Planned to take place over 5 years, the Odyssey will journey to diverse areas of interest, with the goal of advancing scientific research on the ocean’s delicate ecological balance. Three major zones of scientific relevance were selected, and combined with international events for stop overs.

The Race for Water stop overs will be occasions to gather scientists and decision-makers, to bring forth debates, promote exchanges and sharing on the need to preserve our most precious ressource – the ocean.

Previsional Map of the Race for Water Odyssey 2017-2021.
First stopover : Bermuda

Dates:  From May 23 to July 7, 2017

Place: Bermuda

Ocean zone: Atlantic Ocean – Sargasso Sea

Scientific Program : EPHEMARE and WEATHER-MIC (Link to the relevant blog pages)

Event: America’s Cup


The America’s Cup is one of the oldest sports competitions still held today and will celebrate its 35th edition in Bermuda this June 2017. Since its inception in 1887 around the Isle of Wight, the rules of this nautical duel have remained substantially the same. The Defender and title-holder, has his title at stake in each edition. It organizes the regattas and edits the rules of the game. A sporting competition coupled with a strong technological challenge, the America’s Cup is the theater of impressive advances in sailing technologies.

More information:

Official site of the America’s Cup

Groupama Team France


2nd stopover : Cuba

Dates : From July 19 to August 8, 2017

Place : La Havane

Ocean zone : océan Atlantique – mer des Caraïbes

Scientific program : WEATHER-MIC




3rd stopover : Dominican Republic

Dates : From August 23 to September 10, 2017

Place : Santo Domingo

Ocean zone : Atlantic ocean – Carribean Sea





4th stopover : Guadeloupe

Dates : From September 21 2017 to January 27, 2018

Place : Pointe-à-Pitre

Ocean zone : Atlantic ocean – Carribean Sea

Programme scientifiques : EPHEMARE




5th stopover : Panama

Dates : From February 19 to 27, 2018

Place : Panama channel – Panama City

Ocean zone : Atlantic ocean – Pacific ocean




6th stopover : Peru

Dates : From March 15 to May 19, 2018

Place : Lima

Ocean zone: Pacific zone




7th stopover : Chile

Dates : From June 5 to June 17, 2018

Place : Valparaiso

Dates : From June 20 to July 29, 2018

Place : Concepciòn

Ocean zone : Pacific ocean