This years Challenge in Croatia had participants from 14 countries, aged from 19 to seventy. A truly representative fleet.
Our week in Croatia had a terrific atmosphere with some incredible people with MS. As someone who's life is compromised less than most, it is amazing to have witnessed such courage and perseverance from so many people.Sailing to most of us is out of our comfort zone anyway. However to people with a chronic illness this leap into the unknown brought about a spirit of normality back into people's lives.
Each Challenge has incredible stories of effort and courage from participants. People who come have made a commitment to themselves to have a go. How ever magnificent or mundane that effort is, it is recognised and embraced by all involved. Each day we saw people challenge their own limits and embrace their fears like it was normal life again.
"I did something that my fears told me I couldn't"
"They should prescribe sailing on the NHS! "
We even had a big party hosted by D-Marin at Marina Madalina, Sibenik where everyone could let their hair down and dance through the night!
After a safe and successful Oceans of Hope Challenge in the spring of 2017, we are currently developing the Challenge culture. Our next Challenge happened this summer with a tall ship Challenge this July on the west coast of Scotland.
We also are now involved in training too!
This October we have three events, each one a week long RYA training events for those crew who want to develope and maybe one day be one of our skippers!
This is a great opportunity to broaden sailing experience along with other people with MS.