200,000 Miles - A Life of Adventure

200,000 miles, by Jimmy Cornell

200,000 Miles
A Life of Adventure
by Jimmy Cornell


In USA & Canada
– From Paradise Cay website
– From amazon.com

In the UK & elsewhere
– From amazon.co.uk
– From amazon.de
– From amazon.fr

● You can also buy the book
at one of Jimmy Cornell’s
talks/ book signing events.


Publisher: Cornell Sailing Ltd
Date: 2017
ISBN 978-0-9572626-8-3
520 photographs
432 pages


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Book description

Jimmy Cornell’s latest book is based on his extensive knowledge of offshore cruising gained from an experience that stretches over four decades.

Jimmy has sailed over 200,000 miles in all oceans of the world, including three circumnavigations as well as two voyages to Antarctica and a successful transit of the Northwest Passage.

As the founder of the ARC transatlantic rally, in the last 30 years Jimmy Cornell has organized 28 transatlantic and six round the world rallies.

As organizer of these events, he has come into contact with over 15,000 sailors and the experience gained from dealing with so many different boats and sailors has been an invaluable source of knowledge of the global cruising scene that adds a special dimension to this book.

200,000 Miles deals with all essential aspects of offshore voyaging and long distance cruising. Every subject is dealt with in an informative and entertaining manner, backed up by telling incidents or anecdotes from the author’s wide-ranging experience.

While primarily aimed at sailors who are planning or making preparations for a longer voyage, this book will also appeal to tested ocean navigators as well as weekend sailors. The book’s attractive style, with 500 excellent photographs from the author’s vast collection, should be equally appealing to dreamers.

Approximately two thirds of the book deals with practical matters and covers all subjects of interest to anyone planning to leave on an offshore voyage. The other third of the book describes highlights from the author’s circumnavigations as well as voyages to Antarctica, a transpacific passage from Antarctica to Alaska, or the challenges of the Northwest Passage. The chapters alternate between the two, with one technical chapter being followed by a cruising narrative.

200,000 Miles is based on Jimmy Cornell’s book A Passion for the Sea published in five language editions in 2007 and now out of print.

In the intervening decade Jimmy Cornell has launched a new series of offshore rallies as well as a new Aventura conceived by him as a yacht perfectly suited for both tropical and high latitude sailing. While preserving some of the main elements of the previous book, the newly gained experience of being once again in close contact with sailors taking part in his events, and the lessons learned from his two attempts at the Northwest Passage, have resulted in a more comprehensive and up-to-date book.

In contrast to Jimmy Cornell’s previous books in which, as a professional journalist, he was careful to remain impartial, this book is a memoir in which the author does not shy from expressing personal opinions drawn from his own experience. He is also candid about the events that shaped his character and his passion for the sea. The book features many anecdotes from his eventful life, both afloat and ashore.

Jimmy Cornell has written 24 books, most successful among them World Cruising Routes first published in 1987 and now in its seventh edition. It has been translated into French, German, Italian and Spanish. In total it has sold 200,000 copies making it one of the best selling nautical books in the world.


  1. Weather
  2. Voyage planning and weather routing
  3. Navigation in the age of electronic charts
  4. Life afloat
  5. Equipment and onboard systems
  6. Crew and watches
  7. Sailing as a family; sailing with children
  8. Offshore routines; electricity generation and consumption
  9. Engines and maintenance
  10. Autopilots and wind self-steering gears
  11. Anchors and anchoring; tenders and outboards
  12. Emergencies and emergency management
  13. Sailing in the tropics
  14. Safety afloat and ashore; how safe is cruising?
  15. Practical aspects of offshore cruising; formalities, documents, insurance
  16. Money matters; cost of cruising
  17. Cruising in stages; laying up the boat
  18. Choosing and equipping a boat for offshore cruising
  19. The main factors that will contribute to the success or failure of a voyage
  20. Where do all the cruising boats sail?

Comments on 200,000 Miles

From a lifetime spent exploring the world’s ocean from Antarctica to the Northwest Passage, Cornell’s story reads like something out of a movie.
— Herb McCormick, Cruising World, USA

200,000 miles is a fascinating tale, not only about sailing but also about the adventurous spirit that brought a young man from the forests of Romania to become a master of the seas.
— Ole Henrik Nissen –Lie, Seilas, Norway

Jimmy has devoted his professional life to discovering and sharing knowledge on world cruising. This book provides a perspective on a lifetime’s voyaging, with his thoughts on equipment, sailing strategies, navigation and living aboard.
— Camilla Hermann, Cruising, UK

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