Please select your home edition
Edition
Ocean Safety 2021 - LEADERBOARD

Life Afloat - part 3: Q&A with Jimmy Cornell

by Jimmy Cornell 7 Mar 11:49 UTC

Here is the final installment of the answers to the questions from students at Kurtzebarri Secondary School in Aretxabaleta, in the Basque province of Gipuzkoa, Spain.

How do you get food supplies when you are in the middle of the ocean?

For long passages you have to plan your provisioning very carefully because except for catching fish, there is really not much you can get in the middle of the ocean. Over the years I have constantly improved my provisioning, and I know now what keeps well over a long time, also what are the most useful provisions and also the most nutritious. I always make sure that we have enough fresh fruit and vegetables and, on longer passages, also a good supply of vitamins.

One of the great pleasures of cruising is going to the local market to buy fresh provisions, as I did in Panama before setting off on the passage to the Galapagos Islands. Fishing was an important source of food for us especially on long passages.

I usually was quite lucky and managed to feed the family even if occasionally I had competition.

This is all I was left with after a hungry shark got most of my fish before I managed to bring it on board.

Occasionally our next meal landed effortlessly on deck like this school of flying fish.

Something else that I like doing at sea is cooking, but on Aventura Zero we must watch the consumption of electricity because the electric cooker is very power-hungry.

... and baking bread is the worst as it takes so long, so I try to do it in the middle of the day when the sun is high and the solar panels are at their most efficient. One way to save electricity is by using a solar cooker. It works well but takes time. Fortunately that is something that you have a lot of at sea.

How has been your experience been so far on Aventura Zero?

Aventura's maiden voyage totalled over 3500 miles and was a very enjoyable experience. When I took the decision to build a fully electric boat, I was aware that this was a very ambitious project and knew that not everything would meet my expectations. This became increasingly obvious as the voyage progressed and, by the time we had reached Tenerife, I realised that we could not continue the challenging voyage ahead of us unless some essential modifications were made to the electrical system. So we sailed back to the boatyard in the south of France, where Aventura had been built, and that work is happening at this very moment. I hope to test the improved system when I return to Aventura next month.

This brings me to the end of the questions I had been asked by my friends at Kurtzebarri secondary school in Aretxabaleta, and which I have been very happy to answer. Agur!

More information at cornellsailing.com

Related Articles

Confessions of a monohull sailor
How could a committed monohull sailor decide to get himself a catamaran? In my previous report I dealt with some of the most significant questions that I had been asked about my Elcano project and the latest Aventura. Posted on 18 Apr
What next? Update on Aventura Zero plans
Is the aim of zero emissions achievable? In the three months since I returned with Aventura Zero to the Outremer boatyard at La Grande Motte, in the south of France, I have received many emails expressing interest in the feasibility of achieving zero emissions on a sailing boat. Posted on 6 Apr
Life Afloat - part 2: Q&A with Jimmy Cornell
Questions sent from students at Kurtzebarri Secondary School in Aretxabaleta Last week I posted a number of questions sent from students at Kurtzebarri Secondary School in Aretxabaleta, in the Basque province of Gipuzkoa. Here are the answers to some more questions. Posted on 3 Mar
Life Afloat: Q&A with Jimmy Cornell
A list of questions from students at Kurtzebarri Secondary School Recently I received a list of questions from students at Kurtzebarri Secondary School in Aretxabaleta, in the Basque province of Gipuzkoa. Posted on 20 Feb
The Elcano Challenge is back on course
I never lose: either I win, or I learn I never lose: either I win, or I learn. Nelson Mandela's words have been haunting me ever since I took the decision to turn around at Tenerife and put my project on hold. Posted on 25 Jan
"A good adventure": Aventura Zero Journal 8
Winter passage from the Canaries to Southern France for Jimmy Cornell The Straits of Gibraltar marked the halfway point of our winter passage from the Canaries to Southern France. The winds continued to be favourable but that didn't last long as the Mediterranean showed her true face again. Posted on 30 Dec 2020
Upffront 2020 Foredeck Club SW FOOTERSelden 2020 - FOOTERSea Sure 2021 - Blakes Toilets - FOOTER