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Barbados 50 Yachts Warm Farewell to Lisbon

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On the eve of the departure of the Barbados 50 yachts, the Marina Parque dos Nações invited all the visiting sailors in the marina to a farewell party to celebrate their departure.

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Islands Odyssey Leaves Cape Verdes For Barbados

The crews enjoy great food and the world known Cape Verde music

The Islands Odyssey yachts made their departure from the Cape Verdes on the morning of Tuesday 24 November, setting their course west for the Caribbean island of Barbados some 2020 nautical miles away.

Although most …

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BPO Sailors In Their Own Words: Your Biggest Surprise

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The Blue Planet Odyssey fleet are now cruising through the Indonesian archipelago on the latest stage of their round the world trip.

After months spent in the Pacific Ocean, a few weeks in …

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Odyssey Logs

The Blue Planet Odyssey Discovers Indonesia

Welcome dances in Tual (Photos: Zeke Holland)

After some time in Australia, the Blue Planet Odyssey sailors are now making their way through the Indonesian archipelago, which with some 13,677 islands is the largest island group in the world. Sadly, Anne and …

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Islands Odyssey Leaves Lanzarote

The yachts set sail

The inaugural Islands Odyssey set sail from Marina Lanzarote on Saturday 24 October on a 30 mile hop across to Corralejo on the northern end of Fuerteventura.

On the night before departure, the skippers enjoyed …

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Islands Odyssey Gets Underway

Island Odyssey yachts in Marina Lanzarote

Most of the yachts taking part in the inaugural Islands Odyssey have arrived in Marina Lanzarote and are enjoying a few days getting to know each other before the start on 24 October.

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BPO Sailors In Their Own Words: Highlights So Far

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With Joyful the last boat to arrive in Australia this week, the Blue Planet Odyssey yachts have completed their transit of the Pacific Ocean. In the 9 months since the boats …

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Ambrym: Back to My Roots for the BPO

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A stroke of convenient timing meant that the Blue Planet Odyssey cruise through Vanuatu was able to include a visit to Ambrym, and a chance to experience the 3 day Back to My Roots …

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Vanuatu Cruising: The Maskelynes

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Vanuatu is a perfect cruising ground, with day sailing along the coast of the larger islands, or a short hop from one island to the next, making it easy to explore.

Vanuatu sunset.

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BPO Reunited in Vanuatu: Southwest Bay, Malekula

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The Blue Planet Odyssey fleet of yachts, having spread out to cruise at their own pace through the islands of the South Pacific, finally came together again in a small bay on the island of …

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Blue Planet Odyssey: A Santo Photo Album

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A few photos from Espirito Santo, the largest island in Vanuatu.

Doina Cornell meets Luc Callebaut for the first time after working together for 15 years on Noonsite and now Blue Planet Odyssey.

 

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Tropical Passage Notes

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Landfall: Island of Aoba (Vanuatu) very different from Tuvalu.

I expect to many people the phrase ‘tropical sailing’ conjures up lolling on the foredeck catching a tan, as balmy trade winds push you across …

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Farewell, Tuvalu

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All good things come to an end, and sailors know the next port is always just over the horizon, beckoning you on.

I came to Tuvalu with little idea of what to expect, and …

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Finally, Tuvalu : moments to treasure

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Three years since we launched the Blue Planet Odyssey, and more personally, thirty seven years since I was last here: the path across the ocean to Tuvalu has been a long one for …

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En route to Tuvalu

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We left Apia early in the morning of Thursday July 16th to the sound of drum beats echoing across the bay as a long canoe with some fifty men at the oars practised for a …

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Tokelau – so near, so far

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Three small coral atolls some 400 miles north west of Samoa, Tokelau is a territory of New Zealand and rarely visited by yachts.

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The low lying coral atolls make …

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Pacific Impressions: Next Stage of The Blue Planet Odyssey

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Last summer when I took my daughter Nera up to the Arctic to sail with her grandfather Jimmy, I promised my son Dan that I would take him to the Pacific the following year.

‘Somewhere …

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BPO: Deeper Into The Pacific

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The next leg of the Blue Planet Odyssey is now underway as the boats leave Bora Bora after a prolonged cruise through French Polynesia and head off the beaten track to the Northern Cook Islands.

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Blue Planet Odyssey in Tahiti: Trash and Tourism

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Not to be outdone by the Marquesas stopover, an exciting program of events was organised for the Blue Planet Odyssey sailors in Tahiti.

As part of the Blue Planet Odyssey’s ongoing environmental program, sailors …

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The Blue Planet Odyssey: Sailing around the world for a good cause

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When my father Jimmy Cornell told me about his idea for a Blue Planet Odyssey I was hooked straightaway. It was 2012 and we were on a plane heading to the States for the Annapolis …

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Canary Islands Secrets: Lanzarote

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As we launch the new Canaries Odyssey for 2015, which will visit all seven of the main islands in the archipelago, it is worth remembering what fascinating places they are to visit away from …

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An Extra-Ordinary Act? Deployment in the Pacific: Drifter Buoys & Argo floats

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Thousands of miles from land, in the Pacific Ocean, a simple act has taken place. It might not rock the world, but it deserves to be recognised for being quite extra-ordinary.

Our sailors have deployed …

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First Boats Arrive in the Marquesas

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Blue Wind was the first of the fleet to arrive in Atuona, on the island of Hiva Oa in the Marquesas on Sunday March 29.

Luc Callebaut, who is running the BPO event office in …

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Odyssey Logs

Elusive Trade Winds: BPO Galapagos-Marquesas

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As the boats finish their second week at sea on their passage of nearly 3000 nautical miles, here is a selection from their blogs of their experiences so far after leaving the Galapagos on March …

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Into the Doldrums: BPO Passage Notes to the Galapagos

Tim tries to invite the booby to dinner (photo Zeke Holland)

As our Blue Planet Odyssey and Pacific Odyssey participants spend the next few days with the barely onerous task of deciding which of the island and wildlife tours …

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