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Sail around the world with the World Odyssey race 2016-2017


What sailor never thought about sailing around the world ? Since Joshua Slocum, circumnavigation is probably the ultimate dream and adventure for offshore sailing enthusiasts. And it did not get better in 20th century with Sir Robin Knox-Johnston  or Bernard Moitessier, the main actors of the first solo sailing race around the world. Then came the BOC Challenge, the vendee globe, etc…

This year Jimmy Cornell, the famous founder of the ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers), has announced the launching of a global race for amateur sailors.

Circumnavigation - Sailing around the world with the world Odyssey

The World Odyssey participants will sail down the Atlantic from France, then sail east to check out all three of the Mythical capes: Cape of Good Hope, cape Leeuwin and cape Horn ! How about that ?  Would you like to add those three capes to your sailing record?

Sailing around Cape of Good Hope
After a sailing trip of more than 8.000 nautical Miles down the Atlantic, check out the cape of Good hope and enter the Indian ocean


Sailing auround the world - Sailing Cape Leeuwin
Cape Leeuwin Lightouse, you’re now in the Pacific Ocean


Sailing around cape horn. Circumnavigation
and now Cape Horn !

 “I want to give ordinary sailors the opportunity to race on their own terms,” says Jimmy Cornell, the three times circumnavigator.

“In recent years I have spoken to many owners of production boats who are keen to race around the world in a competitive event but see themselves excluded by the dominance of all current offshore races by sponsored high-tech yachts sailed by professional crews. The World Odyssey will answer this demand by bringing back the Corinthian spirit of earlier round the world races.”

In order to keep costs at a reasonable level, only production mono-hulled sailboats between 40 and 60 ft LOA will be eligible, with no performance enhancing modifications being allowed to the standard design. There will be separate classes for double-handed and fully crewed boats. The World Odyssey will be run under the IRC rating rule and is scheduled to be held every two years.

The ten-month-long World Odyssey will start in summer 2016 from a port in Atlantic France (according to the March 2014 Edition of Yachting World, it could be Bordeaux) and follow the traditional sailing route around the three great capes of the Southern Ocean: Good Hope, Leeuwin and Horn.

According Yachting World, who interviewed Jimmy Cornell recently, the race organisation could cope with up to 40 sailing yachts. The entry fees should be around €20.000 and include berthing fees and administration costs. During the race, a tracking device will make it easy for friends and families of the crews to follow each sailboat engaged.

The 28,300 mile route, that will offer competitors mostly downwind sailing conditions, has been divided into 11 legs, with stopovers in ports with good yachting facilities that are also attractive destinations.

Offshore sailing - Aureus XV
Get ready for some serious downwind sailing !

To allow families and friends to join the crews for the Christmas holiday season, a longer stop has been planned in the New Zealand capital Wellington.

Having successfully weathered the Southern Ocean and Cape Horn, an extended sojourn in Ushuaia will allow the crews to enjoy Patagonia, and its magnificent landscapes, during the austral summer.

During their circumnavigation participants in the World Odyssey will take part in a number of oceanographic and meteorological projects by deploying autonomous scientific instruments, gathering and transmitting data from remote ocean areas from where there is an acute absence of up-to-date information on climatic conditions.

In recognition for this valuable contribution to scientific research, the World Odyssey will be run under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO and in collaboration with the World Meteorological Organisation and National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The World Odyssey Race is organized by Jimmy Cornell’s company Cornell Sailing Events. Anyone interested in joining the World Odyssey Race should send an email to info@cornellsailing.com.

At Aureus Yachts, we really enjoy those types of initiatives, that promote offshore sailing, and we hope to see an Aureus Yachts performing in this edition.

Have fun sailing !


Provisional schedule:


Nautical miles


1. Start port (tba) – Arrecife (Lanzarote)


Sat 23.07.2016

2. Arrecife – Rio de Janeiro


Thu 04.08.2016

3. Rio de Janeiro – Cape Town


Wed 07.09.2016

4. Cape Town – Fremantle


Sun 09.10.2016

5. Fremantle – Melbourne


Sun 20.11.2016

6. Melbourne – Wellington


Sat 10.12.2016

7. Wellington – Ushuaia


Mon 02.01.2017

8. Ushuaia – Mar del Plata


Sun 19.02.2017

9. Mar del Plata – Salvador da Bahia


Thu 08.03.2017

10. Salvador da Bahia – Horta (Azores)


Sun 26.03.2017

11. Horta – Start/Finish port (tba)


Sun 23.04.2017

Now the Golden age of Sailing !


Sailing, as a leisure, has a great opportunity to enter into brand new era. Today’s better and faster offshore sailing yachts provide a considerably increased safety and the possibility to stay connected to the real world, to your business, your family and friends. Assuming you own a successful business, and with the proper equipment and organization, you don’t have to choose between working and sailing any more, at least for a few months each year.

Aureus XV Absolute - Your new office with a 360° view on the sea
Aureus XV Absolute – Your new office with a 360° view on the sea. ©Aureus Yachts

First, in the late 90s, fantastic new innovations appeared on the leisure boating market, such as vacuum infusion and carbon epoxy laminates. It means lighter, safer and faster sailing yachts. Then in the early 2000s, 3D sails appeared, terrific navigation software (such as Adrena®) were developed and satellite devices became affordable for yacht owners. Sailing boats got even faster, easier to handle and connected.

It means you can get much more sensations out of sailing and you don’t have to go dark any more. You can bring your work, friends and family with you on any trip. This is especially good for the new generation of business owner that are now using cloud computing based solutions to run and develop their business. Can you dream of a better secondary office than a full carbon 50 feet sailing yacht designed to thrill ? A 100 feet full carbon sailing yacht designed to thrill, maybe ? Well, if you can afford it, now is the time to sail and travel, not when you’ll retire.

Nowadays, solutions like the 37signals® “Basecamp®“* allow a business owner to run effectively his business, even if he is away from his office for quite a long time. You keep track of all the news tasks on any projects, share contents, organize meetings with “Campfire®”, or check hourly their sales and prospecting actions on “Highrise®”… and it’s really easy to use for teams. As I’m writing this article, more than 7000 new companies sign up every week for Basecamp®. To me, those are people that take an extra step towards being able to mix travelling or sailing with successfully developing their business and social life (in the meantime, most of us got engaged on Facebook or twitter, Pinterest or Google+).

From your sailing yacht and even while navigating Offshore, you can access all your business data, connect to your team everyday and follow and interact with all aspects of your company’s activity. You can also remain active, for business or personal purpose, on social networks.

So how about an office with a 360° view over the gulf of Kotor ? How inspiring would that be to be able to radically change your working environment for 3 months every year, sailing to the most amazing destinations ?

The gulf of Kotor could be your office for a few weeks
How about setting your office in the Gulf of Kotor for a week ? ©Elena Zarubina

Today, the average boat owner’s age is 49 years old, and closer to 60 years old when it comes to 50 to 65 feet offshore sailing yachts. The time when one could not run a business or keep a social life and enjoy sailing and travelling is over.

Now is the best time to go out sailing.


Could you leave you main office for 3 months ?