The Blue Planet Odyssey will involve community projects at endangered places

A

round-the-world sailing event will be setting sail in 2014 to raise awareness of the

global effects of climate change.

The

Blue Planet Odyssey is spearheaded by Jimmy Cornell, the founder of the

Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) and organiser of several other

international sailing rallies including five round-the-world events.

This

global sailing event will have starts in every continent and its

route will call at some of the most threatened islands in every

ocean: Tuvalu, Tokelau, Tuamotus, San Blas, Maldives, Micronesia,

Kiribati, Marshall, and Andaman Islands.

It

also aims to highlight the effects of climate change on the Arctic

icecap, the Great Barrier Reef, and nature reserves such as the

Galapagos Islands.

At

every stop at those endangered places, the sailors will take part in

community projects such as building wind and solar powered

desalination plants.

Participants

with specialist skills will take part in local projects and carry out

essential repair and maintenance work.

The

event will reach out to children worldwide by delivering books and

educational material to places en route where local schools will be

offered the opportunity to be twinned with schools in the country of

origin of the participants.

As

the route will pass through some of the least travelled parts of the

oceans, arrangements are being made for oceanographic institutes and

research centres to use this unique opportunity to receive

environmental data gathered by participants.

Throughout

their voyage, the sailors will take seawater samples and make

measurements to test for acidification, pollution, the depletion of

the plankton population, changes in temperature and salinity to

compare to previous data.

Participants

will be able to start and finish from a port on their own continent

or join the event at any point along its route.

The

Blue

Planet Odyssey will

sail westabout around the world along the classic trade wind route

via the Panama Canal and Torres Strait, although there will be other

more challenging route options available.

European

participants will start from London on 20 July 2014.

On

the way to the Canary Islands they will stop at several ports before

crossing the Atlantic to the Caribbean and will continue to Panama

and the Pacific Ocean.

The

main route will be joined at certain points by participants who have

started from New York, Miami, Vancouver, San Francisco, Rio de

Janeiro, Cape Town, Sydney and Shanghai.

Detours

will be made along the main route to call at endangered islands in

every ocean.

Participants

who wish to explore destinations that lie off the usual sailing

routes may join one of the suggested detours and rejoin the main

fleet at a later stage.

To

find out more, click here

or email info@blueplanetodyssey.com.

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