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Jimmy Cornell new boat: the Garcia 45

I have posted this on another thread:

Originally Posted by PCP View Post
You mean Jimmy Cornell, the guy that circumnavigate 3 times and end up discovery the French aluminum centerboarders?

The last one with an OVNI 43 (70 000 nm).

I guess you would be interested in this article:

Jimmy Cornell answers questions about OVNI yachts | Cornell Sailing Publications and Events

Except that Jimmy has commissioned a new boat and it is not an OVNI or even an Alubat. It is also a French aluminum centerboarder but made by Garcia, and a one off, his dream boat. I am very curious about it.

Garcia belongs to Allures (the hulls are made there) and has a long history in what regards making big high quality aluminum boats, most of them centerboarders.

Certainly a boat to follow on the interesting boat thread
And here it is:

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Jimmy Cornell?s boat a great success at La Rochelle boat show | Cornell Sailing Publications and Events

Jimmy Cornell, the doyen of world cruising, has chosen GARCIA YACHTING to build his new yacht to confront the challenges of the Northwest Passage.

Jimmy Cornell, best-selling nautical author, founder of the ARC and organiser of several round the world rallies, is preparing for a voyage that promises to be the culmination of his sailing life. During the summer of 2014, Jimmy Cornell will sail his new yacht in his latest project, the Blue Planet Odyssey, a global event aiming to raise awareness of the effects of climate change. A transit of the Northwest Passage in the company of other like-minded sailors will highlight the direct consequences of those changes.

To accomplish that voyage, Jimmy conceived the ideal boat, perfectly suited for both high latitude and tropical sailing. In recognition of their skills and expertise, the team at Garcia Yachting consider it an honour and privilege to have been asked to build this exceptional yacht for an exceptional sailor.

"Building this yacht for Jimmy Cornell is like a dream come true," says Stephan Constance, chairman of Grand Large Yachting. "It's like producing an album for your rock idol. For the last few months all of us at Garcia Yachting have responded with all our passion and given our best to turn this ambitious project into reality."

At their Norman boatyard in Condé-sur-Noireau (Calvados), the skilful team of Garcia Yachting is giving birth to the Garcia Exploration 45, an aluminium yacht of 13.50 meters incorporating some unique features never seen in a yacht of this type before. The prototype of Jimmy Cornell will be launched in April 2014 and named Aventura IV, in line with the previous boats of the famous navigator.
"I had to quickly find a suitable boat for that voyage," states Jimmy Cornell, "and, having looked around at all that was available, I decided that finally I had an unmissable opportunity to come up with a concept which would be nearest to that elusive ideal cruising boat. I was extremely fortunate in being able to infect with my enthusiasm both the team at Garcia Yachting, in my view the best aluminium yacht builders in the world, and also Olivier Racoupeau, one of France's top yacht designers".

This exciting collaboration proves the validity of what has been for the last ten years the philosophy of Grand Large Yachting, a group of specialist boat builders made up of the brands Allures Yachting, Garcia Yachting and Outremer Yachting. For the founders, Stephan Constance and Xavier Desmarest, the key to the success of their venture lies in the ability of their teams to respond to the needs of each client by providing all necessary expertise. This requires and even bolder approach when it comes to a project pioneered by Jimmy Cornell.

A truly unique yacht
"My requirements were very clear: a strong, fast, comfortable, functional and easily handled boat perfectly suited for both high latitude and tropical sailing," explains Jimmy Cornell."What was new, however, was my insistence on a deck saloon that would ensure almost all-round visibility.

This, and an inside steering position, was something that had never been tried before on a centreboard yacht. The designer has produced what I believe to be the perfect solution: a comfortable and spacious deck saloon with 270° vision, also ideal for watchkeeping and navigation."


Too much talk for something that is simple. In fact the new boat seems to have the same hull of the Allures 45, probably reinforced, eventually with more ballast (since it is 3.3t heavier) with a deck saloon configuration and an "old" inside steering station . Fact is that the Allures 45 provides already a decent lateral view and a passable forward view from the navigation table and seat, having the possibility to be steered from there. This one will provide a better one, similar to the one that is offered standard on the Boreal 44.

That does not mean that the Garcia 45 is not a great boat adapted to navigation on high latitudes, more that it is not that different from a Allures 45, on another configuration and reinforced.

Jimmy Cornell intends to do with the boat this:

Blue Planet Odyssey 2014-17 - A New Round the World Sailing Event

Let's see what happens. This year things went wrong for the ones that tried to do the Northwest passage, with many boats stuck in the ice. I hope next year they will find better conditions otherwise things can go wrong.

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