But where do sailors go around the world? Jimmy Cornell tells you.


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Do you want to know what are the favorite places where those (lucky!) people who have decided to drop everything and sail around the world are heading? There you have it, so you too can dream of one day going to the most beautiful places in the world with your own boat or a chartered one
. We present the exclusive ranking that identifies where the world’s great sailing travelers go. Roamers of the seas and oceans guru Jimmy Cornell has compiled it. The great sailor, like a chartreuse, surveyed the stops in 2015 in the ports of key locations of boaters making long sailings around the world. Cornell estimates that there were, in 2015, about 8,000 globetrotting boats, what he calls “ocean cruising yachts” or boats that cruise around the world, exploring the most beautiful but also remote places on the planet. (In the opening photo: Gibraltar in an illustration by Luca Tagliafico)

Horta (Azores)

Here is a ranking of the number of passages in the ports touched by these major travelers, useful for identifying flows and also their preferences:

  1. Gibraltar, 2472 boats

  2. Horta (Azores), 1232 boats

  3. Panama Canal, 1079 boats

  4. Trinidad, 1015 boats

  5. Las Palmas (Canary Islands), 903 boats

  6. Mindelo (Cape Verde), 750 boats

  7. Bermuda, 732 boats

  8. New Zealand, 669 boats

    New Zealand
  9. Tahiti, 556 boats

  10. Madeira, 518 boats

  11. Cuba, 500 boats

  12. Vava’u (island of Tonga), 424 boats

  13. Australia, 361 boats

  14. Cape Town, 358 boats

  15. Pukhet (Thailand), 340 boats

  16. Noumea (New Caledonia), 328 boats

  17. Suva (Fiji Islands), 300 boats

  18. Southern Chile

    Puerto Williams (southern Chile), 283 boats

  19. Galapagos, 280 boats

  20. Indonesia, 236 boats

  21. Cook Islands, 209 boats

  22. Singapore, 201 boats

    Palawan (Philippines)
  23. Philippines, 200 boats

  24. St. Helena, 196 boats

  25. Durban, 108 boats

  26. Cocos Keeling (Cocos Islands), 99 boats

  27. Galle (Sri Lanka), 98 boats

  28. Cabedelo (Brazil), 81 boats

  29. Darwin (Australia), 72 boats

  30. Ludovico Einaudi plays in Svalbard

    Spitsbergen (Svalbard Islands), 65 boats

  31. Ushuaia (southern Chile), 64 boats

  32. St. Petersburg (Baltic Sea), 60 boats

  33. B.I.O.T. (British Indian Ocean Territory), 48 boats

  34. Nuuk (capital of Greenland), 32 boats

  35. Hawaii, 30 boats

  36. Nosy Be (Madagascar), 30 boats

  37. Falklands (South Pacific islands), 29 boats

  38. Dutch Harbour (Unalaska Island off Alaska), 23 boats

  39. Eastern Island (Easter Island/Rapa Nui), 79 boats

  40. Marshall Islands, 37 boats

  41. Hong Kong, 30 boats

  42. Osaka (Japan), 20 boats

  43. Suez Canal, 19 boats

  44. Antarctic, 18 boats

  45. Cochin (India), 16 boats

  46. Pitcairn (Pacific island, that of the Bounty mutineers), 14 boats

  47. Northwest Passage

    Arctic Northwest Passage, 11 boats

  48. Tuvalu (Ellice Islands), 6 boats

  49. Tokelau (three tropical coral atolls), 3 boats

Obviously leading the way are the passages to Gibraltar, an almost obligatory point of passage for those leaving or entering the Mediterranean. Identical situation for the second and third in the ranking, both the Azores and the Panama Canal Are compulsory steps. Second on the list, Horta, is the launching point for crossing or returning from Atlantic navigation.

Jimmy Cornell

The Panama Canal, in third place, is mandatory navigation for anyone changing oceans from Atlantic to Pacific or vice versa, without having to circumnavigate South America. Speaking of forced passages, the only 19 passages through the Suez Canal in 2015, caused by the pirate alert situation assaulting boats, including pleasure boats, is astonishing. Otherwise, pause to scroll through the mythical names that appear in the rankings, look at a world map and start dreaming. It costs nothing to dream of one day boating to the most beautiful places in the world.

Cornell’s survey also provides other useful insights. Of the 8,000 boats surveyed that are making long sailings around the world
, 46% are sailing around the Pacific, 11% are sailing aimlessly, and 43% are taking the classic Around the World Sailing Tour. The average length is around 45 to 50 feet, and the average crew is around three sailors per boat.



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