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/