World Cruising Routes
World Cruising Series

1,000 routes in all oceans of the world
Jimmy Cornell

  • English
  • 2022
  • 9th edition
  • 616 pages
  • Édition française Deutsche Ausgabe
Note: Kindle edition not available in the US.

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World Cruising Routes…might just be the more important book for long-distance voyagers to come along in decades.
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Described as the bible for cruising sailors, World Cruising Routes is the definitive reference book for long-distance navigators.

This completely revised and updated ninth edition (2022) has drawn on the latest weather information and other recent developments to provide the most comprehensive aid to planning a safe voyage to any part of the world. With over 1,000 sailing routes in all the oceans of the world, from the tropics to the high latitudes of the Arctic and Antarctic, it contains essential information on winds, currents, regional and seasonal weather, as well as optimum times for individual passages. This edition has been fully updated to reflect the recent changes in global weather conditions.

Geared specifically to the needs of offshore navigators, this ninth edition assesses the consequences of climate change on sailing routes and provides over 6,000 waypoints to facilitate the planning of individual passages. Much of the information contained in the book was gathered during the author’s three circumnavigations and voyages to Antarctica and the Northwest Passage.

World Cruising Routes is perfect one-stop reference for planning a voyage anywhere in the world. It is a companion volume to both World Voyage Planner and World Cruising Destinations.

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Book details

World Cruising Routes” 9th edition

  • 616 pages
  • Paperback
  • Dimensions: 19.4 x 24 cm / 10 x 7.9 “
  • Publisher in UK: Adlard Coles
  • 2022
  • ISBN: 9781472993083
  • Publisher in USA: Cornell Sailing Ltd
  • 2022
  • ISBN: 978-1-9160910-3-0

deutsch “Segelrouten der Welt 6. deutsche Ausgabe “

  • Editura Cornell SRL
  • 2022
  • ISBN: 978-1-9160910-8-5
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français “Routes de grande croisière 7 edition”

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True story

After transiting the Panama Canal, a group of us were headed to the Galapagos Islands. We soon separated and I continued on my own.

I had great difficulty getting out of the Bay of Panama and, whichever way I turned, the wind and current always seemed to be against me. Rather than the eight- or nine-day passage, it took me 16 days to get there. When I finally arrived, everyone told me how concerned they had been for my safety.

What had actually happened?‘ one of them asked me.

Not much” And I told them of my ordeal.

But didn’t you have Jimmy Cornell’s book on board?

Yeah, I do have it but never looked at the thing.

Well, you fool, you’d better look now as it tells you exactly where to go. We did that and got there in under eight days.

From a British single-hander (excerpt from ‘200,000 Miles‘)

My wife and I completed our circumnavigation yesterday, sailing over 48,000 miles in over seven years. Your books, especially World Cruising Routes, was instrumental in giving us confidence to venture into places we might not have considered and for that we are eternally grateful.

Reader’s email

The serious cruiser’s bible … don’t leave port without it
Cruising Magazine, UK

What I like about the book is that it is so easy to reference. Routes are in both alphabetical and region order and are numbered for back reference to the full description in the body of the book. Every route can be seen on a map with the accompanying text giving the best time to go; when tropical storms occur, which charts to use and which pilots.

The rest of the description is a useful short mix of weather, current, hideaways and bolt holes, oddities and ways to get round them and pros and cons of when to go.

Reader’s review on Amazon

The venerable World Cruising Routes is the must-have guide to world cruising.
Latitudes & Attitudes

I wanted to say a huge thank to Jimmy, I sailed on this route March-April 2015, 5000 miles, Panamá-Galapagos-Easter Island-Puerto Montt Chile, and Jimmy’s “World Cruising Routes” was the Bible that inspired and prepared myself with safety to have a very wonderful trip.

Reader’s email

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

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