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Cornell’s Ocean Atlas: Pilot charts for all oceans of the world

Jimmy Cornell, founder of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, and author of the sailor’s bible World Cruising Routes has teamed up with his son Ivan to produce Cornell’s Ocean Atlas, an atlas of 129 up-to-date pilot charts based on the last 20 years of satellite observations.

Cornell’s Ocean Atlas is:

  • The first      significant innovation in pilot charts — an essential tool      for passage planning — since pilot charts were developed by Lieutenant      Maury of the US Navy in the mid-1800s.
  • The first and only pilot charts to be based on      extensive near real-time geospatial      and remote buoy sensing data from 1987 to the present      measuring true surface wind and current – gathered from a network of OSCAR      and other meteorological satellites, using NOAA and Earth and Space      Research (ESR) data programs
  • An integral part of Jimmy Cornell’s World      Cruising Series – works hand-in-hand with World Voyage Planner (available September 2012), World Cruising Routes and World Cruising Destinations

60 monthly up-to-date pilot charts of all oceans of the world show

  • wind speed and      direction
  • current rates and      direction
  • approximate extent of the Intertropical      Convergence Zone, commonly known as thedoldrums
  • the most common tracks of tropical storms
  • and the mean location of high pressure cells for      each hemisphere

69 detailed charts of the most common transoceanic routes including:

  • Canary Islands and New York to the Lesser      Antilles (Caribbean)
  • Lesser Antilles (Caribbean) to New York and      Azores
  • Lesser Antilles (Caribbean) and California to      Galapagos
  • Pacific Northwest and California to Lesser      Antilles (Caribbean)
  • Pacific Northwest to Galapagos and Marquesas
  • California to      Hawaii and Alaska
  • Panama to      Marquesas and Hawaii
  • Australia and New Zealand to Tahiti and Fiji
  • Tonga to New Zealand and the Torres Strait
  • Seychelles to      South Africa
  • South Africa to North East Brazil
  • Plus expanded detail for the Caribbean Sea,      Mediterranean, Baltic Sea

Comprehensive description of weather conditions in every ocean.

Sidebars with tactical suggestions have been added to the months when most passages are undertaken.

Comments and tips on tactics, as well as weather overviews for each ocean, were contributed by meteorologists and routers specializing in those oceanic areas, such as Lee Chesneau, Peter Gibbs (BBC), Herb Hilgenberg, Bob McDavitt (New Zealand Met Office) and John Neal.

From Jimmy Cornell:

“The main objective of Cornell’s Ocean Atlas is to make it possible to take advantage of prevailing winds and seek out whenever possible favourable conditions. Essentially, to try to always be in the right place at the right time, or, better still: Not to be in the wrong place at the wrong time!”

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