Epic Challenge

For experienced participants looking for a significant challenge.

An Epic Challenge is an opportunity to really get out of your comfort zone and demonstrate that life has so many possibilities after diagnosis. These challenges will usually involve a longer passage on board an ocean-going yacht as part of a working crew of others with MS. Led by a professional crew, participants will be responsible for helping sail and navigate a particular route.

Most of our Epic Challenges are self funded by each participant. We may also ask participants to use this experience as a vehicle to support our fundraising through sponsorship.

crew of five sailors in orange life jackets at the helm of a yacht under a black canopy

What To Expect

Our Epic challenges offer a natural follow on for our more experienced sailors. The challenge will usually involve a longer journey and offshore sailing (out of sight of land) where you will sleep onboard the boat. These challenges are a great opportunity to escape from it all, build your confidence and widen your sailing experience.

  • Take an active part in navigation
  • Contribute to the delivery of the boat from A to B
  • Split into watch keeping teams alongside professional crew
  • You will be sailing at night and partaking in the watch system
  • More testing weather conditions and off-shore sailing

We recommend a little more experience for these challenges

A typical epic experience

You will be met by an Oceans of Hope Volunteer and taken to your boat. There will be plenty of time to meet other participants and chat over a cuppa.

  • Introduction to the Oceans of Hope experience
  • Introduction to Captain
  • Safety briefing and life jackets
  • Passage Planning and Navigation
  • Practise your sailing skills
  • Sleep onboard in a shared cabin
  • You will be divided into two teams (watches). In your watches, you’ll take it in turns to be involved in all aspects of sailing the Challenger from looking after her to cooking and cleaning

Challenge yourself and have fun!


Epic Challenge Schedule

Challenge 72 racing yacht viewed from above against a dark sea with a wake of white surf

Jurassic Coast Challenge, Gun Wharf Quay, Portsmouth

12-16 September 2022

5 days epic experience on board another of the famous Challenge 72 racing boats with our friends at Tall Ships Youth Trust.
With the help of a professional crew, we get a chance to experience very physical sailing on some of the most hardiest boats.
Experience of sailing and the ability to get involved is essential

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Eendracht in full sail on the ocean with a landscape of hills in the background

Eendracht, Rotterdam to the UK and back

August 22nd - 26th 2022 : Netherlands

This event is now full.

Dit evenement is nu vol.

Steinlager 2 under full sail with beautiful seas and blue sky and lots of our participants on the deck waving

Steinlager 2, Auckland New Zealand

28th November – 2nd December 2022

One way trip
Auckland – Bay of Islands
Join the world beating Maxi Steinlager 2 for this epic adventure from Auckland to New Zealand’s northern tip of the bay of islands.

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If you have participated in events and would like more of a challenge why not consider becoming a volunteer for Oceans of Hope?

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