Jimmy Cornell

The start of the Blue Planet Odyssey will mark 40 years of my cruising life.
My first Aventura was launched in London on 20 July 1974 and the Blue Planet Odyssey will start from London on 20 July 2014.

During these four wonderful decades I have not only realised my childhood dream of sailing the oceans, but have also managed to combine it with my professional life, as a journalist, writer and event organiser.

I have sailed to some of the remotest parts of the globe and have been privileged to encounter some of the most isolated communities.

More than anything else, for me the Blue Planet Odyssey will be payback time. I want to show my gratitude to those people all over the world who have welcomed me and countless sailors with warmth, friendship and generosity. As this odyssey calls at places where people’s lives are affected by climate change, we want them to know that cruising sailors care for them and empathise with their concerns.


An accomplished sailor and successful author, Jimmy Cornell has sailed 200,000 miles in all oceans of the world including three circumnavigations as well as voyages to Antarctica, Alaska and Spitsbergen.

Thousands of sailors have fulfilled their dream of blue water cruising with the help of Jimmy Cornell’s books, among them the bestseller World Cruising Routes. With 150,000 copies sold to date, this is one of the best-selling nautical publications in the world.  In 2011, together with his son Ivan, Jimmy created Cornell’s Ocean Atlas, the first set of pilot charts to be based on recent satellite data of world winds and currents. This was followed in 2012 by World Voyage Planner which gives sailors all the information they need to plan a voyage anywhere in the world.

As the founder of the highly successful ARC transatlantic rally, Jimmy Cornell is credited with having devised the offshore cruising rally concept. Now in its 27th year, the ARC continues to be the largest, and most popular, transocean event in the world. In the last 27 years Jimmy Cornell has organized 24 transatlantic rallies, five round-the-world rallies and one round-the-world race, with over 3,000 boats and 15,000 sailors having participated in his sailing events.

Jimmy Cornell’s latest project is the Blue Planet Odyssey, a round the world event aimed at raising awareness of the global effects of climate change.