All posts by: Jimmy Cornell

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Lanzarote: Gateway to the Atlantic

Marina Lanzarote

Due to its ideal geographical location in the NE extremity of the Canaries archipelago, the land of Lanzarote is rapidly becoming the favourite landfall for yachts arriving in the Canary Islands from …

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Northwest Passage - Here They Come!

Arctic Monkey, Lou Morgan’s Exploration 45, has started her long voyage bound for Greenland and Arctic Canada. Accompanied by Zetty and their daughters Zoe, Leah and Rosie this summer they will attempt an east …

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Tahiti stopover

Welcome to the South Seas

The arrival in Tahiti has been a significant event in all our previous round the world rallies, and the Blue Planet Odyssey has been no exception. The participants had …

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Aventura on the move again … but not under her own power!

M.V. Tamper in Golfito

M.V. Tamper

After four weeks of patiently waiting at Fish Hook marina in Golfito, Costa Rica, on Thursday 29 April Aventura was loaded onto M.V. Tamper, a Sevenstar yacht …

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A New Attempt on the Northwest Passage?

Map of Aventura route 2014

After the decision was taken to abandon the passage to Tahiti, rather than transit the Panama Canal again, and sail back to Europe across the Atlantic, a very …

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Aventura Announcement

On 31 March, while sailing en route to Tahiti, an unexpected matter requiring my presence back home forced me to make a drastic change to my long term plans. So I have decided to …

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Transiting the Panama Canal in record time

Aventura completed the Panama Canal transit on Sunday afternoon and we are now on our way to Tahiti. We have about 4800 miles ahead of us, which I plan to sail nonstop as we need …

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Drina on the move again

After having completed a transit of the Northwest Passage in summer 2014 , Michael Thurston spent the winter on his own, aboard his faithful yacht Drina at Dutch Harbor, in the Aleutian Islands.

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We are sailing!

We are sailing

After several days of calms and very light winds, something that I had never experienced in the Caribbean Sea before, the wind finally came up… as did our Parasailor spinnaker. Dave …

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Memories, memories

We passed through the Windward Passage on Friday night and entered the Caribbean Sea. By Saturday morning, the wind had gone light and we decided to hoist the spinnaker to make some speed towards Panama, …

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Friday excitement

This is the first Friday on Aventura’s first long passage in 2015. All morning I was wondering what was going to break because on many occasions whenever something broke on the boat, it was almost …

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Aventura's Crew Ready For Next Adventure

We left Fort Lauderdale Monday afternoon bound for Panama, with about 1100 miles still to go. After transiting the canal, we plan to sail nonstop to Tahiti, about 4500 miles. In Tahiti we shall join …

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Impressions from Vanuatu

Jimmy Cornell is currently en route to Panama onboard Aventura. As the terrible destruction wreaked by Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu, one of the places the Blue Planet Odyssey

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Busy days at the Miami boat show

On completion of her 10,000 miles North Atlantic voyage, Aventura was exhibited at the Miami boat show.

Aventura

Having won the two most prestigious sailing awards in the United States – Cruising World Boat …

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European Yacht of the Year

The highlight of the first weekend at the world’s largest boat show, overcrowded with both special events and more people than in recent years, was the awards ceremony for the European Yacht of the Year. …

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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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