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World Cruising Routes...

Just how many cruisers are out there and where are they all going? Pirates, economics, and personal ambitions have reshaped the courses sailed by the world’s fleet of over 10,000 bluewater cruising sailboats.
World cruising guru Jimmy Cornell has been conducting surveys of the global movements of cruising yachts since 1984.  In this 6-part article, he looks at trends over the years.

>> Part 1: Introduction & Atlantic Ocean (North Atlantic)
>> Part 2: Atlantic Ocean (Caribbean – Antarctica – Arctic)
>> Part 3: Pacific Ocean (Panama to Tahiti)
>> Part 4: Pacific Ocean (West and North from Tahiti)
>> Part 5: Indian Ocean
>> Part 6: Mediterranean & Conclusion

About the author

Accomplished sailor and successful author, Jimmy Cornell has sailed 200,000 miles in all oceans of the world including three circumnavigations as well as voyages to Antarctica, Alaska and Spitsbergen.  Thousands of sailors have fulfilled their dream of blue water cruising with the help of Jimmy Cornell’s books, among them the bestseller World Cruising Routes, now in its seventh edition. With nearly 200,000 copies sold to date, this is one of the best selling nautical publications in the world.   As the founder of the highly successful ARC transatlantic rally, Jimmy Cornell is credited with having devised the offshore cruising rally concept.  In the last 28 years Jimmy Cornell has organised 24 transatlantic rallies, four round the world rallies and one round the world race, with over 3,000 boats and 15,000 sailors having participated in his sailing events.

Jimmy Cornell’s current sailing events are:

A round the world event aiming to raise awareness of the global effects of climate change, as rising sea levels threaten to extinguish island communities such as Tuvalu and the Maldives by the end of this century.

A new transatlantic rally from the Canaries to the Caribbean.

A rally aimed at boats sailing from Northern Europe to the Canaries or Mediterranean. Staring in Hamburg, the rally will make its way south with stops in the London, Cherbourg, Brest, La Coruna, Porto and Lisbon. From there, boats bound for the Mediterranean will sail to Gibraltar, while those bound for the Canaries will head for Rabat, the capital of Morocco. Landfall in the Canaries will be at the new Marina Lanzarote.

A new rally aimed at sailors heading from the Caribbean to the South Pacific. Starting in Miami at the end of December, a first stop will be made in Cuba from where the boats will head across the Caribbean Sea to the San Blas Islands. Boats in the Eastern Caribbean will start in early January from Martinque and meet the other leet in San Blas. Preparations for the transit of the Panama Canal will be completed at Shelter Bay Marina. On completion of the canal transit the boats will sail to the Galapagos Islands. A 3000 mile long passage will then take the boats to the Marquesas, with landfall at Atuona on the island of Hiva Oa.

A round the world race for non-professional sailors on production boats. The ten-month-long Odyssey will start in summer 2016 from a port in Atlantic France and follow the traditional sailing route around the three great capes of the Southern Ocean: Good Hope, Leeuwin and Horn.

Click on each Odyssey for further details, and for more information on
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