The rally of a lifetime 2021-2024

Grand Large Yachting World Odyssey 500

Discover the adventure of a lifetime around the world. 13 nationalities, 32 boats, 100 participants and more than 30000 nautical miles crossing 3 oceans and more than 20 destinations.

The rally of a lifetime 2021-2024
GRAND LARGE YACHTING 500

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The Grand Large Yachting World Odyssey 500

A 3-year round-the-world voyage.

A fleet of 32 boats holding more than 100 crew members from 13 Nationalities, and 2 dogs, have embarked on a three-year round-the world adventure this October. Organised by blue water sailing group.

Grand Large Yachting and famous sailor Jimmy Cornell – initiator of the event – the Grand Large Yachting World Odyssey 500 commemorates the 500th anniversary of the first round-the-world voyage by Ferdinand Magellan and Juan Sebastian Elcano between 1519 and 1522.

“Our mission as a company is to enable everyone, experienced sailor ornot, to realise their dream of blue water sailing while respecting the oceans and providing them with security, serenity and support at every stage of the project. We are thrilled to be able to make this real by giving our sailors the opportunity to travel around the globe with the support of a group which provides not just a boat, but also the training and services to help ensure a safe and memorable experience.

What makes this really special is that, as part of the official events commemorating the 500th anniversary of the first circumnavigation, we are connecting like-minded people who will share together the experience of a lifetime. We cannot wait to embark on this fantastic journey with everyone involved,” says Xavier Desmarest, co-founder of Grand Large Yachting.

To allow sailors of different levels of experience to participate, famous sailor Jimmy Cornell and the Grand Large Yachting team have carefully designed the itinerary with

2 routes : A tropical route that follows the traditional trade/ easterly winds

through the Panama canal, and a southern route truer to the original

voyage via Patagonia. These two routes will meet in Tahiti, from where the whole fleet will sail together for the rest of the rally.

Rally route

Sustainable sailing

At Grand Large Yachting our mission as a company is to enable everyone, experienced sailor or not, to realize their dream of blue water sailing while respecting the oceans and while providing them with security, serenity and support at every stage of the project. 

Discover a few simple gestures to help reduce our impact on the environment while Blue Water Cruising.

Meet our crews

We asked the participants why they did the rally, how they describe their boat, and the object they always take with them on their trip.

Our navigators come from all horizons. Discover their profile here and follow their adventure!

great circle
outremer 55

Crew :  Marijke and Mark 

Motivation

“Sailing around the wolrd was a dream. The importance of the group and the support of Grand Large Yachting group made our decision easy to take.”

Describe its/their boat

Beautiful, efficient, comfortable

Lucky charm on board

Each other

 

SPLENDID C's
Outremer 51

Crew :  Mie and Charles and Bosko ( the dog) 

Motivation

“We always wanted to go around the world by boat. We enjoyed the Mediterranean sea by boat, and we wanted to see the rest of the world.”

Describe its/their boat

Fast, comfortable, a great home

Lucky charm on board

Our dog (Bosko)

Surya_2
SURYA
outremer 5x

Crew :  Els, Joost, Annelies, Thomas and Nelson

Motivation

“We read an article about the rally. Interesting by the eco-friendly and sustainability part of the event.”

Describe its/their boat

eco-friendly, efficent, safe

Lucky charm on board

 The logotype of the boat. The name of the boat means « god of the sun » 

PIEDRA LIBRE
outremer 51

Crew :  Bertrand and Manu

Motivation

“The supervision and the freedom provided by the rally at the same time.”

Describe its/their boat

efficient, safe, beautiful

Lucky charm on board

My good conscience

CACHALOT
RM 1370

Crew : Andrea, Olmo and Neo

Motivation

” Grand Large Yachting reputation.”

Describe its/their boat

Gentle, Demanding, Sportive

Lucky charm on board

Neo and a rock from places we’ve bee, traveling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHAPS
allures 44

Crew : Marie-Laure and Arnault

Motivation

” An old dream, and the fact that it is organized motivated us.”

Describe its/their boat

Strong, reliable, family-friendly

Lucky charm on board

An olive branch belonging to a deceased admiral friend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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grandma
allures 45.9

Crew :  Serdar and Freddie

Motivation

” I was sailing from la Grande Motte to Turquie and I thought this boat has to be sailed to the blue waters. In 2019, I heard about the rally, and I was the first candidate who send money to the company to participate to the rally.”

Describe its/their boat

My boat is 42 foot, actually comparing to the other boat it’s small, but it is safe. His lifting kell has a huge advantage to go to shallow waters to ancher. 

Lucky charm on board

A special stone from east of Turkey.

 

endless joy
outremer 45

Crew :  Keri and Rob

Motivation

” We like the comfort of the group, from a social perspective and a security perspective.”

Describe its/their boat

Esthetics, fast, and comfortable

Lucky charm on board

We don’t have personal thing, for us the thing is the journey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

inky blue
outremer 51

Crew : Katharine, Kingsley and James

Motivation

” See the beauty of the world. The opportunity to sail with our own boat.”

Describe its/their boat

Safe, fast Comfortable

Lucky charm on board

The flip flops

 

 

speekend
outremer 51

Crew : Mirella and Mark

Motivation

” Doing it together.”

Describe its/their boat

Fast, comfortable, Safe

Lucky charm on board

Family picture’s.

 

 

 

 

 

loly
allures 45.9

Crew : Geneviève and Etienne 

Motivation

” Make a childhood dream come true. We are retired and we have the opportunity to do so. I love boating, and I love my husband.”

Describe its/their boat

Safe, comfortable, and seaworthy

Lucky charm on board

We are going to make a photo board with our 4 children and 7 grandchildren

MANACA
manaca
outremer 51

Crew : Vera and Jacques

Motivation

” Slow travelling.”

Describe its/their boat

Feminine, welcoming, reassuring

Lucky charm on board

A small wooden crocodile.

fou de bassan
allures 51.9

Crew : Véronique and Dominique

Motivation

” Make a childhood dream come true. Allow my husband to make his childhood dream come true.”

Describe its/their boat

Superb, Elegant

Lucky charm on board

A sailor’s knife that I already had on my self when I was a teenager.
 Stones against seasickness.

NOP_NOP
nop nop Wauquiez
Pilot Saloon 48

Crew : Jeanne and Lionel

Motivation

” We always wanted to go around the world. The fact that it is organizing made our decision to participate.”

Describe its/their boat

Beautiful, Comfortable

Lucky charm on board

A pirate doll

 

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