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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


Enjoying the up dates snd Nancy's wonderful pictures on facebook .. thanks  for sharing your journey as we are taking ours by on land by truck ??

Be safe!

 Wright  8/21/2017

Hi there

just a note, your comment section, white on light gray is very hard if not downright impossible to read, any chance you could darken the background a bit. Love reading about all your adventures.


 mhmoore  8/8/2017

Hi Don!

I've been following along since you left   Florida and just wanted to let you know  I'm enjoying your posts so much!!!

I'm living in North Miami Beach - had no idea you and Nancy were in West Palm  while the boat was being worked on!!!    

I would have driven up!

Wishing you safe travels and a wonderfuladventure! 

Best Wishes,

Leslie Joyce

 Leslie Joyce  5/23/2017

so happy to get your email.  How perfect, you get to see another Island on your adventure!! Stay safe you three and enjoy the ride!

 Jan  5/22/2017

<p>Don,</p><p>Just joined your amazing adventure. we'll look in daily. Thanks</p><p>Tim</p>

 tim  5/14/2017

Morning Don abdf Crew:

I hope ypur within sight of Bermuda by now and ready for all of those beers at Sizzles... Glad your crossing was good and we wish you well and have fun at the races  ....M&S

 Mike and Sanmdy  5/6/2017

Hi Don et al, Have a great trip and hope to meet up with you in Europe somewhere, sometime.

Best wishes from Cornwall, England.

David & Pippa.

 David Boardman  5/1/2017

safe travels my friends!!!!

 Phyllis & Jack Black  4/30/2017

Hi Don & Nancy, Great to see that you are almost ready "for the off". Have a great trip and we look forward to seeing you in the West Country of the UK if you make it or somewhere in Europe. Best wishes, David & Pippa.

 David Boardman  4/6/2017

We love to hear from you!

 Don Payzant  11/5/2016

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