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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--July-9--2017

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 service in Ireland is all volunteer, not supported by the government but by private donations, but more on that later!

 
 
 
 
 
 
This is one of the wooden 12’ dinghy’s which are the very first “One Design” sailboats every built, and were built there in Dun Laoghaire (Pronounced DunLeary) which are still raced here with enthusiasm!

 
 
 
 
It is an easy tram ride into Dublin from Dun Laoghaire, and we spent another day exploring the city as tourists with the requisite "Selfie Photos", tour bus and all..!  The days highlight for me was a visit and tour of Old Kilmainham Goal (jail) which I had always wanted to see since meeting Jim McCann who wrote the song “Grace” before it became the #1 song in Ireland in the mid 80s. It is a true story of Grace Gifford, (wife of Joseph Plunkett who was married in the Goal, and later became a prisoner….  Listen to the song and read her history!

 
 
 
 
On the morning of July 7th we woke up with the intention of heading up the East Coast of Ireland to Belfast.  We had a couple of stops planned along the way, none of which seemed particularly outstanding, and since this morning SUMMER arrived, and it was a beautiful day with flat calm seas and no wind we headed off the the Isle of Man!  Inhabited before 6,500 BC so we figured there must be something there worthwhile!

And there was!  Nancy found the Marks & Spencer grocery store AND Swarovski Jewelry Store!  But also some great scenery in Douglas Town.

 
 
If we had the video on when I took this photo we could have shared the live boat roaring down the tracks and plunging into the harbor headed out on a "May Day" Rescue Mission!  Once they stabilized they raised the radar and radio antennas and headed out toward England.  The Life Boats here in on the Isle of Mann, and the Republic of Ireland have a great history, and we are happy to donate to their work!

Douglas is a neat place.  We anchored just of the Castle of Refuge

 
 
 
 
and went ashore to enjoy the day!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
and of course Nancy had to try to call Home!

 
 
Meanwhile the girls are getting along famously!  
 
 
From here we headed up the coast to the tip of the island for an early start this morning.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
with tidal currents that had moving over 11 Knots!!

 
 
By ancient City Gates 
 
 
and more beautiful lighthouses!

 
 
 
 
With Really Big Fog Horns!!

 
 
And now we are in Belfast, Ireland (not Maine this time) where they are assembling giant Wind Generators at the harbor entrance!

 
 
and shipping the blades on Purpose built ships 
 
 
While we promote the reincarnation of coal?    …..  

Oh yea, they still have a huge Coal Depot just further down the harbor… just didn’t take a photo…. too ugly...

Fair Winds and Following Seas!

Don & Nancy

Current Blog Article: Odyssey-Journal--July-9--2017

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SUBJECT: RE: Odyssey-Journal--July-9--2017 Thank you so much for sending us your wonderful travel journal! I just love reading all the things you are doing! Hugs from Sarasota, Nathalie and Nigel From: Odyssey''s Journal (www.odyssey5546.net) [mailto:blogcomments-BCHH3@[...]] Sent: Sunday, July 09, 2017 4:26 PM To: nathaliem@v... Subject: Odyssey-Journal--July-9--2017

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