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World Cruising Routes, 5th Edition Hardcover – August 1, 2002

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World Cruising Routes is a comprehensive guide to nearly 1000 sailing routes covering all the oceans of the world, from the tropical South Seas to the high latitudes of the Arctic and Antarctic. The book is geared specifically to the needs of cruising sailors and contains essential information on winds, currents, regional and seasonal weather as well as valuable suggestions concerning optimum times for individual routes. Most of the materials was gathered during the author's two circumnavigations and supplemented by sailors taking part in Jimmy Cornell's offshore rallies.

All the necessary information for planning a voyage in any of the world's oceans has been brought together here in a single volume. This thoroughly revised new edition features new data collected by the author on his recent voyage from Antarctica to Alaska via Tahiti and Hawaii.

To simplify the planning of individual routes, some 6000 essential waypoints are listed, and specific routing suggestions given to maximize the chances of encountering favorable conditions en route. Because cruising boats now venture further afield, main ports of entry as well as essential landfall information are given with each route to assist the planning of passages from beginning to end.

The continuing success of World Cruising Routes is due not only to its unparalleled value as an excellent aid to route planning, but equally to its lasting appeal to those who are not yet ready to leave on an offshore voyage and who find, in its pages, a ready source of pleasant dreams of voyages to come.

A companion volume to World Cruising Routes is World Cruising Handbook, a comprehensive cruising guide to over 180 countries around the world.

The information in this book is continuously updated on www.noonsite.com, Jimmy Cornell's website for cruising sailors.

"A must for every circumnavigator, and fascinating armchair reading for the rest of us."--Yachting Monthly

"Ferdinand Magellan would have loved this book."--Boat/USA

"World Cruising Routes . . . might just be the most important book for long-distance voyagers to come along in decades."--Cruising World

"Guaranteed to induce itchy feet in anyone who has salt in their veins."--Cruising

"No one should think of setting off around the world without first consulting Jimmy Cornell's works."--Practical Boat Owner

" . . . remarkably detailed in its research . . . there is no doubting its value."--Yachting World

"The serious cruiser's bible . . . don't leave port without it."--Cruising

"The finest route planning guide currently available . . . an indispensable cruise planner's source book."--48 Degrees North

  • Essential information on all sailing routes of the world
  • 6000 individual waypoints
  • Advice on route planning
  • Regional weather
  • Winds and currents

    About the Author

    Jimmy Cornell has influenced the contemporary cruising scene more than any other sailor. His books can be found on board many cruising boats, and have been translated into several languages. Thousands of sailors have fulfilled their dreams of offshore cruising not only with the help of Jimmy Cornell's books, but also as participants in one of his transatlantic or round-the-world rallies. Jimmy Cornell is the acknowledged founder of the cruising rally concept, and over 3000 boats and 15,000 sailors have sailed in these rallies. In spite of his various activities, sailing continues to be Jimmy's overriding passion, and in the last 25 years he has sailed more than 150,000 miles in all oceans of the world.

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    Product Details

    • Hardcover: 640 pages
    • Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press; 5th edition (August 1, 2002)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 007140869X
    • ISBN-13: 978-0071408691
    • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.9 x 9.3 inches
    • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
    • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,212,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

