It wasn't until Jimmy arrived in England, however, that Gwenda fully realized why she'd been bringing her beau the sailing magazines he always requested. He wanted to take his young family to sea. "Well, yes, that took me a bit by surprise," said Gwenda, a self-professed "city girl" who'd never so much as set a foot in a dinghy.
That would change. Boy, would it ever. She was there by his side for the six-year circumnavigation aboard the first Aventura, a 36-footer aboard which they left England with a grubstake totaling the equivalent of $100. By the time Jimmy was ready for his second spin around the planet, Gwenda was too busy overseeing the shoreside operations for their fledgling business, the World Cruising Club-which ran the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers events across the Atlantic and later expanded to such round-the-world jaunts as the Millennium Odyssey-to actually sail much of the voyage. These days, "Jimmy Cornell" is a brand unto himself: a voyager, lecturer, and author known by name to most every sailor. But make no mistake, without his very silent partner assisting and enabling him in every project and passage, few if any would've actually come to pass.