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World Cruising Routes survey by Jimmy Cornell

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.

Cruising guru Jimmy Cornell and author of World Cruising Routes 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: 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.

Cornell Sailing

Cornell Sailing organise non–competitive rallies for sailors wanting to enjoy the safety and social aspects of a purely amateur event. For further information on Cornell Sailing go to

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