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We achieve great things together - Blog by René

OoH Oct 22, 2015, by René de Jager in Yacht

A lot of thoughts crossed my mind as soon as I knew I was going to be onboard Oceans of Hope. I met Mikkel and Josh in Amsterdam last year and went on a taster sail together with other locals living with MS. On that day I made up my mind, that I was going to apply to join the circumnavigation. That I really wanted to do this. And now I am here.

I was very curious of what it was going to be like. I have never lived on a boat for such a long time. I am staying for a least 18 days. Also, I was a bit worried that I didn’t have enough sailing experience to cope with this rough part of the journey. But up until now, I think I do.

It meant a lot to me to start off this trip in Barcelona. I visit Barcelona every year and enjoy the city very much. This time, I am sailing back to Holland. There is something special about leaving sunny Barcelona knowing that you are now heading towards winter, darkness and cold. It is a long way and a great achievement.

A couple of days ago the Amsterdam marathon took place. Three people from my running group were participating. I was really excited when I got the message about their finishing times. Every weekend we go for a run of 10 kilometres. Afterwards we get together for coffee.

Running helps me clear my mind. I have finished five half marathons and other races after getting diagnosed with MS. You can do a lot of things as long as you do them together. That goes for sailing onboard Oceans of Hope as well, I think.

Report from Bosun Josefine:
After spending a couple of days in Porto preparing the boat for a small voyage on the Atlantic Ocean (and tasting some locally produced wine, of course), this morning it was time to leave Portugal. We are now heading towards the English Channel and expect some 4-5 days of sailing before going ashore in either France or UK. Up until now, the weather has treated us with sun, not too cold temperatures and an average windspeed of 10-15 knots from changing directions. The crew is doing well and we are prepared for what the Bay of Biscay may bring.  

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