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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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SUBJECT: RE: Odyssey Journal - December 2017 - ignore the prior versions Happy late Birthday Sent from Mail for Windows 10 ________________________________ From: Odyssey''s Journal (www.odyssey5546.net) Sent: Saturday, December 9, 2017 2:00:10 PM To: jeffreyjohnson1467@[...] Subject: Odyssey Journal - December 2017 - ignore the prior versions

 jeffreyjohnson1467  12/19/2017

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What a fantastic updating post, Don & Nancy! Glad to hear that all is continuing well! So much for long-range plans, we make them & God Laughs!!! Here’s to flexibility into the New Year & ongoing as you fill & drain that “bucket list”!!! Merry Christmas! All the best, Patty (& Vinnie & Roxanne, too!).

 h2otreader  12/11/2017

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SUBJECT: Re: Odyssey Journal - December 2017 - ignore the prior versions Merry Christmas to you both. We look forward to seeing you here in Sarasota!!! Safe travels. Don

 dwmacaulay  12/11/2017

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SUBJECT: Re: Odyssey Journal - December 2017 - ignore the prior versions Don & Nancy, Welcome home. Thanks for the rest of the story. Enjoyed following you on your Great trip. Have a Merry Christmas. Hope to see you all in January. Tom & Helga

 motredzap  12/10/2017

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SUBJECT: Re: Odyssey Journal - December 2017 - ignore the prior versions Don and Nancy, Merry Christmas And a wonderful Holiday to you both. Sounds like you are in a great area to Celebrate the holiday. We hear New Years Eve there is really great! We look forward to our cruise and then the kids here on New Years. Will be nice to see you once you are back in Sarasota, look forward in in making a plan at this end! Take good care much happiness and good health in 2018 Hugs Sharon n Frank > On Dec 9, 2017, at 1:58 PM, Odyssey''s Journal (www.odyssey5546.net) wrote: > >

 thesharbear1  12/9/2017

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SUBJECT: Re: Odyssey Journal - December 2017 - ignore the prior versions Looks like you had a wonderful time in Europe. Loved your posts. I have a friend who lost his 56foot Great Alexander in Maine last month. He is looking at a 46 Nordhavwn. I would like to put him in touch with you. Possible? Sent from my iPhone Rick Bischoff (305) 812-1043 Rbischoff3@[...] > On Dec 9, 2017, at 2:00 PM, Odyssey''s Journal (www.odyssey5546.net) wrote: > >

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SUBJECT: Re: Odyssey Journal - December 2017 - ignore the prior versions > Hi Don, Very interesting reading your blog regarding your current situation. We were wondering what had happened as hadn''t seen anything from yourself and Nancy since you got to Amsterdam. It''s a pity that you haven''t stayed in Europe so we could meet up somewhere. We are presently in Australia till end of January. After a couple of weeks in Cornwall we are going to Breckenridge skiing and then will be in Florida, Boca Raton and Fort Myers so perhaps we can meet for a beer. Glad everything safe with you all. Best wishes for Xmas and the New Year, David & Pippa.

 dsboardman  12/9/2017

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SUBJECT: Re: Odyssey Journal - December 2017 - ignore the prior versions All sounds very exciting —- flexibility a must!!! Don- I have your charts which helped me make my memorable trip to Maine- I can leave them with Winnie mid January- thanks much! Richard Richard K.M. McCaffery President McCaffery & Company 1800 Second Street Suite 853 Sarasota, Florida 34236 Office: 941-366-1733 Mobile: 941-685-3092 www.mccafferyandcompany.com > On Dec 9, 2017, at 2:00 PM, Odyssey''s Journal (www.odyssey5546.net) wrote: > >

 rkmm  12/9/2017

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SUBJECT: Re: Odyssey Journal - December 2017 - ignore the prior versions How wonderful it all sounds Have a great Christmas We miss you in Sarasota! XXOO Jane and Jeff ________________________________ From: Odyssey''s Journal (www.odyssey5546.net) Sent: Saturday, December 9, 2017 12:00:11 PM To: jterrelljohnson2@[...] Subject: Odyssey Journal - December 2017 - ignore the prior versions

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