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…