Cornell's Ocean Atlas

Cornell's Ocean Atlas

Cornell’s Ocean Atlas
New pilot charts for all oceans of the world
by Jimmy and Ivan Cornell


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(ISBN 978-0-9572626-0-7)
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deutsch German edition:
“Cornells Atlas der Ozeane”

français French edition:
“Atlas des Océans”

italiano Italian edition:
“Le pilot charts di tutti gli oceani”


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Press reviews and feedback


Book description

Jimmy Cornell, founder of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, and author of the sailor’s bible World Cruising Routes has teamed up with his son Ivan to produce Cornell’s Ocean Atlas, an atlas of 129 up-to-date pilot charts based on the last 20 years of satellite observations.

Cornell’s Ocean Atlas is:

  • The first significant innovation in pilot charts — an essential tool for passage planning — since pilot charts were developed by Lieutenant Maury of the US Navy in the mid-1800s.
  • The first and only pilot charts to be based on extensive near real-time geospatial and remote buoy sensing data from 1987 to the present measuring true surface wind and current – gathered from a network of OSCAR and other meteorological satellites, using NOAA and Earth and Space Research (ESR) data programs
  • An integral part of Jimmy Cornell’s World Cruising Series – works hand-in-hand with World Voyage Planner, World Cruising Routes and World Cruising Destinations
Pilot chart for South Pacific Ocean - Click to enlarge
Pilot Chart for South Pacific Ocean / March
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60 monthly up-to-date pilot charts of all oceans of the world show

  • wind speed and direction
  • current rates and direction
  • approximate extent of the Intertropical Convergence Zone, commonly known as thedoldrums
  • the most common tracks of tropical storms
  • and the mean location of high pressure cells for each hemisphere
Pilot Chart for Lesser Antilles and California to Galapagos - Click to enlarge
Pilot Chart for Lesser Antilles and California to Galapagos / February
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69 detailed charts of the most common transoceanic routes including:

  • Canary Islands and New York to the Lesser Antilles (Caribbean)
  • Lesser Antilles (Caribbean) to New York and Azores
  • Lesser Antilles (Caribbean) and California to Galapagos
  • Pacific Northwest and California to Lesser Antilles (Caribbean)
  • Pacific Northwest to Galapagos and Marquesas
  • California to Hawaii and Alaska
  • Panama to Marquesas and Hawaii
  • Australia and New Zealand to Tahiti and Fiji
  • Tonga to New Zealand and the Torres Strait
  • Seychelles to South Africa
  • South Africa to North East Brazil
  • Plus expanded detail for the Caribbean Sea, Mediterranean, Baltic Sea

Comprehensive description of weather conditions in every ocean.

Sidebars with tactical suggestions have been added to the months when most passages are undertaken.

Comments and tips on tactics, as well as weather overviews for each ocean, were contributed by meteorologists and routers specializing in those oceanic areas, such as Lee Chesneau, Peter Gibbs (BBC), Herb Hilgenberg, Bob McDavitt (New Zealand Met Office) and John Neal.

From Jimmy Cornell:

“The main objective of Cornell’s Ocean Atlas is to make it possible to take advantage of prevailing winds and seek out whenever possible favourable conditions. Essentially, to try to always be in the right place at the right time, or, better still: Not to be in the wrong place at the wrong time!”

Press Reviews / Readers Feedback

Practical Boat Owner “This is a seriously impressive book. …It’s comprehensive, clear and informative. Oh, and for those with wanderlust, beware – it may lead you to dream!”
This review appeared in the March 2012 issue of Practical Boat Owner magazine. Read the complete review here (PDF)

Sailing Today “This publication should really be considered an essential item of yacht gear rather than a book. … the data behind this book is all under 20 years old. This is an important factor as climate change means that the days are gone when publishers can get away with basing predictions on 50 year old climatic trends.”
This review appeared in the March 2012 issue of Sailing Today magazine. Read the complete review here (PDF)

Cruising World “Seasoned voyagers know that pilot charts are one of the most valuable tools for passage-making. By employing the latest technology and weather information compiled via satellite over the last two decades and by quadrupling the number of roses on their clearly illustrated collection of transoceanic charts, the Cornells have not only updated a valuable resource but also substantially broadened it.”
This review appeared in the February 2012 issue of Cruising World magazine. Read the complete review here (PDF)

Book details

Cornell’s Ocean Atlas: Pilot charts for all oceans of the world

  • Authors: Jimmy and Ivan Cornell
  • Publisher: Cornell Sailing Ltd – Published December 2011
  • Format: 120 pages, 11.7” x 16.5” (A3)
  • Spiral bound, full-color, durable art paper
  • Language: English
  • Shipping weight: 3 lbs
  • ISBN: 978-0-9556396-5-4

About the authors

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Jimmy Cornell

Jimmy Cornell has sailed 200,000 miles in all oceans of the world including three circumnavigations as well as voyages to Antarctica and Alaska. As the founder of the successful ARC transatlantic rally, Jimmy Cornell is credited with having devised the offshore cruising rally concept. Thousands of sailors have fulfilled their dream of blue water sailing with the help of his books, among them the bestseller World Cruising Routes.

While working on his next book World Voyage Planner, to be published in 2012, he asked Ivan’s help in producing up-to-date pilot charts to illustrate the voyages described in the book. This atlas is the result of their cooperation.

Ivan Cornell

Ivan Cornell spent most of his childhood at sea and completed his first circumnavigation with his father by the time he was eleven. As an adult he has sailed thousands of miles as crew or skipper on a variety of boats in all oceans including two voyages to Antarctica. He has a degree in computer science from University College London and has worked for the last twenty years in the film industry. Ivan applied his considerable skills as a programmer in constructing the website, the global source of information for cruising sailors.

This atlas is the result of an ambitious program he wrote to process the data obtained by a network of meteorological satellites. Ivan’s passion for the sea has never left him and he is currently sailing a yacht he built himself.