Participants in the Atlantic Odyssey were joined by other sailors preparing to cross the Atlantic at a three-day seminar held at Real Club Nautico de Arrecife.
The subjects ranged from the tactics of a transatlantic passage, given by Jimmy Cornell, to dealing with medical emergencies at sea, held by Dr Nick Carter, downwind sails by Tomas Wibberenz (Parasailor) to the threat of piracy explained by Klaus Hympendahl. Martin Kramp, of JCOMMOPS (Joint Technical Commission of the World Meteorological Organisation), made a presentation of the various oceanographic projects run by this United Nations organisation.
He also gave details of the drifter buoys project, of which four will be deployed during the Atlantic crossing by yachts sailing in the Atlantic Odyssey. This is a first for an organised event for cruising sailors, and will be expanded on a wider scale in the Blue Planet Odyssey and other events run by Cornell Sailing.
A comment from someone who has been attending all the seminars in Arrecife:
We have been really spoilt by having Jimmy Cornell at the marina and being able to attend the seminars he has put on for his inaugural Atlantic Odyssey Rally. We now have loads of information we just need time to digest it!