They started in Copenhagen, sailed through Europe, and stopped in Bermuda. Now, the Oceans of Hope voyage will bring the crew to the United States, with Boston as the port-of-choice.
The Oceans of Hope project was created by the Sailing Sclerosis Foundation to inspire and empower the multiple sclerosis (MS) community. The journey brought together people living with MS, as well as crew members and doctors on this transoceanic passage.
Monday’s arrival in Boston will mark the first global circumnavigation by a crew that includes those living with multiple sclerosis. The boat will dock on Monday, September 8,th at The Marina at Rowes Wharf in downtown Boston, at approximately 1:30 p.m.
Susan Strachan is a Boston resident living with MS, who has joined the crew for this adventure. Her Oceans of Hope blog posts showed her enthusiasm for setting sail with others who share her condition and hail from different parts of the world.
“I was excited and nervous as I joined the Oceans of Hope crew as the tenth member and only American,’’ she wrote. “Although we all have different cultures and languages, we all share the love of sailing and the disease of multiple sclerosis. I knew this was going to be a once in a lifetime experience and was ready for the journey to begin!’’
The yacht took off from Copenhagen, Denmark on June 15 of this year. The crew then travelled throughout Europe, and Boston marks the beginning of the North American leg of the tour. The onward route will take in Canada, the eastern seaboard of the United States, as well as the Caribbean. The final journey will include South America and Australia.
Crew members remarked that they enjoyed their stop in Hamilton, Bermuda before Oceans of Hope turned Boston-bound.
“As we are enjoying our stay in Bermuda with beach time and local drinks, the crew is also preparing for the next and final leg of our Atlantic Crossing…The MS Society of Bermuda showed great interest among with many local sailors. It was a great success,’’ said Bertram Christensen, a fellow MS crew member, in a blog post earlier this week.
Bermuda is where Strachan joined the journey. Although Oceans of Hope will span the Globe, it allows sailors to join the crew at various ports. Throughout the journey, people of the MS community were able to come together.
“The positive message was profound and I look forward to many days exploring each personal MS story,’’ Strachan said. “Our journey is expanding the dreams for us along with others to know there is hope while living with MS.’’
This is exactly what the Sailing Sclerosis Foundation strives for in this endeavor.
“We want to tell the world that disability can be changed to ability, that we will never stop trying to improve life,’’ Oceans of Hope said in its mission statement. “We want to create quality of life and value through responsibility and commitment. Sailing around the world is just that: hard work, commitment and dependency upon each other working as a team’’