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Behind the scenes’ ITW of the three paddle boarders of the adventure Cap Ô pas Cap

Travel | 2015-03-25 15:15:27

Behind the scenes’ ITW of the three paddle boarders of the adventure Cap Ô pas Cap

Looking back on the adventure of Alexandra Lux, Itziar Avascal and Stéphanie Barneix, who rounded the mythical Cape Horn !

Alexandra Lux, Itziar Avascal and Stéphanie Barneix rounded the Cape Horn
Looking back on the adventure of Alexandra Lux, Itziar Avascal and Stéphanie Barneix, who rounded the mythical Cape Horn using only their muscle power on the 10th January, amid glacial water, heavy swell, adverse currents, and in the company of dolphins, whales and sea lions. This was a unique sports challenge which will be recorded in the Guinness World Records and which awakens the adventurer that lies within all of us.


How does one prepare for such a journey? What were the fears, the limitations of the project? How is going on the return to reality? Would you be willing to do it again tomorrow?





Our three extreme women rowers agreed to answer questions based on ‘top five':

What were the five key stages of your physical and mental preparation:

Interviews with Christian RAMOS: visualisation sessions/thinking of everything that could scare us during the adventure/recording of sophrology sessions/a little routine to awaken the body and put yourself in a positive mood

What were your five biggest fears:

Killer whales/The cold/Storms/Running into swells/Being arrested by the Chilean army after two days of rowing

What were your five best moments:

Christmas with the whole team/Leaving the glacier/Rowing with dolphins/Rowing at the foot of glaciers/Rounding Cape Horn

Describe us the five minutes crossing Cape Horn:

When we arrived in front of the rock, Cape Horn, it was really striking and impressive to see from our 3.6 metre long board as this has been feared so much by all seafarers worldwide. We became very emotional because this was the final objective of our project, so we thought of all the people who were not with us (volunteers, families, children, supporters etc…), and of all their investment as well as ours.

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Sea lions in Cape Horn

What were the five most used words during the crossing:

Cold/Where is the right glove?!/That’s so beautiful!/Wind/Ic

The five real chores :

The logistical delay/Requirements of the Chilean authorities/Waiting for a good weather window so that we could set off/Rowing in hail with a wind speed of 25 knots/Trying to sleep in the 2 hour 10 minute rest breaks between rowing time

What are the five things that you should not forget to bring with you for such a challenge:

A GoPro camera /EQ suncream /The combination of a cagoule, gloves and ROXY socks /Heatable cushion /Chocolate

What were the five most impressive animals:

Whales/White dolphins/Black dolphins/Sea lions/Petrels



The five prides removed from this adventure :

Being the first people to round Cape Horn on a paddle board/Being women/Following through our adventure/Never giving up in times of difficulty/We are proud of our team

Name five conclusions you came to about the planet since this journey:

There are large inequalities between countries concerning the environment/There is far too much plastic in nature/Nature is magnificent and we must take care of it/Certain species are becoming increasingly rare/Even if some habits are difficult to change in some cultures, we are all conscious that human impact is damaging nature.

How were the five days after your return to France:

It was great seeing friends and family again…we were away for a long time (we left on the 8th December) including the special holiday season at the end of the year…We really felt a difference as we were truly at “the end of the world” among magnificent nature that we won’t get to see again. It was difficult to catch up on sleep.




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