Crewed by People with Multiple Sclerosis Oceans of Hope Sails from Portsmouth

Oceans of Hope has departed from Portsmouth at the start of the next stage of the first global circumnavigation by a crew of people with multiple sclerosis.
Oceans of Hope is part of a project that aims to change the perceptions of life after a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS).
It will see the first circumnavigation by a crew of people with MS who will not only broaden their own horizons by realising that they still have the potential to achieve great things despite their condition, but will also inspire others in similar situations.
The voyage will focus not on what can’t be done but what they can do.
The route will take Oceans of Hope, a Challenge 67 yacht, from her home port of Copenhagen, through Europe and across the Atlantic Ocean to Boston, USA, where she will take centre stage at the ACTRIMS/ECTRIMS conference in September 2014.

From there the crew will sail down the eastern seaboard of the USA, through the Caribbean and Panama Canal, across the Pacific Ocean to Australia, on to South Africa and Brazil, and then back to Europe, with the final stage of the voyage home to Copenhagen.