Originally Posted by Bpw
I'm curious, of those who say not possible, how many have actually been there?
I've never ridden a rodeo bull but it looks dangerous to my primitive brain stem. Isn't that enough?
What's unsaid here previously (I think, I haven't read this in awhile) is that there's a difference between a stunt trick and an actual voyage. The typical issue is you're sailing around the world and you take all the Great Capes as they come, not sit in Puerto Toro waiting for an easy day for the Horn. So there's the skipper's question: World Class Yachtsman or stunt pilot?
As an aside, modern electronics/materials have made what were epic voyages then, routine now, as we all know. I know quite a few circumnavigators these days. I don't see any of them the equal of the the old timers that rounded the capes and wrote about it. YMMV.