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Start of the Golden Globe Round the World Race

Eighteen valiant sailors are ready to start tomorrow on one of the most challenging events ever conceived. This single-handed non-stop event marks the 50th anniversary of the first single-handed non-stop circumnavigation achieved by Robin Knox …

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Start of the Shetland and Viking Races

Bergen, Norway

Today saw the start of the Bergen to Shetlands Race, now a classic event on the Norwegian racing calendar. The race is organised by the Bergen Sailing Association and since …

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The curtain falls on the London On-Water Festival

The fourth edition of this annual boat show came to an end on Saturday. In spite of the showery weather, the last day attracted the largest audience of the three-day show.

As with every …

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London On-Water Boat Show 2018 Gets Underway

The London On-Water boat show opened this morning in St Katherine’s marina located right by the iconic Tower Bridge.

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Family weekend seminar in Marstrand, Sweden

Over the years I have held seminars and lectures in a variety of places, from a barge moored on the banks of the River Seine to the impressive America’s Cup Hall of Fame at …

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Caribbean Odyssey farewell party brings the Odysseys to a happy end!

The farewell party was hosted at the Barbados Yacht Club beach restaurant.

The evening started with a special prize for Andreas and Sandra of the yacht Pico, who had missed the start of …

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All Caribbean Odyssey boats have arrived safely in Barbados

Late on Thursday afternoon saw the arrival of Tubalcain, whose crew were happy to make landfall after their 2020 miles of 14 days passage from Mindelo in the Cape Verde Islands.

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Australian yacht Sandro is the second Caribbean Odyssey arrival in Barbados

The crew of Olena are on hand to take Sandro’s lines.

Happy reunion after two weeks at sea

The next to arrive just before nightfall will be Tubalcain, followed …

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The first Caribbean Odyssey boat makes landfall in Barbados

At midday on Tuesday, the Swiss yacht Olena squeezed past the huge bulk of the cruiseship Pullmantur into the small craft area of Bridgetown Harbour after a 13-day passage from the Cape Verde Islands.

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The curtain falls over this year’s Düsseldorf boat show

During the last 9 days, 247,000 people from 94 countries visited this, the largest and undoubtedly best boat show in the world.

This was also a year of records for boot Düsseldorf: 1,923 …

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A meeting point for friends old and new

The Düsseldorf boat show has established itself as the premier nautical exhibition in the world, both for the wide range of yachts and marine equipment and the number of visitors.

One …

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The Caribbean Odyssey yachts start the transatlantic passage to Barbados

After a six-day stopover in Mindelo’s welcoming marina, the Caribbean Odyssey yachts set sail for their Caribbean destination. The first to leave, one day earlier than the others because of time constraints, was Olena.

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Participants in the Caribbean Odyssey are enjoying their Cape Verdes stopover

Welcome party for the Caribbean Odyssey participants hosted by Laura and Lutz Meyer-Scheel (in foreground) in Marina Mindelo’s floating bar.

The stopover in this welcoming marina was too short to sail across to …

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All Caribbean Odyssey boats have arrived in the Cape Verde Islands

The French yacht Tubalcain makes a safe landfall in Mindelo late on Friday.

The crew of Tubalcain, happy to have made it into the marina just before nightfall at the end …

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First Caribbean Odyssey yachts arrive in Mindelo, São Vicente

The Swiss catamaran Olena made landfall in the Cape Verdes at noon on Friday almost exactly one week after the start in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

The slower than expected 830-mile passage was blamed …

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Caribbean Odyssey starts from Tenerife

Santa Cruz de Tenerife

After a wonderful start to the new year with days of cobalt blue skies, steady NE winds and pleasant temperatures, culminating with a balmy night for the Three Kings’ procession, …

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A colourful farewell from Tenerife for the Caribbean Odyssey

Thousands of people lined the streets of Santa Cruz, the capital of Tenerife, on Friday evening to watch the Three Kings procession windings its way along a 3-kilometre route. This annual event takes place …

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The Caribbean Odyssey is preparing to leave Tenerife

Participants in the Caribbean Odyssey in front of the map of Tenerife at the Royal Yacht Club of Tenerife.

A welcome party for participants in the Caribbean Odyssey was held at the luxurious …

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Winter News from Jimmy Cornell

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Every Odyssey Comes to an End

In 2013, almost exactly 15 years after I had stopped my involvement with the ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers), I decided to launch the Atlantic Odyssey, the aim of which was to bring back the …

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Atlantic Odyssey - Barbados arrivals 12 December

The last three Atlantic Odyssey boats made a safe landfall in Barbados today, with perfect timing for tonight’s welcome and prize giving party at the Barbados Yacht Club.

The first to arrive was Wellis.

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Atlantic Odyssey - Barbados arrivals 11 December

Every morning just after dawn an unusual ritual takes place on the beach in Carlisle Bay. As I watch from my hotel room balcony, what I presume to be stable-hands from the nearby race …

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Northwest Passage: The good times seem to be over

We have just been informed that from now on transits of the Northwest Passage will be much more difficult.

Sailing past Cuming glacier

Because of the irresponsible behaviour of a sailor who transited the …

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Report from the Annapolis boat show

The largest US boat show has come to a successful end, and even the threat of hurricane Nate only materialised on the very last day of the show with a few hours of heavy …

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Jimmy Cornell answers sailors' Caribbean hurricane concerns

We have been contacted by several sailors expressing their safety concerns following the recent hurricanes that have affected some of the Caribbean islands.

• Is damage to yachting facilities so bad that you shouldn’t …

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