All posts by: Jimmy Cornell

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A Winter Passage to Florida

Having spent two months in Annapolis, Maryland, the week before Christmas Aventura left southbound for Key West, in South Florida. We had a good sail down Chesapeake Bay with good winds on a cold, but …

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Invitation to London Atlantic Voyage Planning Seminar with Jimmy Cornell

On completion of a 10,000 miles maiden voyage on my new Aventura that took me from London to Greenland, Arctic Canada, Newfoundland, US east coast and the Bahamas, I would like to invite …

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Last Weekend at the Paris Boat Show

The second weekend of the Paris Boat Show attracted many visitors with a very crowded Friday evening when the show kept its doors open until 10pm.

Being invited to sign books on the stand …

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Cancellation of World Odyssey Race

During the last two weeks we have received the details of the boats for the provisional entry list in the World Odyssey Race. Unfortunately we were forced to recognise that too many of those …

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Reliability of C-Map electronic charts in the Arctic

During this summer I completed a 8500-miles voyage in the North Atlantic that took me from London, UK, to Annapolis, USA, via Greenland and Arctic Canada. Throughout this voyage I used exclusively C-map …

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Panama – Where Time Never Stands Still

When I first transited the Panama Canal in 1977 it was still under US administration, cruising boats were a negligible minority, a fraction of the roughly 1,000 yachts that nowadays transit the canal every year. By 1991, when we arrived with the first round the world rally, …

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Passage to Annapolis

39 07.2 N 76 19.89 W

After her gruelling and eventful maiden voyage of over 8000 miles Aventura was left in the care of the New England Boatworks in Portsmouth, R.I., to give her a …

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US Landfall

We made landfall Saturday morning at 0900 local time as we passed Race Point at the entrance into Cape Cod Bay. Since leaving St John’s less than one week ago we had covered …

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Northwest Passage Gate Opens

location 57′ 10N, 51′ 43W

Today, 31 August, is exactly 3 months since Aventura left London bound for Arctic Canada and the Northwest Passage. Since then we have covered over 6000 miles and are now …

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Change of plan

location: 60′ 39N, 51’03W

Iceberg in front of Nuuk

With Doina’s exception, all Aventura’s remaining crew disembarked in Nuuk, and flew home. We had just finished preparing Aventura for the long passage …

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Beechey Island

Located at the western end of Lancaster Sound, Beechey Island is the site where the ill-fated expedition led by Sir John Franklin, spent their first Arctic winter in 1845-46. Two well-equipped ships, Terror and …

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A turning point

Cuming Inlet is a deep fjord that penetrates some 11 miles into the heart of Devon Island. Its steep sides, rising to several hundreds of meters, are a silent reminder of the passage of …

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Westbound boats for the Northwest Passage

The ice forecast for this season issued at the beginning of July gave the impression that this would be a normal year in the Canadian Arctic. On that basis, those planning a …

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The waiting game

We are still waiting for the ice situation to improve, so there is not much to do but deal with routine maintenance jobs, read, watch DVDs, listen to music, receive visitors from other boats waiting …

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Atlantic Odyssey detour to the Arctic

A sleek green ketch flying the Australian flag made its way slowly into Dundas Harbour and dropped anchor close to us. Standing out on its lifelines was a white banner with a large number …

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Icebound

The Canadian Ice Service published on 1 August the ice forecast for the next month. Although in general terms conditions in Arctic Canada are described as normal for this time of year, …

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Change of scenery

The long term forecast for the ice to start retreating in the approaches to the critical part of the Northwest Passage gives the first or possibly second week of August as a …

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Farewell to Greenland

After exactly one month to the day, we bid farewell to Greenland and set a course across Baffin Bay to the Canadian side and Lancaster Sound. We spent the last day cruising through Greenland’s spectacular …

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Across the Arctic Circle

location: 68’42N 52’52W

Jimmy explains the Arctic Circle to granddaughter Nera

Yesterday we crossed the Arctic Circle, which is regarded by some as the symbolic gateway to the Northwest Passage. There is, in …

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Farewell to Nuuk

Before leaving Nuuk, I went to the port office to complete departure formalities. I handed the pontoon keys to Johannes Lindenhann, the harbour master who had so warmly welcomed us on …

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Gun Ho in Nuuk

Throughout our stay in Nuuk Aventura has been tied up alongside Kisaq, a 20-metre workboat, strongly built and perfectly suited for these waters. The owner, Anders Pedersen, a former Danish Coast Guard officer, has …

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The strategy for an east to west transit of the Northwest Passage

In preparation for the transit of the Northwest Passage, I have been in contact with sailors who have accomplished a transit in recent years, have attended several lectures on the subject, have …

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Midsummer Day

In spite of a spell of strong contrary winds, we managed to arrive in Nuuk late last night. I had called the harbour …

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Book review by Jimmy Cornell: High Latitude Sailing

High Latitude Sailing Explore the cold waters of the world By Jon Amtrup Co-author Bob Shepton $US 9.99 Kindle version available on amazon.com Printed version to be published later this year.

As the …

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The shortest night

location: 63’30N. 51’34W

Last night the sun set at quarter to midnight local time and throughout the period of relative darkness it stayed barely hidden just below the northern horizon fringing it …

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