Press Releases


Here at the "Press Releases" section of the Eco-Odyssey website, you can take a glimpse into how the foundation was conceived, and what motivated Eco-Odyssey's founders, Ollie Olphert and Janot Prat, to nurture a special vision for our world environment.

Below are news articles and publications highlighting Olphert and Prat's expeditions with the legendary Sir Peter Blake, as well as their quest to continue Blake's efforts to conserve our environment and educate through adventure and exploration of our blue planet.



Ollie Olphert’s ocean life - Portal Magazine

"The ocean has been Ollie Olphert’s life for most of his 50-plus years, from paddling around the seaside as a kid, to diving in the depths off Britain or sailing in Antarctic waters.

When he’s onshore, he’s usually never far from the sea – at Aberdeen in Scotland, California, Virginia or Rhode Island in the US, on the Amazon River or at his Oakura home just out of New Plymouth..."

Read full article below!

"Blake's mate dreams of a bold adventure"

January 30, 2009

"Sir Peter Blake's spirit is always with Ollie Olphert and the Oakura man is determined to keep his former skipper's work alive.

Mr Olphert sailed the world with Sir Peter and was alongside him as second captain, first mate and lead diver during the ill-fated 2001 Seamaster voyage which ended when the legendary sailor and environmentalist was gunned down by pirates on the Amazon River."

To read the full article from the "Taranaki Daily News online" please click here: Read more


Ollie's Odyssey

"Today is the second anniversary of the death of New Zealand yachting legend and environmental advocate Sir Peter Blake. His former first mate, Ollie Olphert, lived in Taranaki for 10 years and is back in the region... "

Scroll down to view original articles highlighting some of Olphert's and Sir Peter Blake's expeditions as well as Olphert's future plans to carry on Blake's visions, hopes, and plans for our vulnerable environment...


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