Why Join

We’d love you to be part of one of our Odyssey rallies, and here are some great reasons why:

Support & Safety

  • Jimmy Cornell‘s unequalled track record in organising rallies for cruising sailors.

  • Full-time support from the experienced Cornell Sailing Events team before and during the event.

  • A unique package of support and information ranging from weekend seminars to onboard demonstrations by experienced circumnavigators.
    Seminars include talks by Jimmy Cornell on voyage planning, and bring in experts from across the field of cruising.

  • Full safety inspection of your boat and advice from experienced team members.
  • Full skippers briefings before the start.

    Safety inspection

    Skipper briefing

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During the event

  • At-sea communications network facilitated by the Cornell Sailing Events team.
  • The position of each vessel is tracked on this website. Boats which do not have a tracking system compatible with the online tracking system (such as the Iridium Extreme satphone or Iridium Go) will be loaned a satellite tracking device for the duration of the rally.

    Participants can receive a daily summary of all the other boats positions via email.

  • Real-time sharing of fleet updates via the website and Facebook so family and friends can follow your progress online.

    ‘Today is our 23rd wedding anniversary and it will be one to remember, our first one at sea. Just the two of us with a few good friends around us in VHF contact.’

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Docking & Discounts

Each of our Odysseys also has its own unique set of incentives, which we have negotiated on your behalf.

These include

  • Free docking in start and finish ports.



  • A range of exclusive discounts on marine supplies and long term docking fees.

(Download the Regulations or contact us for details.)

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Not forgetting the social side…

The success of the Odyssey rallies is based on the atmosphere of friendly interaction between participants. To maintain this unique atmosphere, the number of boats is limited to maximum 50.

  • Social and family activities before the start

  • Welcome parties on arrival

  • Support of other participants before, during and after the event
  • Membership of the Odyssey Cruising Sailors private Facebook group
  • Friendships that will last…

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Sail the Odyssey program

  • Take part in sailors’ citizen science programmes and contribute to ocean science.

    Sea birds logging – Photo: Themi

  • Make a difference with our community projects, beach clean-ups, and more.

    School visit – Photo: S/V Sta Vast


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