All posts by: Doina Cornell

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Tropical Passage Notes

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

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

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

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

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

Blue Planet Odyssey route

The low lying coral atolls make …

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Pacific Impressions: Next Stage of The Blue Planet Odyssey

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Elusive Trade Winds: BPO Galapagos-Marquesas

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

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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Blue Planet Odyssey Update: All Ways Lead to San Blas

Most of the Blue Planet Odyssey yachts have now arrived in the San Blas from their respective starts in Key West and Martinique. A cruising leg will take place, giving them time to explore the …

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First Atlantic Odyssey II boats arrive to a warm Martinique welcome

Belgian yacht Roxy arrived on Saturday 24th January in Le Marin, Martinique at 14:10 local time, 16 days after the start of the Atlantic Odyssey II in La Palma. They are the first yacht of …

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Taking on Drifter Buoys For the Pacific Ocean

Before the Blue Planet Odyssey start on 10 January, ten drifter buoys were loaded onto yachts in Key West, Florida, as part of the Odyssey science program, ready for deployment in the Pacific Ocean.

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Blue Planet Odyssey Update: So where are they?

As the southern part of the Blue Planet Odyssey gets well and truly underway, we will be bringing you regular updates from the boats – extracts from their blogs, photos, and any other news we …

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Last Atlantic Odyssey Boat Arrives Safely

Cocojet III has arrived safely in Le Marin in Martinique after a dramatic crossing that saw skipper Nicholas Hauzy having to be taken off the boat in the middle of the ocean after severely …

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Northwest Passage Bird Sightings - Final Tally

Birds on iceberg

As part of the Sail the Odyssey science program, during our 2014 summer voyage to Greenland and the Canadian High Arctic with the Blue Planet Odyssey, we tried to photograph …

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Colourful start to the Atlantic Odyssey

Spinnakers and Parasails flying, the 34 Atlantic Odyssey yachts crossed the start line off Arrecife bound for Martinique some 2700 miles away.

Although Sephina, an Australian Lagoon 400, crossed the line first, she was a …

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Lanzarote: Safety demonstration in the marina

Atlantic Odyssey sailors and Arrecife residents were treated to a dramatic display today of a helicopter visit, simulated rescue from a small boat and a liferaft inflation and demonstration. As well as entertainment, this was …

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Calero Family Put On Party For Sailors

On Thursday evening the Calero family welcomed sailors from cruising yachts in both Marina Lanzarote and Puerto Calero to join them for their annual party in Puerto Calero.

‘Where else in the …

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Atlantic Odyssey Sailors Warm Hearts

Antonio Pasquale of Om organised a group of Atlantic Odyssey sailors to go enjoy an Italian Sunday lunch at the El Principe restaurant in Arrecife.

The children helped out in the restaurant kitchen beforehand with …

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Seminars in Arrecife Underway

Following on from the success of the seminar program at last year’s Atlantic Odyssey, again all sailors in Marina Lanzarote, whether part of the event or not, were invited to participate in a range …

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