Jimmy Cornell’s Transatlantic Preparation Seminar - London, 24 March 2018


We really enjoyed the day and found it to be very helpful on a number of levels. It was particularly useful for my wife as she hasn’t had the sailing I have been lucky enough to experience.
Pete Goss, MBE

A very inspiring day!
Ian and Lorraine Cuthbertson

Sharpened our thoughts about our own plans for cruising.
Jennifer Sherlock

A wonderful introduction to Bluewater sailing.
Peter Ramshaw

This comprehensive one-day seminar is based both on Jimmy Cornell’s considerable personal experience and the practical information gathered as the organiser of 32 transatlantic and six round the world rallies.

Guest speakers will deal with specific subjects based on their expertise.



  • £95 per person
    £160 per couple
  • Cruising Association members will get a 10 % discount.
  • Booking fee includes hand-outs, lunch, coffee and refreshments.
  • Places limited – book early to avoid disappointment.


To reserve a place and for more information:


Time   Speaker
0900 – 1000 Southbound
Essential aspects of preparations and execution of a successful voyage from Northern Europe to: Mediterranean, Madeira, Canary Islands, Eastern Caribbean, and the return voyage home.
Jimmy Cornell
1000 – 1015 Break 
1015 – 1045 Off-shore communications
• Satellite • SSB radio • Email • Weather
Ed Wildgoose
1045 – 1100 Q&A on communications Jimmy Cornell
Ed Wildgoose
1100 – 1200 The main factors that can contribute to the success or failure of a transatlantic voyage
• Choice of boat and equipment
• Financial aspects, the cost of cruising
• Crew
• Self-sufficiency: dealing with emergencies, tools and spares.
Jimmy Cornell
1200 – 1230 Boat and personal insurance
All you need to know
Robert Stevens
1230 – 1330 Lunch 
1330 – 1400 Energy consumption and generation on a transatlantic voyage Peter Anderson
1400 – 1415 Q&A on energy Jimmy Cornell
Peter Anderson
1415 – 1445 Sailing as a family, as couples, with or without children Doina Cornell
1445 – 1515 World Cruising Today
Jimmy Cornell gives an overview of the current cruising scene based on the most recent statistics from 50 key locations around the world.
Jimmy Cornell
1515 – 1545 Break – tea & coffee 
1545 – 1645 Offshore routines
• Watches
• Downwind sails
• Provisions for short-handed sailing
• Tips on sailing in the tropics
• Fishing
Jimmy Cornell
1700 – 1730 Q&A on the day’s essential subjects  



Jimmy CornellAn accomplished sailor and successful author, Jimmy Cornell has sailed over 200,000 miles in all oceans of the world including three circumnavigations as well as voyages to Antarctica and the Northwest Passage.

In the last three decades he has organised 32 transatlantic rallies, five round the world rallies and one round the world race.

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. Most of Jimmy Cornell’s books have been translated into several languages. Read more


Doina CornellDoina Cornell is Event Coordinator for the Odyssey Rallies.

She is a qualified teacher, writer and local councillor and, having grown up on a boat, is well placed to have a real understanding of the dynamics of onboard family life. Read more


Ed WildgooseEd Wildgoose established MailASail in 2001, when his parents set off on their circumnavigation & found satellite communications expensive to use. MailASail now have a global customer base and supply & support satellite phones from all of the main satcom manufacturers (Iridium, Inmarsat, Thuraya & Globalstar).


Peter AndersonPeter Anderson B.A. is the Managing Director of Eclectic Energy Limited.

A keen sailor and yachtsman, Peter spent 5 years on the development of the DuoGen before the product’s launch in 2002. Eclectic Energy is a leader in the field of micro wind and water generators, and supplies products for marine leisure, onshore off-grid, and micro generation.



Robert StevensRobert Stevens is the Managing Director of Topsail Insurance Ltd.

Rob started in marine insurance 32 years ago and in that time has built up a wealth of experience. He established Topsail and from small beginnings of insuring the Blue Water Rally fleet, has built up the company to be recognised as the specialist insurer for long distance blue water cruising. He opened Topsail’s Australian office in 2015 which caters for Australasian clients and this office continues to grow from strength to strength.

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