What Odyssey sailors say

Tom & Emily Davidson, s/v BONAIRE

The seminars were great and have given us plenty of food for thought. The tone that you all approached the pre-start tasks with was spot on. […]
We very much got the impression that for Jimmy [Cornell], he takes pleasure in sharing his experience and to help others, such as ourselves start out. And really, that came across from all of you.
And, for us on Bonaire, this is exactly why we joined the Atlantic Odyssey.

Geoffrey Bowler, s/v JANIKA LYCKA

Being part of Barbados 50 was a tremendous experience, in great part because of Jimmy’s personal input and the cheery Luc [Callebaut], fantastic value for money, great camaraderie and I would recommend it to anyone.

Henri Shongut, s/v SERENDIP

The organisers arrive with a great deal of experience, and at the same time as leaving participants quite free, they organise very interesting activities.
(See also: Warm wise words from an Odyssey sailor)

Erik Holmberg, s/v ACES 4

The Atlantic Odyssey is a rally for people who don’t like rallies!

Bill & Judy Rouse, s/v BEBE

We thoroughly enjoyed participating in the Atlantic Odyssey. This was our first rally and we were a bit apprehensive about participating in a group activity such as this because we usually do not like being committed to group activities and schedules. But we think Jimmy Cornell has organized these rallies well and the price certainly cannot be beat. You receive much more than should be expected for the minimal participation fees.

Roland Svensson, s/v GUNSAN

Perfect size of fleet to know all boats and most crew.

Michel & Florence Ghys, s/v TI PUNCH

From the very first contact until the welcome on arrival, through all the preparatory seminars, the welcome drinks, the support during the crossing, and all the encounters which happened because we were 42 crews preparing to undertake the same project and celebrate its achievement, all this contributed to make our own project a truly unique experience.
[…] And above all we would like to send a big thank you to Pascal and Pascale [Guiraudou] for their welcome, support and guidance

Russell Altendorff, s/v ENTERPRISE

The past week [in Lanzarote] has been a blur of fantastic seminars – notably from Jimmy Cornell himself – as well as some other excellent speakers.

Colin Rath, s/v PERSEVERE

The Atlantic Odyssey was a great value as it included several local tours and parties on Tenerife and Martinique, plus a week dockage in both places, all for a very modest fee. The rally was extremely well managed and the girls loved having kids their age to play with for over a month.

Jeff and Gayle Allen, s/v LAZY BONES

The entire experience has been very positive. Even after 40,000 miles of cruising and coming 3/4 the way around the world, we found the seminars, the safety checks, the equipment checks all to be very useful. There is always something new to learn.
Everyone has been so friendly and supportive in helping us get ready.
It really makes a difference and we just want to be sure you know how much we appreciate everyone’s support.

Søren & Christina Sloth Møllers, s/v SIF

We mostly enjoyed the wonderful welcome we got from both Pascale & Pascal and the crew from other boats. It was the best welcome we could have wished for.
(See also: Greetings from the SIF family)

Simon & Jenny Wilmshurst-Smith , s/v FENICIA

We have, without doubt, benefitted from joining a rally. The ocean sailing seminars were very good indeed […] Jimmy Cornell is charismatic, knowledgeable and very willing to discuss any sailing issue in the office or on the boat (and he has a good team around him). The greatest benefit to us of the rally-style is in meeting with other crews and comparing notes and strategies – my goodness, you never stop learning.

Francis Houdré, s/v VÉTOCÉAN

We appreciated very much visiting each of these marvellous islands. They have all their own personality, but what they have in common is the warmth of their welcome, the kindness of their people and authorities. Please continue!

Peter Kohz, s/v BLUE MOON

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to visit this interesting group of islands. If we hadn’t taken the decision to join the Canaries Odyssey we would not have visited any other island besides Lanzarote. We are so happy to have discovered their beauty and all this was all due to participating in this organised event.

Michel Tabusse & Hélène de Lagarde, s/v VELVET

We did not wish to cross over to the West Indies without having taken the time to discover the Canaries and the Cape Verdes. This is why we chose to take part in the Islands Odyssey and we have not regretted that decision.
All of the islands were magnificent and welcoming, and the extra stopovers gave us many opportunities to make ever closer bonds with our fellow participants. We will definitely visit all the seven Canary Islands when we make our next crossing!

Stefan & Annette Wendl, s/v ANNE

This whole trip has been a tremendous experience for the five of us. I’m pretty sure we’ll do it some day again. Thanks to all of you.
(See also: A Great Big Atlantic Odyssey Thank You)

Ester, s/v KRISTINE

The last week [in Lanzarote] has been absolutely amazing. You can’t imagine how many wonderful people that are involved in this rally, nor how much happiness and love we’ve shared on seminars, adventures and late evenings.

Constantin Goth & Urte Lindenberg, s/v HAPA NA SASA

What we liked best: The networking with other participants in the week before and after the event. Also the programme for the kids and parties/excursions.

Luc & Yveline Formagne, s/v DOUDOU

We will never forget our crossing and we are extremely happy to have been able to take part in the Atlantic Odyssey. […]

The week of pre-start briefings was really helpful and we left feeling pretty calm. It was very motivating to receive a daily position update from all the other boats with whom we could correspond via email (we were not alone in the event of a crisis). […]

Most moving for all the boats was the festive welcome, the earliest arrivals with fog horns, the tourism office with the famous planter’s punch. After the voyage, the atmosphere on the pontoon was really super.

Debra & Paul Witting, s/v TUMI

We liked the intimacy of a small rally.

Antonio Pascale, s/v OM

I do remember the days in Arrecife with the families of the Atlantic Odyssey with great saudade, in Italian we say nostalgia. I wish they all could come to New Zealand and have another lunch together! […] Without the Odyssey the second part of our journey would not have been the same. Thanks Jimmy and team.

Eric Loss, s/v SEA DRAGON

I really enjoyed participating in the Atlantic Odyssey – I had never seriously even considered doing a rally and was a bit skeptical when we decided to participate with SEA DRAGON. I have to say my mind was changed – I thought the community that developed around the docks before and after the trip was wonderful. Thanks for helping to pull together such a good group and keep it low key and fun.

(Eric crewed on GAVROCHE for the crossing, leaving SEA DRAGON to her all-female crew)

Peter Graves, s/v PENNY LANE

I must thank the Cornell team, for […] all the support given while we were working to get ready. […] In fact the whole welcome in La Palma could not have been bettered.

Vincenzo Visenzi, s/v GEMM

I take the opportunity to thank all of you for the family feeling we had in the last weeks and wish the Atlantic Odyssey and Blue Planet Odyssey to become very successful around the world, I have been very happy taking part in this rally and I hope to do it again in the future.

Isabelle Lachapelle, s/v FLEUR DE SEL

A big thank you to Jimmy and all the team for your welcome, your professionalism, your kindness and your humility. To all those families who would like to cross the Atlantic, don’t hesitate to join the next Odyssey. You’ll be happy you did.

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