La Aventura


LA AVENTURA is Jimmy Cornells 2nd yacht.

LA AVENTURA launched in 1989 and completed a circumnavigation between 1989 and 1992, some of which was part of the first Round the World Rally organized by Jimmy Cornell between 1991 and 1992

Launched in 1989 and completed a circumnavigation between 1989 and 1992, some of which was part of the first Round the World Rally organized by Jimmy Cornell. She is fully equipped for world cruising- ready to go anywhere.

From 1975 to 1981 Jimmy with his wife Gwenda and two young children Doina and Ivan sailed the world in ‘Aventura’ his home built and fitted out 36 foot Van de Stadt design ketch. In his then role as a roving journalist for the BBC, Jimmy prepared and presented articles on the various countries, the lifestyles and cultures of the countries the family visited.

During this time Jimmy commenced interviewing and preparing questioners for his fellow sailors on sailing gear and equipment and formulating his own ideas on the ideal cruising yacht to ultimately be designed and built for him to again sail around the world. With this experience and knowledge he approached the then young navel architect Bill Dixon  - LA AVENTURA was the result of that successful collaboration.

This AVENTURA 40 incorporated several original features, many of which Jimmy has also maintained and enhanced in his 3rd and 4th yachts.

We have maintained communication with Jimmy during our ownership - initially he referred to us in his books and yachting articles as ‘the young Australian’ owners of La Aventura - now we are ‘the Australian’ couple - how time flies.

Jimmy and Gwenda visited us on La Aventura in September 2018. He fell in love with her all over again, and was impressed with her condition and love for her too.


La Aventura incorporates many rather innovative, and unique features:

Shallow draft with a winged daggerboard. The wing section is attached to the daggerboard by bolts that it can be removed for maintenance /repair. This allows the board to be retracted upwards through a slot in the deck and covered by a waterproof plate. The lifting board ensures a draft of only one metre/3ft 3ins with the board up, while about 450kg/1000lbs of lead ballast in the wings, contributes considerably to the stability of the boat as the weight is concentrated as low as possible. It also means that with the board down the boat is very comfortable in a rolly anchorage as the wings dampen both pitching and rolling. With the board up, the boat can dry out resting on the wing and twin skegs.

Watertight collision bulkhead for added safety the forward cabin is separated from the rest of the hull. Powerful clamps seal the watertight door between the forward cabin and the rest of the hull.

Protected steering position under the shelter of the fixed wheelhouse provides protection from rain, spray and sun, and offers panoramic views surrounded by toughened glass on three sides. The watchkeeper is dry and comfortable. This protection contributes greatly to the overall safety.

Independent Self-steering gear is incorporated in the overall design, rather that added on as an afterthought. The rudder of the Hydrovane self-steering gear passes through the floor of the transom platform, and can act as an emergency rudder. A powerful B & G auto pilot is also fitted.

Minimum number of through hull openings with only four seacocks, three of which are closely grouped together and easily accessible in an emergency. The two large openings service the cockpit drains and galley. One dedicated seacock provides take-off points for all seawater intakes. The fourth outlet, placed further aft is for the heads.   

Stern design with a platform which makes boarding from the water easier and also protects the self-steering gear and acts as a crumple area in case of collision from astern.

Twin engines ensures a second propulsion and charging unit. This is paramount when one considers the number of yachts that get into trouble either because their engine has broken down or it cannot be started as the batteries have been discharged. When motor-sailing, one of the 29hp engines provides ample power with minimal fuel consumption.

Gravity fuel tank (day tank) has a 15 litre capacity. This system acts as an additional fuel filter.

Aft open plan living arrangement with the saloon and galley located in the aft section of the boat.

Forward cabin storage – as storage is always an issue on any cruising boat, the forward cabin is a dedicated workshop area for storing the spare sails, diving gear, tools, fenders, spare ground tackle, ropes etc.