World cruiser, rally organizer and author Jimmy Cornell is a step closer to becoming an active participant in his upcoming Blue Planet Odyssey.
Cornell recently visited the Garcia boatyard in Condé-sur-Noireau, a small village in Central Normandy, France, where the aluminum frame for Aventura IV is being welded together. Garcia Yachting is part of the Grand Large Yachting Group, which also builds Outremer catamarans and Allures yachts.
Cornell plans a launch date of April 2014, and, if all goes well, to sail Aventura IV with the participants of the Blue Planet Odyssey who transit the Northwest Passage. The fleet of boats, with various departure points in Europe and North America, among others, will come together in the Pacific Ocean.
You can follow the construction of Aventura IV and learn more about the rally, as well as a Long Distance Cruising Seminar that Cornell has planned for Oct. 13 and 14 in Linthicium, Maryland (near the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis) at Cornell Sailing. You can also catch Cornell during the U.S. Sailboat Show as part of the Cruising World Seminar Series, sponsored by B&G.