The rally of a lifetime

The itinerary

A memorable circumnavigation

From 2021 to 2024

The Grand Large Yachting group and Jimmy Cornell are delighted to announce the official launch of the GLY World Odyssey 500. This prestigious round the world rally will offer two starts: one in Cherbourg, France on September 18, 2021 and a second one in La Grande-Motte, France on September 19, 2021.

This is the 7th rally organised at the initiative of Jimmy Cornell, founder of the ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers) and is of historical significance as it commemorates the 500th anniversary of the first round the world voyage by Ferdinand Magellan and Juan Sebastian Elcano. It also happens to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the founding of Grand Large Yachting.

To highlight the global reach of this event, the itinerary of this world rally will include both a tropical route, along the traditional trade wind route, and a slightly less traditional route: the southern route via the Magellan Strait and Patagonia. The two routes will merge in Tahiti, in June 2022, from where the combined fleet will sail together for the remaining part of the rally.

This world sailing event is also a great opportunity to take part in scientific, educational and community projects along the way, all related to the “One Planet – One Future” theme. More information to come…

Why join us?

Security and freedom for all

With the GLY World Odyssey you will benefit from the support of a community travelling around the world together whilst still having the freedom of planning your own personal route.

You will be able to choose between: 

  • two very different routes (Tropical or Southern)
  • four starting points: Cherbourg, La Grande-Motte, Séville or Key West
  • joining for the full rally or only certain legs
  • different stopovers during certain legs

Grand Large Yachting: an established organization

Choosing to sail with Grand Large Yachting, which counts over 17 years of Blue-water cruising experience and 500 employees, means that you are banking on sustainability and know-how.

You should also note that Jimmy Cornell has shaped this rally through his many years of experience sailing across the globe. His incredible network means that you will be welcomed with open arms everywhere you go.

Support at each stopover

Because sailing over a long course of time means that you are exposing yourself to a few technical mishaps, it is important that you receive technical support all through the rally.

The Grand Large Yachting after-sales teams will be available at six stopovers to check your boat, answer your technical questions, and help you find the right subcontractor when necessary.

Give your journey meaning

Don’t just settle on the perfect blue-water vacation, aim for more, make a difference! It is our newest and most important mission at Grand Large Yachting at this time. We aim to make less of an environmental impact and help educate on new, more sustainable ways of manufacturing. In this context, the GLY World Odyssey has taken on a goal that speaks to all: one planet – one future. To put this into practice during the rally participants will be given the opportunity to participate in humanitarian, educational and scientific projects.

The detailed itinerary


Preparation RDV #1: Cherbourg – La Coruna                                                                                     
Cruise La Coruna to Seville
Preparation RDV #2: La Grande Motte to Barcelona                                                                        
Cruise Barcelona to Seville


Final preparation RDV Seville
Seville to Lanzarote                                                                                                                

October – November

Canaries stopover


RDV Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Official Start)
Tenerife – Barbados

December – January

Caribbean stopover


US start RDV Key West (Florida)
Cruise Key West to San Blas                                                                                                
RDV Martinique
Cruise Martinique, ABC Island, Colombia to San Blas            


ETA Porvenir (San Blas) 
Cruise San Blas Islands
Transit to Shelter Bay Marina (Panama)                                                                              
Shelter Bay Marina (complete formalities for Panama Canal transit)


Panama Canal transits
Pursuit to Baquerizo Moreno (San Cristobal), Galapagos Islands                                            
Boats depart for Baquerizo Moreno after having completed the canal transit
RDV Baquerizo Moreno 
Cruise Galapagos Islands to Isabela                                                                             
RDV Isabela
[Detour to Easter Island, Pitcarn, Gambier Islands]                                                         
Isabela to Hiva Oa Island (Marquesas)


RDV Nuku Hiva (Marquesas)

May – June

Cruise Marquesa and Tuamotu Islands                                                                     


Papeete (Tahiti) rendezvous
Cruise Society Islands (Moorea – Huahine – Raiatea – Tahaa – Bora Bora)         
RDV Bora Bora

July – August

Cruise Bora Bora to Cook Island and Tonga (Vava’u)   


RDV Tonga (Vava’u)

August – September

Cruise Samoa, Wallis, Futuna to Fiji       


RDV Savusavu (Fiji)

September – October

Cruise Fiji to Malololailai Island


RDV Musket Cove (Malololailai Island)
Musket Cove – Opua (New Zealand)   

October – November

Cruise Opua to Auckland                                                                         


RDV Auckland

November – January

New Zealand stopover


RDV Opua
Opua – Lord Howe Island


Lord Howe – Sydney                                                               

February – March

Australia stopover


Cruise SE Australia to Noumea (New Caledonia)   


RDV Noumea
Cruise Noumea – Espiritu Santo (Vanuatu)   


RDV Espiritu Santo                            
Espiritu Santo – Mackay (Australia)                                                                            
Cruise Great Barrier Reef to Thursday Island     


RDV Thursday Island
Thursday Island – Kota Tual (Maluku Islands, Indonesia)                                   
Cruise Indonesia Tual to Bali     


Pursuit Bali to Cocos Keeling                                                                                 
RDV Cocos Keeling
Cruise to Rodrigues – [Chagos] – Mauritius – La Reunion


RDV La Reunion
La Reunion – Durban    


Cruise Durban to Cape Town                                                                 

November – December

South Africa stopover


RDV Cape Town
Cape Town to St Helena – Recife (Brazil)


RDV Recife
Brazil to Fernado de Noronha


Fernando de Noronha – Faial (Azores)


RDV Horta (Faial)
Azores to Ponta Delgada (San Miguel)
RDV Ponta Delgada
Ponta Delgada – Seville          

What is included?

Pre-rally seminars

Panama transit fees

Cruising permit

Technical assistance

Docking space 

(at departure and arrival of planned stopovers)


Who can sign up and how?

The GLY World Odyssey was previously only open to mono hulled and multi hulled vessels of one of the Grand Large Yachting brands: Allures, Garcia, Gunboat, Outremer and RM Yachts. Considering there are still a few spots left, we have decided to open the rally to a few non-GLY boats.

This is the first round the world rally organised by a sailing group specialized in producing high performance blue water cruising multi and monohulls. To this effect, this is a very sought out, one of a kind rally, and we recommend that you book your slot soon. 

If you are interested in the rally but don’t already own one of the groups sailing boats, our Brokerage team will be happy to help you find a pre-owned sailing yacht.

Finally, it is important that you have attended the pre-rally seminars to make sure that you are up to speed on preparing for the event.

Am I eligible to join the GLY World Odyssey?

The faces behind the rally organization

Jimmy CornellDIRECTOR
Stéphan ConstanceDIRECTOR
Xavier DesmarestDIRECTOR
Victor TaburiauxEVENT MANAGER