The Team

John Ellis Doina Cornell Pascal Guiraudou
John Ellis
Event Director
Doina Cornell
Event Coordinator
Pascal Guiraudou
Coordinator for France and French-speaking countries
Klaus Hympendahl
Klaus Hympendahl
Coordinator for Germany and German-speaking countries
Luc Callebaut & Jackie Lee
Operations Manager & Operations Coordinator for South Pacific and into SE Asia.
Italo Masotti
Coordinator for Italy.

 


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John Ellis

Event Director

New Zealander John Ellis brings a wealth of experience to his role as Event Director for the Blue Planet Odyssey and Atlantic Odyssey.

John is a very keen racer and was a yacht delivery skipper for many years. He sailed around the world in Jimmy Cornell’s first global event – Europa ’92. John then joined the organisation as Event Director and worked on the next 4 round the world events – Europa 94, Hong Kong Challenge, Expo 98 and the Millenium Odyssey, where he was also very fortunate to have sailed to Antarctica.
In between managing round the world events, John also helped run half a dozen ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers) rallies.

John brings a range of expertise in sailing, logistics, safety, cruising destinations and dealing with difficult officials.

Any questions, he’s the man to ask.


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Doina Cornell

Event Coordinator

Doina Cornell

Having two travel-obsessed parents, by the age of fourteen Doina had covered thousands of miles over land and sea, most memorably spending seven years circumnavigating the world with her family on a 36 foot yacht.

Her memoir of this time, Child of the Sea, was published in 2012.

Since then she has been mostly land-based but continues to sail whenever possible, including to Antarctica with father Jimmy and brother Ivan.

She has worked on the ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers), America 500, Europa 92, and the Millennium Odyssey. She researched the first World Cruising Handbook and edited two editions of the Canary Islands Cruising Guide.

In 2000 she helped set up noonsite.com which she managed until 2008 when she left to train as a primary (elementary) school teacher.

Doina has lived in Gloucestershire in the UK since 2000 and is married to Julius Tomin, a Czech philosopher, and they have two children, Nera and Dan. She is very involved in her local community as a local councillor.

She now works full time for Cornell Sailing Events as Event Coordinator for the Blue Planet Odyssey and Atlantic Odyssey.


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Pascal Guiraudou

Coordinator for France and French-speaking countries

Pascal Guiraudou

Pascal coordinates the organization of the Blue Planet Odyssey and the Atlantic Odyssey for France and French-speaking countries.

After his eighteen-year career in the microelectronics industry, Pascal decided 10 years ago that it was time for a total change of life and convinced his wife Pascale to go sailing. She bravely accepted to give it a one-year trial and they set off for an Atlantic circuit to the Caribbean and back on their 45-foot Outremer catamaran Imagine with their two young boys aged 10 and 7.

They loved it so much that they managed to keep sailing for seven years around the world, a magnificent human, family, and sailing adventure.

Since their return to France, Pascal works as a life and sailing coach to help would-be cruising sailors accomplish their dreams and implement their once-in-a-lifetime projects.

In addition to his coaching activity, Pascal translates Jimmy’s books into French. With Pascale, he recently translated World Voyage Planner, and is now working on the new French edition of World Cruising Destinations. He also participates in seminars to share his experience of sailing and making sailing dreams come true.

Pascal currently resides in the French Alps with his wife and their two sons Romain and Bastien.


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Klaus Hympendahl

Event Manager for Germany

Klaus Hympendahl

Klaus coordinates the organization of the Blue Planet Odyssey for Germany and German-speaking countries.

Klaus has been sailing for nearly 40 years, preferably where there is no land nearby. He has owned 3 steel yachts, all named African Queen. In 1986 he joined Jimmy’s first ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers) and wrote about the ARC in SEGELN magazine. Jimmy and he have been friends ever since. After this Atlantic crossing Klaus completed a five year long circumnavigation.

Back in Germany Klaus started his Blue Water company offering yacht supplies which were not available in Germany at that time (1991 to 1997). He later sold the company to concentrate on writing nautical books.

Klaus has to date published seven books and published many articles in sailing magazines. One of his books, “Pirates Aboard”, published in 2000, had a foreword written by Jimmy.

From 2008 to 2009 Klaus organized the South-Sea expedition “Lapita-Voyage”. He had 2 traditional Polynesian catamarans built in the Philippines and sailed with a team and scientists on a six month expedition that covered over 4.000 nautical miles. They were the first to sail the ancient migratory route of the Polynesians from Southeast Asia into the Pacific. At the end of the expedition Klaus donated the boats to the people of the remote islands of Tikopia and Anuta. Klaus wrote the book “Die Lapita-Expedition” and a film of the expedition “Wagnis Südsee” was broadcast by Terra X in ZDF.

Klaus sails every year. His two sons are into sailing as well. He lives in Düsseldorf, Germany.


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Luc Callebaut & Jackie Lee

Operations Manager & Operations Coordinator f
or  the South Pacific and into SE Asia.

Luc and Jackie sail and explore the world’s warm oceans, along with their Schipperke dogs, on their 33-year old, 46ft Norman Cross trimaran.

From a background of teaching primary school, Luc left Belgium, and Jackie, from working in wilderness areas with the US Forest Service, left California, to serendipitously, meet one another as Scuba Instructors for Club Med, Guadeloupe in 1984! Since then, they have combined forces to further their passion for travel and became full time sailboat cruisers in 1992.

They sustain their voyaging lifestyle by working where they cruise. From teaching scuba diving, managing water sports on cruise ships, running a 110 ft. live-aboard dive boat, driving & guiding tourists around in Tahiti, installing pactor modems, … to reporting as travel writers and making professional video films around the South Pacific … they’ve gained a wealth of rich experiences, and garnered a lot of knowledge!

By living and working for over 20 years in the Caribbean, Pacific, and now entering South East Asia, via the Philippines, Luc and Jackie’s strength is that they’ve taken the time to really explore every corner, and discover the islands and their people, their advantages and their quirks. They love to meet people, islanders and cruisers alike… and above all, to amass and share information which will help others have as much fun as they have. They believe that one should have on hand as much info as possible in order to be better prepared when visiting places … so you can enjoy your visit to the fullest! “We hate bypassing any place along the sailing route!”

Luc has been a regional editor for the cruisers’ website, Noonsite since its inception, and both are long-time SSCA (Seven Seas Cruising Association) commodores.

They are excited to assist all the Blue Planet Odyssey sailors in all these places they know so well, and through them, rediscover the excitement of making landfall in so many of their favorite islands.


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Italo Masotti

Coordinator for Italy

During the last 30 years Italo, with his lovely wife Silvana, has criss-crossed the Med on his 41 footer “Freedom” a sturdy Finot designed Grand Soleil. Although he has an Atlantic crossing to his credit, Italo is the typical Mediteranean sailor who likes to enjoys the several marinas that one can find everywhere in the Med, appreciating history and good restaurants.

A former sales and marketing manager with large multinational corporations, fluent in English and French, Italo is also a former scuba instructors and still enjoys occasional skin diving.