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.

The Canaries

07 October 2015
So after having a fabulous time at Villa Montana with family and friends for the 30th, we made our way to Gibraltar with Claire and Shane before waving farewell to Claire and continuing to the Canary Islands with Shane.

We waved off Shane in Arrecife after a night at anchor off the island of Graciosa and a couple nights in Marina Lanzarote, seeing Paul of Pisces again.

Just the two of us again as we let go the lines at Marina Lanzarote, destination Gran Canaria, 110 nautical miles away. We squeeze between the dock and the incoming cruise ship, Anthem of the Seas, on the way out and the rolling begins as the depth drops off from 10 metres to 2000 metres in the space of a mile.

We watch Shane's Ryanair flight take off as we pass by Lanzarote with Fuertaventura in the distance and it's cheese toasties and salad for lunch.

Our first night sail together for a while, taking turns on watch every time the other person gets tired. We get a good breeze and sail the whole journey under Genoa alone. Although we get overtaken by a yacht in the middle of the night, who comes a little too close for comfort, followed by the bright lights of Anthem of the Seas, lit up like a Christmas tree.

We make it to Las Palmas by 11am the next day, the first ever time we've arrived somewhere in the morning. After checking in and receiving our ARC pack from reception we get helped onto our berth with a gentle nudge from the marina rib and we've backed into our first berth. A warm welcome with beers from Paul, Jayne and Lily of Delphinus, who have baked chocolate brownies, all before midday.

It's sweltering out here and we enjoy a couple nights on the pontoon before saying goodbye to Delphinus again. The boat is lifted into the boat yard for an inspection of the test antifoul from International paint, a a few jobs doing as we fly back to Ireland and UK.

We take a nice holiday break from the boat, sleeping in actual beds that don't move, watching TV, having showers and not sweating immediately afterwards, having dinner cooked for us so we're almost dreading coming back to the work and cleaning waiting for us in the heat. A nice trip back to see the Irish relatives and then the Welsh relations and then watching the Wales v Fiji game at the Millennium Stadium.

We consider extending our flights and staying on a couple days to see a bit of London when the decision is taken out of our hands when we get stuck in traffic (haven't had this for a while) due to a jack knifed lorry and we miss our flight. A couple of nights in the old house in Brixton courtesy of the HOD, catching up with people and watching more rugby. Wouldn't have realised that I had a tax refund waiting for me if we hadn't have missed our flights so it all turned out for the better.

Back in Las Palmas, a couple days late, and they still haven't finished the jobs on the boat as Juan explains with his typical Spanish shrugging of the shoulders, so it's another couple nights in an apartment.
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