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The main factors that can contribute to the success or failure of a voyage

This is an extract from Jimmy Cornell’s book “200,000 Miles – A Life of Adventure“.

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill

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Choosing and equipping a boat for offshore cruising

This is an extract from Jimmy Cornell’s book “200,000 Miles – A Life of Adventure“.

Choosing a boat for offshore cruising is not a decision to be taken lightly. I have researched this …

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Where do all the boats go?

This is an extract from Jimmy Cornell’s latest book “200,000 Miles – A Life of Adventure“.

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My interest in the global movement of cruising boats goes …

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An overview of transatlantic strategy in 9 Odysseys 2013-2016

In the four years since I launched this new series of transatlantic rallies, some had started from Lanzarote, Tenerife, La Palma in the Canaries, or from Sao Vicente in the Cape Verde Islands. Some …

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Ciguatera fish poisoning

From 200,000 Miles – A Life of Adventure, by Jimmy Cornell.

As in much of the Caribbean there is either little fish left or spearfishing is prohibited, so it was with great anticipation that …

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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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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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Focus your camera on sea birds

This article was published in the Blue Planet Log magazine (Issue 3 – December 2013)

Seabirds are the last frontier of birding and are poorly documented. Keen birder and founder of the …

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Tips for dealing with waste at sea

This article was published in the Blue Planet Log magazine (Issue 2 – July 2013)

Ideas for provisioning Buying in bulk or wholesale means your products come with less, or even no …

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Climate change – Jimmy Cornell’s personal view

Tuvalu, South Pacific: “This used to be our planting field. Now it is regularly flooded by the tide.” Scenes from Tuvalu, South Pacific

Much has been written about this phenomenon and few sailors would …

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Jimmy Cornell: What It Costs to Cruise

This article was published on Cruising World’s website (April 10, 2013)

Try and set a realistic figure for the cost of voyaging before you leave home. Though that estimate isn’t easy to …

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Cornell’s Survey of Global Cruising Yacht Movements

Jimmy Cornell has been conducting surveys of the global movements of cruising yachts since 1984. In this 6-part article, first published in the November 2011 issue of Cruising World, he reports …

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The Best Boats for Globe Girdling

Jimmy Cornell discusses the results of his survey on the features that make a good world cruising boat, drawing on the experience of 57 contributors to his new book World Voyage …

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Jimmy Cornell Answers 10 Questions about Cornell's Ocean Atlas

Jimmy Cornell answers Cruising World’s questions about his Cornell’s Ocean Atlas: Pilot Charts for All Oceans of the World. This article first appeared on the CruisingWorld website on January 10, …

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