The Elcano Challenge
Jimmy Cornell, founder of the ARC, plans to repeat the ship Victoria's historic first circumnavigation of the world. Ferdinand Magellan was killed in the Philippines and his fellow crew member, Juan Sebastian Elcano, took over as captain and returned the ship to Spain in 1522.
The ‘Elcano Challenge’ commemorates the 500th anniversary of this event and Jimmy, who will be 80 next year, has opted for a catamaran named ELCANO with two electric saildrive units and a bank of lithium batteries.
Starting in October from Seville, with stop-offs in S America, he will pass through the Magellan Straits and on to the Cook Islands, Philippines, SE Asia, around the Cape of Good Hope to Cape Verde and arrive home in July 2021.