The Challenge 67 yacht Oceans of Hope arrived in Boston, MA on Monday, September 8, after sailing across the Atlantic Ocean from Lisbon, Portugal to complete the first transoceanic stage of the historic first global circumnavigation by a crew of people with multiple sclerosis (MS). In warm sunshine and a light easterly breeze, a large crowd was on the dock at the Marina at Rowes Wharf to greet the crew.
Oceans of Hope is a Sailing Sclerosis project created to change the perception of MS by showing what is possible when people with a chronic disease are empowered to conquer their individual challenges. Oceans of Hope embarked from her homeport of Copenhagen, Denmark on June 15, visiting several cities in Europe before her transatlantic passage. From Boston, the crew will sail down the eastern seaboard of the USA, stopping in New York, NY on November 11 and Fort Lauderdale, FL December 5 - 9. The crew will then sail through the Caribbean and Panama Canal, across the Pacific Ocean to Australia, on to South Africa and Brazil, and then back to Europe, returning to Copenhagen in November 2015.
Crew positions are still available throughout the voyage for sailors with MS who want to help make history and take part in the adventure of a lifetime. The berths are free, although sailors need to contribute to food on board and pay for travel to and from ports where they can join and leave the yacht. For more information, visit sailing-sclerosis.com/oceans-of-hope.