Countdown to the Blue Planet Odyssey Rally!

Crews are rushing to finalize preparations for Jimmy Cornell’s Blue Planet Odyssey departure on Saturday, January 10, 2015.

In the final days before the planned January, 10, 2015, departure of Jimmy Cornell's Blue Planet Odyssey, crews were busy with final preparations at Stock Island Marina, near Key West, Florida. For boats in the Caribbean, there is another departure from Martinique on January 18. The Odyssey will be stopping at some of the places on the planet most affected by climate change during the roughly 18-month circumnavigation.

Unlike other rallies, Odyssey crews will be participating in meteorological and oceanographic studies by collecting and transmitting data during their travels. In amongst other preparations this week, Monday’s big event was a NOAA seminar presentation giving the boats the scientific instruments they’ll deploy as they cross the Pacific Ocean.  All the boats are scurrying to find a place to stow the scientific instruments.

Learn more about the Blue Planet Odyssey and track the progress of the boats at http://cornellsailing.com/sail-the-odyssey/blue-planet-odyssey/

Blue Planet Odyssey
Blue Planet Odyssey
Blue Planet Odyssey flags flutter in the breeze aboard the Odyssey rally boats.Jan Irons
Aventura
Aventura
Jimmy Cornell's latest Aventura - A Garcia Exploration 45Jan Irons
Blue Planet Odyssey
Blue Planet Odyssey
Anne Posner accepts the NOAA weather instrument to be stowed aboard Joyful, a Wauquiez Pilot House 40 to be deployed as they cross the Pacific Ocean.Jan Irons
Blue Planet Odyssey
Blue Planet Odyssey
Benjamin Riddle, Gypsie, an Irwin 52, is making sure all the laundry is done and ready for departure. Gypsie may not depart until later due to last minute complications, but they're making preparations just in case everything falls into place for them for Saturday.Jan Irons
Blue Planet Odyssey
Blue Planet Odyssey
Ransom with Tim and Ceci King taking a break after loading their NOAA scientific buoy on their 39 year old 49' Hinckley Ketch.Jan Irons
Blue Planet Odyssey
Blue Planet Odyssey
Chapter Two's crew, John Hardy, reorganizing to distribute weight on the Lagoon 44 owned by Pat and Janet Hayes.Jan Irons
Blue Planet Odyssey
Blue Planet Odyssey
Food, food and more food being loaded aboard all the boats and stowed for the initial legs of the journey, stopping in Jamaica and then on to the San Blas Islands in Panama before transiting the Panama Canal in mid-February.Jan Irons
Blue Planet Odyssey
Blue Planet Odyssey
Gusto's multiple headsails and sails await stowage to where they'll live underway.Jan Irons
Blue Planet Odyssey
Blue Planet Odyssey
Chapter Two at Stock Island Marina Village in Key West, preparing for a Saturday departure for Jimmy Cornell's Blue Planet Odyssey round the world rally.Jan Irons
Blue Planet Odyssey
Blue Planet Odyssey
Steve Kauffman, crew on Joyful, installed a new windvane steering system in preparation for long passages across the Pacific.Jan Irons
Blue Planet Odyssey
Blue Planet Odyssey
Jeff Posner, owner, and Steve Kauffman, crew, on Joyful sort through a myriad of spare parts in preparation for their upcoming adventure.Jan Irons
Blue Planet Odyssey
Blue Planet Odyssey
Janet and Pat Hayes, aboard Chapter Two, a Lagoon 450 catamaran, are busy inventorying spare parts and provisions so they know where everything is located once they get underway.Jan Irons
Blue Planet Odyssey
Blue Planet Odyssey
Crew, John Hardy, also aboard Chapter Two, is still stowing and redistributing weight in anticipation of Saturday's departure.Jan Irons
Blue Planet Odyssey
Blue Planet Odyssey
Frustration aboard the Atlantic 42 catamaran, No Regrets.  Bill Hickson and Zeke Holland regroup after finding one of their diesels and both sail drives need more attention than could be absorbed at the dock. The boat was hauled Tuesday morning and the crew is scrambling to get parts and be ready for Saturday's departure.Jan Irons
Blue Planet Odyssey
Blue Planet Odyssey
No Regrets' unhappy saildrive.Jan Irons
Blue Planet Odyssey
Blue Planet Odyssey
No Regrets' empty compartment where a diesel engine is supposed to live …Jan Irons
Blue Planet Odyssey
Blue Planet Odyssey
No Regrets' Zeke Holland is concerned but the three owners are working as fast as they can to get ready to go.Jan Irons
Blue Planet Odyssey
Blue Planet Odyssey
Dick Bower aboard Gusto attaches his Blue Planet Odyssey number.Jan Irons
Blue Planet Odyssey
Blue Planet Odyssey
Janet Hayes, Sue Wallace, Cici King, Doina Cornell and Daphne Lyman are all smiles after the Women & Cruising Seminar put on by Doina Cornell.Jan Irons
Blue Planet Odyssey
Blue Planet Odyssey
The Harlow family is back from taking their daughter to college … here are Norman, Martin, Miro and Claudia on TahawusJan Irons
Blue Planet Odyssey
Blue Planet Odyssey
Dressing the boats begins - a competition ensues to see which boat can be first — won by Gypsie, Benjamin Riddle and Joseph Richardson.Jan Irons
Blue Planet Odyssey
Blue Planet Odyssey
Tahawus with Norman, Martin, Miro and Claudia Harlow provisioning with the first of many trips with the dock cart.Jan Irons
Blue Planet Odyssey
Blue Planet Odyssey
Benjamin Riddle and Joseph Richardson aboard Gypsie looking forward to the upcoming adventure.Jan Irons
Blue Planet Odyssey
Blue Planet Odyssey
All the Odyssey boats moved together onto the front dock Wednesday.  Here's Gusto with Captain Dick Bower.Jan Irons
Blue Planet Odyssey
Blue Planet Odyssey
Tim & Cici King’s 39-year-old Hinckley ketch will be the oldest boat in the Blue Planet Odyssey Rally.Jan Irons
Blue Planet Odyssey
Blue Planet Odyssey
Wednesday afternoon the Odyssey boats began dressing with international signal flags and it adds quite the festive air to the marina!Jan Irons
Blue Planet Odyssey
Blue Planet Odyssey
Ann and Jeff Posner reorganizing Joyful for the move to the front dockJan Irons