World Cruising Routes: 7th edition

World Cruising Routes: 7th edition

Flex Cover, 616pp, 10 x 7.9 x 1.6, 9780957262645, 2014

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World Cruising Routes is a comprehensive guide to nearly 1000 sailing routes covering all the oceans of the world, from the tropical South Seas to the high latitudes of the Arctic and Antarctic. The book is geared specifically to the needs of cruising sailors and contains essential information on winds, currents, regional and seasonal weather as well as valuable suggestions concerning optimum times for individual routes.


Since its publication in 1987, World Cruising Routes has sold 200,000 copies in its English, German, French, Italian and Spanish editions making it one of the best-selling nautical publications in the world.World Cruising Routes, and its companion volumes World Cruising DestinationsWorld Voyage Planner and Cornell’s Ocean Atlas, are to be found on board every long distance cruising yacht, and provide ocean navigators all the information they need, from the planning stages of a voyage to its successful completion.


Since 1987, offshore navigation has undergone a number of major changes, and this new edition has been thoroughly revised to meet the requirements and expectations of the current generation of offshore sailors.


Some of the most important changes have been dictated by the effects of climate change on global weather and the availability of the data gathered over the last two decades by meteorological satellites. This data resulted in the publication of Cornell’s Ocean Atlas, which was produced jointly with Ivan Cornell, and contains monthly pilot charts for all oceans of the world. Examination of this data highlighted some essential changes that have occurred in the global weather systems over the years.


The revisions in the seventh edition were dictated primarily by the information contained in the latest pilot charts, which required a rethinking of some old established route planning tactics, many of which are no longer valid.


Another important change made in this edition is the addition of detailed waypoints on some well-travelled routes, as well as the inclusion of alternative routes leading to popular cruising destinations. Compared to previous editions, where the waypoints were listed mainly for planning purposes, in this new edition every waypoint along each route is listed, enabling the navigator to plot a course for any passage from start to finish.


One new feature added to this edition is that of windgrams depicting a summary of wind conditions for the month when passages are undertaken along some of the most commonly sailed routes. The windgrams are a synthesis of individual windroses as shown in the pilot chart published in Cornell’s Ocean Atlas.


In direct response to current navigational methods, most routes, and especially those leading to popular cruising destinations, have been redesigned to provide essential passage planning details. Also, new routes have been added to areas rarely explored until recently by cruising yachts, from Greenland and Micronesia to China and the Northwest Passage.



Described as the bible of cruising sailors, World Cruising Routes is the definitive reference book for long-distance navigators. This totally revised and updated edition has drawn on the latest weather information available to provide the most comprehensive aid to planning a safe voyage to any part of the world. With over 1000 sailing routes in all the oceans of the world, from the tropics to the high latitudes of the Arctic and Antarctic, it contains essential information on winds, currents, regional and seasonal weather as well as optimum times for individual passages.


Geared specifically to the needs of offshore navigators, this comprehensive guide contains all the necessary information for planning a passage in any of the world’s oceans. This seventh edition assesses the consequences of climate change on sailing routes and provides over 6,000 waypoints to assist skippers in planning individual passages. Much of the information contained in the following pages was gathered during the author’s three circumnavigations. It is the perfect one-stop reference for planning a voyage anywhere in the world.


This is a companion volume to both World Voyage Planner, which offers invaluable planning strategies and advice on long-distance voyaging, as well as World Cruising Destinations, which gives practical information on all the maritime nations of the world with details of their main cruising attractions, climate, formalities, marinas, repair facilities, charter operators, cruising guides and websites.


Flex Cover
10 x 7.9 x 1.6
Jimmy Cornell
Cornell Sailing
Published Date:

Corrections to WORLD CRUISING ROUTES 7th edition
14 August 2014

  • Page 30 AN12
    The correct coordinates for Falmouth are 50°08.0'N, 5°02.0'W
  • Page 35 AN16
    The correct coordinates for Acebuche are 36°02.5’N, 5°27.0’W
  • Page 48 AN33
    The correct coordinates for Tarifa are 35°59.5’N, 5°36.5’W
  • Page 49 AN34
    The correct coordinates for Tarifa are 35°59.5’N, 5°36.5’W The correct
    coordinates for Hoyo are 36°04’N, 6°20’W
  • Pages 69 and 70 AN56 and AN57
    The correct coordinates for Tenerife E are 28°31.5’N, 16°06.0’W The correct
    coordinates for Tenerife NE are 28°40.0’N, 16°06.0’W
  • Page 71 AN59
    The distance Las Palmas to Crosshaven is 1462 miles
  • Page 77 AN65
    Right column: The distance to Paramaribo is approximately 13 miles Page 92
    AN76B The correct coordinates for Morro are 18°31.0’N, 66°06.0’W
  • Page 93
    Right column, last line, amend text to: “reach the open ocean at Virgin E”
  • Page 94 AN77
    The correct coordinates for Sombrero E are 18°36.0’N, 63°20.0’W
  • Page 101 AN83
    The distance from Charlotte Amalie to San Juan is 73 miles, and to Samana
    261 miles
  • Page 106 AN85B
    Delete “115” after "Porpoise"
  • Page 206 AN165
    The correct coordinates for for Jan Mayen are 70°53.8’N, 8°46.3’W
  • Page 217 AN176
    The correct coordinates for for Jan Mayen are 70°53.8’N, 8°46.3’W
  • AT15 Page 227
    "Route AN15A" should be AT15A
    "Route AN15B" should be AT15B
  • Page228 AT15
    Right column: the correct French name of French Guyana is “Guyane”.
    Cayenne is its capital.
  • Page 234 AT25
    "Route AN25C" should be AT25C
  • Page 346 PT12
    The correct name of the island is not Guadelupe, but Guadalupe.Thus, the
    waypoint name should be: Guadalupe NW
  • Page 477
    Right column, third paragraph
    The strength of the breeze can be augmented by 20 knots.
  • Page 479
    Right column, second paragraph: the current name of Dindings River is
    Manjung River.
  • Page 517
    Left column, fourth paragraph: Chagos enjoys…. SE trade winds from April
    to October (not November as stated)
  • Page 595
    Right column, top line.
    In 2014, Ukraine has gone through an uncertain period after Crimea had
    seceded and joined the Russian Federation. The situation in that part of
    the Black Sea may continue to be unsettled and it is advisable to
    monitor the latest situation before planning to sail there.
  • Page 602
    Left column, last line in first paragraph: RW2 should be corrected to MW2

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