As Yves Gélinas was sailing around the world, people were talking of a new art form called “Performance” which combined disciplines in various fields of expression.


The “Performance” of Yves Gélinas


In attempting to sail non–stop
between Saint-Malo and Gaspé

through the Roaring Forties and around Cape Horn

alone aboard his boat Jean-du-Sud,

Yves Gélinas would add his personal share

to the art of sailing a small boat around the world.


But this performance in the field of sport

would comprise accomplishments
in three other domains of creation :

the design of a gear to self-steer his boat,

the writing of a book to narrate the voyage,

the shooting of a 16 mm film while sailing.


While the circumnavigation was not accomplished non-stop,

Jean-du-Sud was the smallest boat to sail that route

and Yves Gélinas was granted the Golden Circle Award

by the Joshua Slocum Society International.



 In 28,200 miles, Yves Gélinas never had to steer his boat;

under the brand name CapeHorn,

his self-steering gear
was introduced on the market in 1989,

and now makes many fellow sailors happy worldwide

while providing its designer with a comfortable living.


The book Jean-du-Sud et l’Oizo-Magick
(in French, 200 pages)

was first published in Québec in 1988,

was out of print 2 years later

and was re-edited in France in 1997.




The film With Jean-du-Sud Around the World

was broadcast in 15 countries

won 9 awards (5 Gold, 1 Silver) in 7 Festivals

and is considered by many the best sailing film ever made.


It was reproduced in more  than four thousand

video-cassettes, DVD and downloads,


It was recently re-mastered in HD

thanks to the generosity of a New York film and sailing enthusiast.


To mark the importance of the accomplishment in seamanship

and the high artistic quality of the audio-visual documents produced,

Laval University of Québec

granted an Honorary Doctorate
Yves Gélinas

"For outstanding seamanship
and artistic achievements"



Suite: Introduction to the Film

CapeHorn Integrated Self-Steering

An image is worth a thousand words
and sending it by E-mail is so easy:
send us pictures of the stern of your boat,
the cockpit and lazarette area,
its steering gear, belowdecks if needed.

We will suggest a model and its installation,
and tell you what and where to measure
to build a gear that will fit your boat perfectly


Witness how some of our customers have, on their blog or web site,  described their installation and use of the CapeHorn




Beneteau First 375 ASCENSION

Bristol 32 KESTREL


Cape Dory 28 CELTIC RAY

Cape Dory 36 FAR REACH

Contessa 26 BIRGITTA

Contessa 26 CAVENDYSH

Ericson 39B SENTA II

Frances 26 Anihoya

Hallberg Rassy Monsun JANNA

Hallberg Rassy Rasmus


Kaskelot 10.30 SALT

Kelly-Peterson 44 TAJ

Pacific Seacraft Dana SOCKDOLAGER

Pacific Seacraft Orion SAOIRSE

Pearson 33 HERMES



Westsail 32 NEVERLAND

Westsail 32 RODE TRIP

Read Andy Schell's article on

Jean-du-Sud and the Magick-Byrd,
the book by Yves Gélinas that narrated his 28 000 mile single-handed circumnavigation through the Southern Ocean and around Cape Horn aboard Alberg 30 Jean-du-Sud, has been translated in English and published by Andy Schell and Mia Karlsson of 59 North Sailing.

It was first published in French in Canada in 1986, then in France in 1996. 

Available both in print, and as a podcast,
read by the author.

-Order the Book- 

-Download the Podcast-

CapeHorn is the choice of

Andy Shell and Mia Karlsson.

Donna Lange, for

Sail Twice Around
Non-Stop Sail around the World

With Jean-du-Sud Around the World
-watch the trailer and order the video-


Listen to David Anderson's Sailing Podcast featuring Yves Gélinas