The crew of MY Sustainable Solutions has now been living ashore for many years but we are no landlubbers and with many ocean miles under our keel we keep a keen eye on what
is happening at sea. We would like to draw your attention to an important event.
The Blue Planet Odyssey is a three year round the world sailing rally for cruising yachts. The first participants will set sail from London on July 20 where the rally is scheduled to finish in July 2017. It is an epic voyage that will be undertaken with the specific aim to raise awareness of the global effects of climate change.
Blue Planet Odyssey is the brainchild of cruising icon Jimmy Cornell, who has sailed 200,000 miles in all oceans of the world since he launched his first Aventura in July 1974. He has completed three circumnavigations and made voyages to Antarctica, Alaska and Spitsbergen. During his four decades long cruising career Cornell has visited countless isolated island communities in all oceans of the world.
Climate change is a reality that can no longer be denied and like few others Cornell has witnessed how several populations and places are already being impacted by the increasingly noticeable effects of climate change such as the melting of the Arctic icecap and the rising sea levels that result in loss of land in low-lying Pacific islands.
In contrast to the sailing races such as the Volvo Ocean Race and the Vendée Globe that follow the fastest possible route around the world by making use of the strong westerly winds in the roaring forties of the southern ocean, the routes of the Blue Planet Odyssey have been chosen to take advantage of the prevailing easterlies in the more temperate zones.
Most participants are expected to follow the traditional southern trade wind path around the world but some of the routes do pass through the least travelled parts of the oceans and include stops or detours to areas where the effects of climate change are already affecting the lives of their populations such as Tuvalu in the Pacific and the Maldives in the Indian Ocean. Significantly one option is the transit of the Northwest Passage over the Americas, which has only recently been judged sufficiently safe to sail through.
During the Blue Planet Odyssey’s three-year span the participants will gather environmental data and transmit these to oceanographic institutes and research centers. During stopovers they will engage in educational programs and community projects. For more details on the rally including the route map, please visit blueplanetodyssey.com.
With the extreme conditions of the BPO in mind Jimmy Cornell had a new aluminum 45 footer built that was specifically designed for both high latitude and tropical sailing and was launched only a few weeks ago. http://www.garcia-yachting.com/site/voilier.php?id=39
Aventura IV has just completed her maiden voyage and a few days ago she arrived in the Orkney Islands http://www.cruisingworld.com/blogs/blog/scottish-landfall
From our temporary anchorage on the Island of the Gods MYSS wishes all BPO participants favorable winds and a superbly safe voyage.
8°38’45”S – 115°06’49”E Blue Planet