    More About the Author

    Jimmy Cornell was born in Romania in 1940. He grew up in Brasov and later attended Bucharest University where he studied economics. With his British wife Gwenda, he moved to London in 1969. He took up sailing while working as a reporter for the BBC World Service in London. In 1974 Jimmy Cornell fitted out himself a 36 foot fibreglass hull (a Trintella III, van de Stadt design - the first AVENTURA). In 1975 he left England with Gwenda and their two children (Doina 7 and Ivan 5) on a world voyage lasting 6 years, which took them to some 70 countries and totalled 68,000 miles. During the voyage Jimmy Cornell sent back regular radio reports to the BBC World Service.
    A second AVENTURA (Bill Dixon design, 12 metre/40 feet in steel) was built in 1989 and completed a circumnavigation between 1989 and 1992, some of which was part of the first round the world rally organized by Jimmy between 1991 and 1992.
    AVENTURA III (an OVNI 43 designed by Philippe Briand and built in France) was launched in May 1998 and sailed in 1999 to Antarctica. From there Jimmy and son Ivan sailed AVENTURA III to Alaska and British Columbia. From Vancouver the yacht was shipped to the Mediterranean. In 2006 AVENTURA III completed a five year circumnavigation. To date Jimmy Cornell has sailed 200,000 miles in all oceans of the world including three circumnavigations and voyages to Antarctica and Alaska.
    In his writing, Jimmy Cornell decided to tackle the various aspects of sailing and offshore cruising in a systematic way, and he conducted extensive surveys with cruising sailors in all oceans of the world, dealing with every aspect of voyaging under sail.
    Jimmy Cornell's reputation as a writer on cruising matters was consolidated by the publication in 1987 of WORLD CRUISING ROUTES, which became an international best-seller and has been described as the "bible of offshore sailors" as it deals with all sailing routes of the world. Now in its sixth edition, WORLD CRUISING ROUTES has been translated into German, French, Italian and Spanish. With well over 100,000 copies sold, the book is one of the best-selling nautical publications in the world. A companion volume, WORLD CRUISING HANDBOOK, had been replaced in 2010 by WORLD CRUISING DESTINATIONS that deals with all maritime nations in the world and gives details of their main attractions, facilities, formalities, practical information and charter opportunities. Jimmy Cornell is the author of over one dozen books, which have been translated into several languages: French, German, Italian, Spanish, Hungarian Romanian and Japanese.
    In 1986 Cornell launched and organised the ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers), from the Canary Islands to the Caribbean. As a result of the success of the first ARC he founded the World Cruising Club, which specialises in international sailing events. The ARC is the largest transocean event in the world and one of the most successful sailing events in history. Jimmy is credited with being the founder of the cruising rally concept and, until his retirement from event organising in 1999, he had organized twenty transatlantic and five round the world rallies.
    Jimmy Cornell's most ambitious project was the Millennium Odyssey round the world rally, which started in August 1998 to celebrate the new millennium. The round the world rally finished in Rome in April 2000, when the Millennium Flame, that had been lit in Jerusalem and had been carried around the world by the yachts sailing in the rally, was handed over to Pope John Paul II. Over 50 yachts sailed in the Millennium Odyssey, making it the largest ever round the world event.
    In 1999 Jimmy Cornell sold his interest in the World Cruising Club. In 2000, Jimmy Cornell launched http://www.noonsite.com, a website dedicated to cruising sailors. The website contains practical information on all maritime nations of the world and is considered an essential source of information by thousands of cruising sailors. In the intervening years noonsite has become one of the most popular websites among cruising sailors.
    More information on www.jimmycornell.com

    Customer Reviews

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    162 of 166 people found the following review helpful By vfalcy@freesurf.ch on June 9, 1999
    Format: Hardcover
    I did a 4 year circumnavigation on my yacht (a 34 foot steel sloop)and jimmy Cornel "world cruising routes (3rd edition)" was my daily companion. It helped me a great lot to plan cruises and ocean passages. It allowed me to choose the right sailing areas at the right time. Furthemore, whoever is interested in climatology, weather, currents, oceanography will find a wealth of information in this book. The dreamer as well as the sailer will definitely have a good buy with this book.
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    72 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Hildebrandt on February 16, 2001
    Format: Hardcover
    An absolute necessity for any small yacht going to sea. It is logically compiled and written. Jimmy Cornell has written a book that is exactly what every sailor needs...guidance in getting from port a to port b efficiently, safely, and with the best possible winds and weather.
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    26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Dr. James M. Fones, II, CDR USN (Ret.) on July 26, 2007
    Format: Hardcover
    When planning a circumnavigation one has three choices: 1) Do not plan and accept the extreme dangers of circumnavigation; 2) take a year or more and plan using all available nautical publications, charts, electronic navigation systems; and 3) read and use the outstanding information provided in "World Cruising Routes." This publication will save you time and more important provide excellent tips for short and long passages across the oceans of the world. Cornell has taken the time to consolidate information and plot the important way-points for us.

    The most important advice given is the timing of transits. Cornell identifies the risks and the pleasures of circumnavition and avoiding weather disasters. Thanks to Mr. Cornell, sailors who venture forth on the oceans will be safer and more comfortable at sea.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Celestialrider on January 24, 2009
    Format: Hardcover
    While no one book alone can aid you in trip planning, this book can be a great start. If you plan on cruising, this book is a must have for the boats library.
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    68 of 98 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 11, 1999
    Format: Hardcover
    If you are looking for an excellent road map of the oceans and plan on traveling soon this is a good read.
    If you are looking for adventure in a book, great descriptions of countries, islands visited this is not what you want to buy. I would not consider this a great travel guide.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By vesta reinhart on November 27, 2012
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    The definitive cruise route book. All major routes in both directions and with seasonal alternates described in terms of weather, seasons, current and wind patterns, storm and hurricane seasons. Routes are described both for world cruising and regional cruises. Landfalls are pinpointed and stitched together into trip-ready routes. Lots of local and region-wide information about weather, wind and current patterns, describing the relationships between these conditions and events. Specific info about maps and charts by name and where to get them. This book is truly whole world, complete for all oceans, all routes. There is enough to keep sailing for a lifetime.
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    By CWhite on September 24, 2013
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    World Cruising Routes allows you to see and chart possible routes to the destinations you may dream about. Gives you the best times of year suitable for sailing to those far off places where blue water meets the white sand of tropical islands. Whether a blue water sailor, coastal cruiser, or bay racer this book can open your imagination to the possibilities of what's over the horizon. Fair winds and calm seal to you.
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    I'm writing a novel and needed to find out the best routes and times to travel in certain parts of the world. Cornell's book is a big help. If I was actually going to be sailing, it would be a great book to have with me. All in all, it's a good research book and makes a great read.
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