rain, wind, rain, wind and more rain!  It is blowing 12-15kts and Sage 15 sloop ASOLARE is hove to as the video is shot. You can see the ‘slick’ of water coming off the keel and hull to the right of Dave’s head (left video frame) – (This was originally recorded as a Facebook LIVE feed so please excuse the image quality.)


The BLOG post linked below for Ran-tan results –

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