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Howard Rice sailed and paddled a 15' 2" sailing canoe solo around Cape Horn, Chile.[1] Articles about his expedition have appeared in Outside Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Yachting Magazine, many international newspapers and is referenced in numerous books on the subject of ocean kayaking and canoe sailing.

He utilized a Klepper folding canoe often referred to as a sailing canoe in 1989-1990. His voyage covered three and a half months solo in Tierra Del Fuego. His route took him down the Beagle Channel through the Wollaston Islands to Cape Horn Hornos Island and back as far west as Timbales in the western Beagle Channel. He prepared for the effort by extensive training for two years including sessions with ocean kayaker Eric Stiller including a number of canoe sailing trips in winter conditions. His training with Eric Stiller included paddling and sailing the Hudson River in New York in winter conditions at times with temperatures below zero. Other training venues included the Great Lakes. After his voyage he and Eric Stiller trainedKey West, Florida US Army Special Forces and Navy SEAL MAROPS. In this role he delivered small boat specific training as an instructor/trainer in small boat handling techniques and marine operations. He authored an operations section in the US Army Special Forces MAROPS manual pertaining to one and two-man folding boat use.

Howard was awarded a certificate of merit commemorating his voyage by the Armada de Chile (Chilean Navy) at Puerto Williams Chile on March 11, 1990, as the first solo sailing canoe to successfully round and double Cape Horn.[2]

From January 2017 through April 2017 he solo sailed an 11' 11" modified SCAMP sailboat. He built the boat specifically for this voyage south down the Strait of Magellan and into the western Beagle Channel. He started his voyage in Patagonia and sailed south into Tierra del Fuego. He explored some of the Southwest islands of Tierra del Fuego.


  1. ^ Morse, Dan (5 Feb 1990). "Alone Around the Horn". Sports Illustrated.
  2. ^ Small Craft Advisor (58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63). July–August 2009. Missing or empty |title= (help)