Jimmy Cornell Eyes Another Circumnav

Author:
Publish date:
Jimmy Cornell will sail an all-electric Outremer 45 in the wake of Ferdinand Magellan

Jimmy Cornell will sail an all-electric Outremer 45 in the wake of Ferdinand Magellan

One of the formative influences on modern cruising, Jimmy Cornell has been uncharacteristically quiet since his attempt on the Northwest Passage a few years ago. Now the founder of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers is all fired up again about yet another circumnavigation and, yes, another rally.

Cornell, who turns 80 this year, will set sail in October on the Elcano Challenge—a 30,000-mile circumnavigation following the route taken by Ferdinand Magellan and Juan Sebastian Elcano between 1519 and 1522. The voyage is named after Elcano, because it was he who completed the first round-the-world voyage after Magellan was killed in the Philippines. For the first time, Cornell will turn to two hulls—he is having a 45ft Outremer catamaran built. What’s more, the Elcano, as it’s named, will be fully electric-powered, using energy from wind and sun.

MapWorld

Cornell says the voyage will be faithful to the original, stopping only where Magellan and Elcano did. Starting from Seville, Spain, he and his crew will sail to Tenerife in the Canary Islands, Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, Montevideo in Uruguay and Puerto Julian in Argentina before passing through the Magellan Strait and into the Pacific Ocean. There, he’ll stop at Punta Arenas, Chile, Puka Puka in the Cook Islands, Guam and then Cebu and Mactlan (where Magellan was killed) in the Philippines.

After calling at Palawan, Brunei, Tidore, Ambon and Timor, the crew will continue on to Port Elizabeth in South Africa, the Cape Verde islands and Sanlucar de Barrameda in Spain before arriving back in Seville in July 2021.

But it doesn’t end there. Cornell is working with Grand Large Yachting, owners of the Outremer, Gunboat, Allures, Alumarine and Garcia brands, on a new round-the-world rally scheduled to start in September 2021.

Cornell is ready for another voyage around the world

Cornell is ready for another voyage around the world

It is a grand scheme, starting from the Grand Large Yachting headquarters on France’s Mediterranean coast and offering a choice of three routes—a northern leg through the Northwest Passage; a southern leg around Cape Horn with a detour to the Antarctic; and the Tropical Route, through the Caribbean to the Panama Canal and onwards to Tahiti.

There, the three fleets will meet up again to continue the rest of the circumnavigation in a more typical rally format. They will call in at New Zealand and Australia before cruising through Indonesia and down the Indian Ocean to South Africa. From there the fleet will sail up the Atlantic to Brazil and then to Europe. Participants in the Grand Large Yachting World Odyssey 500 will also collect oceanographic data to help research the effects of climate change and plastic pollution. For more information, go to catamaran-outremer.com.

March 2020

Related

ASA-2048

Get out and Sail: Virtually

Just because you’re stuck at home self-quarantining, that’s no reason you can’t still hone your skills or teach someone else you know about boathandling with the American Sailing Association’s online Sailing Challenge game. Created in cooperation with Nolan Bushnell, a longtime ...read more

200324-VirtualSailing-2048

Time to Try Virtual Sailboat Racing?

Stuck at home self-quarantining? How about giving on-line sailboat racing a try? Begun in 2010 and now working in partnership with sailing’s international governing body, World Sailing, Virtual Regatta has long allowed fans to take an active part in everything from the Vendée ...read more

2003-ICW

How Risky is the ICW with Covid-19?

Being a cruising sailor, one is already practicing a kind of social distancing. But coastal cruisers, and those transiting the Intracoastal Waterway, in particular, still have to return to land for re-provisioning and things like water, fuel, and pump-outs. When you dock in a ...read more

05-Q&A-190826-11HRT-AMO-team-announcement-113

A Chat with Charlie Enright

Rhode Island native Charlie Enright, 35, has competed in not one but two Volvo Ocean Races (VOR), with Team Alvimedica in 2014-15 and Vestas 11th Hour Racing 2017-18. More recently, Enright and 11th Hour Racing have announced they plan to compete in The Ocean Race, the successor ...read more

06-Smoke-on-the-waterways,-SC

Cruising: a Long Haul North

There are many mantras experienced cruisers like to pass on to those less experienced. First and foremost among these is: “Never sail to a schedule.” After that comes: “Choose your weather window carefully.” Unfortunately, this past spring, my husband, Brian, and I violated both ...read more

The-Solent's-rough-seas-and-harsh-weahter-teach-valuable-skills-for-any-serious-sailor-(by-Eric-Vohr)

How to Become a Yacht Master

Learning to sail is an organic process. Often we’re introduced to the sport by a family member or good friend who loves sailing and wants to share their passion. As such, one learns in bits and pieces. The problem is you can end up with lots of missing bits, and thus many ...read more

IMG_2012

Experience: Threading the Needle in a Thick Fog

It was a dark night, utterly black. Any light was blanketed by the fog. My chartplotter was night-blinding me. I looked at the Navionics map on my phone, waited half a second for my eyes to adjust and then looked at the depthsounder. After that, I looked ahead to where Laura was ...read more

01a-LEAD-Franctional-rig-X-yachts-X-4.9-20180313-MICK-4845

Know-how: Modern Rigs 101

I pretty much took rigs for granted when I first started sailing on other people’s boats. After all, unlike exciting, moving, tweakable things like sails and running rigging, masts and booms were just there—a part of the structure of the boat. I took no part in their maintenance ...read more