Barbados 50 Education and Outreach Programme

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Barbados 50 Odyssey

The Barbados 50 Odyssey is an exciting sailing event taking place in 2016 to celebrate 50 years of Barbados Independence. Yachts sail from London in July 2016 to the Canary Islands and the Cape Verdes before crossing the Atlantic in time for the celebrations planned for the 50th anniversary of Barbados Independence.

The Blue Planet Odyssey round the world rally, which left the Caribbean early in 2015, is scheduled to arrive in Barbados in February 2017. This will be the first round the world event to finish in Barbados.

How can schools get involved?

Follow the event (July – November)

Track the yachts online

  • Track the yachts via the online tracking map.
  • Follow the daily Odyssey Logs as yachts report about life on board.
  • Exchange messages with sailors & families at sea.

A Warm Barbados Welcome (November/December)

Yacht visit

  • As the Barbados 50 yachts arrive in Barbados after two to three weeks at sea, just in time for the Independence Celebrations, meet the crews and visit the yachts after their memorable journey.

Partner Schools

Some of the yachts crossing the Atlantic have formed partnerships with local Barbados schools and are exchanging messages and questions during the crossing:


School                                                Boat
St. Ambrose Primary                          Laridae
Mount Tabor Primary                        Sameera
Boscobel Primary                                Maggie Drum
Blackman and Gollop Primary          Gorm den Gamle
St. Stephen’s Primary                          Sta Vast
St. Bartholomew Primary                   Sacre Bleu
St. Joseph Primary                               Bonaire


The Barbados 50 Schools programme is coordinated for Cornell Sailing Events by Doina Cornell and in Barbados by Rhonnelle Smith on behalf of the Sports Department of Barbados Tourism Marketing.

For more information


Barbados 50 is sponsored by

Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc.


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