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Getting Technical

Today the wind hasn’t risen above 12 knots, which has given me the opportunity to continue to configure the various electronic systems on board Aventura. This is a case in point – as we’re …

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Aventura Selfie!

…and I thought it was just Hollywood celebrities that took them.

You maybe wondering about the routine of life on-board now 3 days into the passage. After the night watches, the early morning brings …

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Latest from Marina Lanzarote

The latest aerial photo of Marina Lanzarote in Arrecife (Lanzarote, Canary Islands)

From August 2014, yachts will be able to take advantage of the new boat yard which has a 100 ton travel lift …

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Passage to Greenland

Pilot Tidal Station

Today, Sunday 8 June, is World Oceans Day, hopefully an auspicious omen for the start of our 1200 mile passage from Orkney to Greenland. Choosing the right time of departure …

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Scottish Landfall

We arrived at Stromness, in the Orkney Islands, early this morning after a rather uneventful but highly enjoyable passage from London. Aventura’s 560 miles voyage proved that she …

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Aventura's crew

It is now time to introduce Aventura’s crew for the initial leg to Nuuk, the capital of Greenland. Nick Carter is a consultant in rheumatology and sports medicine. He has owned …

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A Sunny Day in the North Sea

The colourful Parasailor spinnaker we had hoped to deploy at our start from London, finally came into its own yesterday. A welcome southerly breeze filled the large sail and Aventura took off …

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Being a Citizen Scientist

In these days of global austerity, many scientific institutions have seen their research funds cut and some major oceanographic projects are threatened by the inability to obtain up to date information on current conditions, …

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London send-off

Aventura sails through Tower Bridge

The Blue Planet Odyssey had a symbolic start today when London’s iconic Tower Bridge was opened twice, first to let Aventura through into the Pool of London, …

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Aventura's First Voyage

Aventura takes her message across the Channel

At 0015 local time on Saturday morning, May 24, Aventura finally set off on her long awaited maiden voyage. The relatively short 240 miles passage across …

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What the Ocean Blog is about

Follow Our Ocean Blog to learn about the Ocean through the stories of people who know the Ocean best: sailors, islanders, scientists, young people and old.

If you are an educator, a student, or …

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Video: Aventura launch 26 May 2014

Aventura’s official naming ceremony took place in Limehouse Basin, London, as she and her crew get ready for their trip through the Northwest Passage this summer. Jimmy Cornell’s first boat, also Aventura, was launched a …

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Aventura's Maiden Voyage

At 0015 local time on Saturday morning, May 24, Aventura finally set off on her long awaited maiden voyage. The relatively short 240 miles passage across the English Channel from Cherbourg to London was a prelude to the longer voyage …

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Aventura gets star treatment during media week in Cherbourg

Journalists from all over Europe took up the invitation of Garcia Yachting to visit, review and test the first Exploration 45, a revolutionary long distance cruising yacht conceived by experienced sailor Jimmy Cornell and described by him as a “boat for all seas and all seasons”. …

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Video on France 3 TV: Report on Aventura and an interview with Jimmy Cornell (in French)

Aventura et Jimmy Cornell on France 3 TV channel …

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Like a silver knife through the water

Aventura: A few photos from the official Garcia Exploration 45 official photo shoot © Morris Adant

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UNESCO-IOC and Cornell Sailing Events sign agreement to cooperate on scientific research


Jimmy Cornell, director of Cornell Sailing Events, Michel Morvan, Director General of Municipal Strategy, City of Brest, and Martin Kramp, Small Ship Coordinator, JCOMMOPS.

A formal agreement was signed recently between …

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Aventura shows her pace

As we cast the mooring lines and David Oestereicher, the Garcia Yachting’s commissioning skipper, eased Aventura away from the dock, I realised that the moment of truth had finally arrived. As far as the actual concept was concerned, I had absolutely no doubt that Aventura had fulfilled all my expectations. But however beautiful, or functional, a yacht may be, in the end what really counts is her sailing performance. …

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Aventura IV is finished on time

Just over one year since her conception and almost exactly nine months since work started on the hull, Aventura is ready for her sea trials and final commissioning.

All essential work has been completed and, …

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Welcome Aboard to our First Pacific Odyssey Entry

LOVESAIL about to leave Santa Cruz in the Canary Islands, January 2012, headed for the Eastern Caribbean. Four out of these five sailors should be on the Odyssey.

British-flagged Lovesail, a Lagoon 410 catamaran, …

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Video: GEMM's Atlantic crossing

La bizzarra traversata atlantica – The bizarre Atlantic crossing (Vimeo – 05:12)Atlantic Odyssey 2013, Lanzarote-MartiniqueA video from Vincenzo Visenzi, S/V GEMM (Swan 55)

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Photo Album (Facebook): First Arrival in Martinique …

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Aventura meets her muses

Ever since she first touched water on 14 April, Aventura has attracted a stream of visitors but none more important than Nera and Doina Cornell who have been instrumental in her genesis. …

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An Invitation to the European Odyssey from Jimmy Cornell

Every summer hundreds of boats from Northern Europe head south, some bound for the Mediterranean, others for the Canaries and beyond. Soon after I launched the ARC in 1986 I drew up plans for a …

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Aventura IV launch in Cherbourg: video & photos

Jimmy Cornell’s AVENTURA IV was launched at Allures Yachting in Cherbourg (France) on Monday. The sea trials will take place in the coming weeks, before her official launch on May 14. AVENTURA IV …

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Video: Atlantic Odyssey 2013-14 drifter buoy deployment

Sailing yacht FLEUR DE SEL deploy a NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, USA) drifter buoy – Vimeo – 02:01

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