World Odyssey Race

The World Odyssey Race 2016-2017 is a global race for amateur sailors with the aim of bringing back the Corinthian spirit of earlier round the world races.

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.

I want to give ordinary sailors the opportunity to race on their own terms. In recent years I have spoken to many owners of production boats who are keen to race around the world in a competitive event but see themselves excluded by the dominance of all current offshore races by sponsored high-tech yachts sailed by professional crews. The World Odyssey will answer this demand by bringing back the Corinthian spirit of earlier round the world races.
Jimmy Cornell

Cape of Good Hope
Cape Agulhas, the southernmost point of Africa
Cape Leeuwin (Photo ZambeziShark)
Cape Horn landfall

In order to keep costs at a reasonable level, only production mono-hulled boats between 40 and 60 ft LOA will be eligible, with no performance enhancing modifications being allowed to the standard design. There will be separate classes for double-handed and fully crewed boats. The World Odyssey will be run under the IRC rating rule and is scheduled to be held every two years.

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.

The 28,300 mile route has been divided into 11 legs, with stopovers in ports with good yachting facilities that are also attractive destinations. A longer stop has been planned in the New Zealand capital Wellington for families and friends to join the crews for the Christmas holiday season.

Having successfully weathered the Southern Ocean and Cape Horn, an extended sojourn in Ushuaia will allow the crews to enjoy Patagonia during the austral summer.

During their circumnavigation participants in the World Odyssey will take part in a number of oceanographic and meteorological projects under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO and in collaboration with the World Meteorological Organisation and National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).