200,000 miles, by Jimmy Cornell

200,000 Miles

A Life of Adventure
Jimmy Cornell

  • English
  • 2017
  • 432 pages

Supersedes “A Passion for the Sea”

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I finished the book 200,000 Miles and I LOVED IT! … I loved the way it was laid out with practical information in between the biographical story. Thanks for encouraging others to step out of their comfort zone into the ocean zone!!
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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 17 books, most successful among them World Cruising Routes first published in 1987 and now in its eighth 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.

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Table of Contents & Foreword 10 Sample Pages Chapter 35 : Where do all the boats go?

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“200,000 Miles”

  • English
  • 432 pages
  • 520 photos
  • Paperback
  • Dimensions: 21.4 x 14.9 cm / 8.4 x 5.9 “
  • Cornell Sailing Ltd
  • 2017
  • ISBN 978-0-9572626-8-3

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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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