Presentation of the Grand Large Yachting World Odyssey 500

The Grand Large Yachting World Odyssey 500 is a round the world rally, commemorating the 500th anniversary of the first round the world voyage by Ferdinand Magellan and Juan Sebastian Elcano.


To celebrate this special occasion, Jimmy Cornell and the Grand Large Yachting team invite you to join an exclusive rally, reserved for Outremer, Garcia, Allures and Gunboat owners.

The itinerary, highlighting the global reach of this event, will include 3 routes:

  • Tropical, along the traditional trade wind route,
  • Southern via the Magellan Strait and Patagonia,
  • Northern, through the Northwest Passage

The three routes will merge in Tahiti from where the combined fleet will sail together for the remaining part of the rally.


A scientific and educational program specifically created for the event.


The GLYWO 500 is a round the world sailing event aimed at highlighting the consequences of climate change by calling at some of the most endangered island communities. This global sailing event will also endeavor to highlight the effects of climate change on the Arctic icecap, the Great Barrier Reef, and the Galapagos Islands, all of which lie on the GLYWO 500 route.

In line with the overall aim of the Odyssey, participants will play an active role in projects undertaken by the event by being involved in an educational program, including contact with a school of origin and local schools along the way to keep them informed of the progress of the rally, and which will be visited upon arrival. Participants will also be invited to take part in scientific data gathering on behalf of international research institutions, and to contribute to community projects in some of the endangered places the GLYWO 500 will be visiting.











18 September Start 1: Cherbourg – La Coruna                                                                                     

25 September Cruise La Coruna to Seville

19 September Start 2: La Grande Motte to Barcelona                                                                        

24 September Cruise Barcelona to Seville

9 October RDV Seville

12 October Seville to Lanzarote                                                                                                                

17 October – 12 November Canaries stopover

14 November RDV Santa Cruz de Tenerife

21 November Tenerife – Barbados                                                                                                           

5 December – 18 January Caribbean stopover

9 January US start RDV Key West (Florida)

15 January Cruise Key West to San Blas                                                                                                

16 January RDV Martinique

21 January Cruise Martinique, ABC Island, Colombia to San Blas                                                  

8 – 12 February ETA Porvenir (San Blas) 

10 to 23 February Cruise San Blas Islands

23 – 25 February Transit to Shelter Bay Marina (Panama)                                                                              

24 – 27 February Shelter Bay Marina (complete formalities for Panama Canal transit)

2 – 5 March Panama Canal transits

3 – 6 March Pursuit to Baquerizo Moreno (San Cristobal), Galapagos Islands                                            

Boats depart for Baquerizo Moreno after having completed the canal transit

14 March RDV Baquerizo Moreno 

19 – 27 March Cruise Galapagos Islands to Isabela                                                                             

28 March RDV Isabela

[31 March Detour to Easter Island, Pitcarn, Gambier Islands]                                                         

31 March Isabela to Hiva Oa Island (Marquesas)                                                                                

25 April RDV Nuku Hiva (Marquesas)

1 May – 5 June Cruise Marquesa and Tuamotu Islands                                                                     

7 June Papeete (Tahiti) rendezvous

12 – 26 June Cruise Society Islands (Moorea – Huahine – Raiatea – Tahaa – Bora Bora)         

27 June RDV Bora Bora

2 July – 1 August Cruise Bora Bora to Cook Island and Tonga (Vava’u)                                        

2 August RDV Tonga (Vava’u)

16 August – 20 September Cruise Samoa, Wallis, Futuna to Fiji                                                   

22 September RDV Savusavu (Fiji)

25 September – 12 October Cruise Fiji to Malololailai Island                                                                         

12 October RDV Musket Cove (Malololailai Island)

17 October Musket Cove – Opua (New Zealand)                                                                                  

27 October – 3 November Cruise Opua to Auckland                                                                         

5 November RDV Auckland

6 November – 12 January New Zealand stopover

17 January RDV Opua

21 January Opua – Lord Howe Island                                                                                                     

1 February Lord Howe – Sydney                                                                                                              

8 February – 31 March Australia stopover

1 – 25 April Cruise SE Australia to Noumea (New Caledonia)                                                         

1 May RDV Noumea

5 May Cruise Noumea – Espiritu Santo (Vanuatu)                                                                 

5 June RDV Espiritu Santo                            

8 June Espiritu Santo – Mackay (Australia)                                                                            

20 June Cruise Great Barrier Reef to Thursday Island                                                        

12 July RDV Thursday Island

14 July Thursday Island – Kota Tual (Maluku Islands, Indonesia)                                   

24 July Cruise Indonesia Tual to Bali                                                                                       

14 August Pursuit Bali to Cocos Keeling                                                                                 

24 August RDV Cocos Keeling

29 August Cruise to Rodrigues – [Chagos] – Mauritius – La Reunion                                              

10 October RDV La Reunion

16 October La Reunion – Durban                                                                                                             

1 November Cruise Durban to Cape Town                                                                                            

15 November – 31 December South Africa stopover

3 Janvier RDV Cape Town

6 Janvier Cape Town to St Helena – Recife (Brazil)

7 Février RDV Recife

20 Février Brazil to Fernado de Noronha

16 Mars Fernando de Noronha – Faial (Azores)

6 Avril RDV Horta (Faial)

10 Avril Azores to Ponta Delgada (San Miguel)

25 Avril RDV Ponta Delgada

28 Avril Ponta Delgada – Seville               


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