Odyssey adventures

Vessel Name: Odyssey
Vessel Make/Model: Dudley Dix 38
Crew: Liz & Liam
About: An Irish ships captain and Welsh/Chinese accountant, after quiting our jobs we have decided to embark on our adventure aboard our 38ft steel yacht before Liz reaches 30.
We acquired Odyssey in October 2014 in the UK. She has been sitting at Haslar marina all winter where we have been preparing for our 18 month voyage. Our plan is to join the ARC+ rally departing the Canaries in November, heading to St. Lucia via Cape Verdes. From there we plan on spending a few [...]
01 May 2016
15 April 2016
28 January 2016
09 January 2016
07 November 2015
07 October 2015
25 September 2015
22 September 2015 | Canaries
20 September 2015
23 August 2015
05 August 2015
30 July 2015 | Galicia
25 July 2015 | A Coruna
25 July 2015 | Brittany
25 July 2015
25 July 2015
12 July 2015 | Penzance
Recent Blog Posts
09 May 2016

Anchorages of the Virgin Islands

We have had a jolly ol' time in the British and US Virgin Islands and here are some, but not all, of our favourite anchorages there. Easy sailing with the next island barely an hour away. Watch out for the inexperienced charter boat, of which there are plenty in the BVIs. Turtles in every bay, swimming [...]

01 May 2016

Jack's story

“Did a car just pull up?” I looked around. The roads were empty, just a couple of bars, their light spilling out onto the beach, illuminating small waves, lapping lacklustre on the white sand. No cars. “We’re right next to the customs office”. I looked around. How many ferry terminals could [...]

15 April 2016

Fay's story

12 Dec – 26 Dec

28 January 2016

Antigua and Monserrat


09 January 2016

Windward Caribbean islands

Woken by a rooster crowing, the sounds of waves lapping on a beach and the intermittent whirring of the wind turbine. We've been cruising the Caribbean for a month now and still quite a few islands to visit.

Claire's story

20 September 2015
A guest blogger, Claire, who joins us from Benelmadena to Gibraltar.

After four days of partying hard in Villa Montana, Liz, Liam, Shane and myself boarded Odyssey. I thought by 6pm my hangover would have gone…I was wrong. Within around 20 minutes of getting onto the boat, I rudely interrupted Liam’s health and safety chat to ask whether I was allowed to be sick off the side of the boat. A great start! We headed out that evening for a taste of Spain’s culinary delights and got a Chinese. Hangovers still not gone, we struggled with the excess amount of food ordered. Anyway, first night on the boat! Apart from not being able to sleep for fear of dying (hangover still very much alive and kicking), I felt more well-rested the next day. Even Shane’s snoring wasn’t too bad (gotta love earplugs)!

The next morning we set off towards Estepona. Liz knocked up a treat of noodles, mackerel and frankfurter sausages - a combination well worth trying out (I just had the noodles, hangover left me at around 4pm). There wasn’t much wind so annoyingly we couldn’t ‘sail’, but I had fun trying to steer the boat and seeing the fins of two dolphins. We spent the night in Estepona and ate some amazing seafood - the octopus salad was top notch. One thing I really struggled with was getting on and off the boat. It’s really difficult! Mild panic every time without fail, and I’m someone with long limbs!

The next day we set off for Gibraltar. The sea was so calm. Shane got out the old fishing line but sadly, we didn’t attract any fish. That night we took a look around Gibraltar and sampled some of the ‘nightlife’ scene - after ordering one round of drinks I think we all pretty much had at least one complaint to make (pint of beer not full enough, chipped glass etc); it was a fine establishment. The next day was Gibraltar’s National Day! Everywhere looked like a scene of an EDL march - I know Gibraltar is British but all you see everywhere are English flags. We had a look at the National Day schedule and decided that the Political Rally seemed right up our street, so we joined the crowds for that. What a site! I’m still not sure how I feel about the locals of Gibraltar. We had some interesting chats about it and whichever way we put it, we sounded like complete snobs.

After mildly embracing National Day (i.e. getting a photo with a drunk local), we decided to really 'go hard' on the cultural side. We climbed what can only be described as a mountain in the scorching sunlight. We saw some interesting historical bits and bobs, and took a photo of Liz being whipped by a fake human. After a while the walking became too much, and Liam, Liz and I retreated to get some good ol' fish and chips. Shane put us to shame and carried on, inevitably seeing monkeys - Sod’s law.
In the evening we caught glimpses of the air show and went in search of the fireworks. We walked for ages to get to the ‘good spot’ (just behind Morrisson’s for those that are interested), and once we got there, they were some of the best fireworks we’d all ever seen! That was my last night on the boat. Liam and Liz sure were great hosts, I didn’t have to make a cup of tea once and they knocked up the best late-night noodles.

Thanks guys for putting up with my lack of practical expertise (never did master that knot...) and general incapabilities. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience for me and I wish you all best for the rest of your trip. BIG LOVE.

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