Oceans of Hope Challenge Sailing Day in Dun Laoghaire

On April 10th, MS Ireland in conjunction with Oceans of Hope Challenge hosted the first “Introduction to Sailing” Day for people with MS in Dun Laoghaire. This was a wonderful opportunity for 8 lucky members of the Irish MS community to spend a day out in the Irish ocean learning all about sailing and themselves. 

We are delighted to announce there will be another "Introduction to Sailing Day" on the 8th of May and you are invited to apply to join them at the Irish National Sailing and Powerboat School (INSS.ie) in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin. This is an introductory course so all levels of experience welcome. 

To learn more about MS and sailing and apply for the sailing day please email info@oceansofhope.co.uk

Group of people at harbour in Dublin

This project was spearheaded by Kerryman, Stephen Fitzpatrick who sailed with Oceans of Hope on their Athens Challenge in Greece last year. An experience Stephen says transformed his life by spending time at sea and Stephen plans to run sailing days around the coast for people with the MS.

Mr Fitzpatrick, who is from Dublin but lives in Killorglin, Co Kerry, was diagnosed with MS five years ago. “The philosophy of the Oceans of Hope Challenge journey was simple: do what you can and take breaks whenever necessary. Everyone understood the individual challenges faced by participants”, he says, recalling how refreshing the experience was.

The sailing day was a great success with Robert Munns CEO of Oceans of Hope Challenge coming over for the first event in April. “It wasn’t until I got on the boat that I realised how locked in I was in my head, and how I wasn’t living my life to the full,“ Mr Munns recalls.

The British wing of Oceans of Hope which Mr Munns has established with Nicola Kaufman since then has held a number of sailing events for people with MS, initially in Turkey and Croatia and beyond. More information can be obtained at info@oceansofhope.co.uk