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Odyssey anchored in Belfast, Maine

Odyssey anchored in Belfast, Maine

 2017 Float Plan

Our 2017 Float Plan begins with a 4,000 mile voyage to Cork, Ireland departing Sarasota the beginning of May. Captain Jim Mobley will be joining us aboard for the crossing helping us with mechanical and cosmetic maintenance, navigational planning and watch keeping while underway. Our goal is to have Odyssey fully prepared to depart from Palm Beach by May 1st, and we will get under way at the first acceptable weather window thereafter.

The first leg is the 250 mile journey to the East Coast of Florida to Palm Beach Gardens where we will spend a week with final system inspections at James Knight’s Yacht Tech, who will already have preformed significant mechanical, electrical and cosmetic maintenance and new installations during the months of December and January.

The Second Leg is 880 miles from West Palm Beach to Bermuda, which will take under 6 days. We will stop in Bermuda to refuel in St. Georges, insure the weather for the next leg is acceptable and do whatever maintenance may be necessary.

The Third Leg is a 1,700 mile run from Bermuda to the Azores, which will take about 10 days. This is the longest leg of the trip, but typically the calmest, with average seas less than 4’. Again we will stop to refuel in Horta, insure the weather for the next leg is acceptable and do whatever maintenance may be necessary.

The Fourth Leg is a 1,200 mile run from the Azores to Cork, Ireland which should take about 7 days. As we head North the sky’s will get greyer, and we will move into the westerly’s with higher seas. June is the best time of year to make this trip and average seas will be about 5’, but higher in inclement weather. Nothing Odyssey cannot comfortably transit.

We have reservations to spend two weeks or so with Odyssey moored at the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven, Ireland, which is the oldest yacht club in the world! Nancy and I plan to take a road tour of Ireland. While I spent many years in Ireland in business, there is much of the island I have never seen, and of course I am looking forward to the opportunity to visit old friends and colleagues in Castlebar and Dublin.

I find that float plans change on a regular basis for many reasons: Weather, Maintenance, or simply liking a place and deciding to stay longer than planned. So while we don ‘t have firm plans at this time, it is possible that from Crosshaven we will cruise along the southern and eastern coasts of Ireland and cross the Irish Sea to Scotland. We might moor for 10 days and take a 7-day road trip exploring the interior of England, Scotland and Wales before transiting the 26 locks of the Caledonian Canal, through Loch Ness to the East Coast of Scotland arriving in the beginning of August.

From here we might make a two-day passage across the Irish Sea to the West Coast of Norway and spend the first two weeks of August visiting the Fiords and working our way along the South Coast to Oslo. We could spend a week moored in Oslo exploring and then take a 10 cruise down the coast to Copenhagen, Denmark. The Danish Archipelago which consists of over five hundred islands, so there are many harbors to stop and explore!

Again we could take a week to explore the local area while moored in Copenhagen before beginning our 21-day cruise to Amsterdam through the Kiel Canal.

We plan to arrive at the new Amsterdam Marina www.amsterdammarina.com on October 1st where we will lay over for the winter.

We expect to return to the states for the Holidays and then, having Odyssey as our base, explore Western Europe by train in the early spring before departing for our next adventure

Don & Nancy

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Odyssey Journal - December 2017

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From our Family to yours - We wish you a very Merry Christmas with hopes for a Peaceful and Prosperous New Year! They say that Cruising Float Plans are written in sand, and ours has been affected by a series of tidal flows for sure!  When we sold our home in Sarasota last November, our intention was to set off on a 2-3 year cruise of Northern Europe and the Mediterranean.  But then...we found the house of our dreams in Nancy’s home town and there was a powerful draw to spend the coming summers ...
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Odyssey-Journal---Appologies

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Sorry that you received multiple copies of the blog yesterday! Talkspot's server was down and when it came back on line my multiple attempts to get the blog posted all went through. Don...
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Odyssey-Journal---Norway---August-20--2017

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On August 7th, with an excellent weather window at hand, we bid Scotland, the land of Wallace and Castles, farewell.   The Wallace Monument and views from the Top overlooking the sight of the Battle of Sterling Bridge   and Stirling Castle  birthplace of Mary Queen of Scotts.  Stirling Castle is remarkable and changed my perception of Medieval Castles being dark and dreary places!  It is being fully restored to its original opulence at the time of Mary’s birth.  The ceiling of the kings bedroo...
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Odyssey-Journal---July-24--2017

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We crossed over from Northern Ireland to Scotland on July 14th and met up with James and Jennifer Hamilton aboard their 52’ Nordhavn Dirona.  They have spent the past five years cruising the world from their home port in Seattle, Washington to Australia, South Africa, the Caribbean north to Labrador and crossed over to Ireland directly from Newport, RI at the same time we puddle jumped from Florida via Bermuda and the Azores.  We have followed their travels on their excellent website MVDirona.co...
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Odyssey-Journal---July-11--2017---Belfast--Ireland

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After spending a number of wonderful summers in Belfast, Maine, and reading Rick Steve’s rather negative reviews of Belfast, Ireland, we are pleasantly surprised with our sojourn to this part of Ireland.  We arrived at the “Self Service” marina.     No employees, and an automatic ticket machine where you pay for your dockage, get a combination to the electronic gate and can buy magnetic striped tickets to put in to the power port for shore power to buy electricity for the boat!  The fee for thr...
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Odyssey-Journal--July-9--2017

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We departed Waterford and worked our way around the the East Coast of Ireland and anchored off the shore of Wexford.  Low tide, and no place to go ashore we had a quiet and delightful evening on the hook just of the coast.  The following morning we went on to Dun Laoghaire, on the south side of Dublin.  This is a huge man made harbour built in the 1800s, just over 1/2 mile wide and probably 80’ (over low tide = -20’) high breakwaters with roads and foot paths along the interior!  The lifeboat s...
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