Inspirational Danish Visitor

By Jane Cruickshank / August 11, 2019
large orange yacht at harbour

A LARGE yacht tied up in Stonehaven tonight is crewed by Multiple Sclerosis sufferers in a move that was the brainchild of a Danish specialist.

The Sailing Sclerosis Foundation was established by Dr Mikkel Anthonisen, of Copenhagen University Hospital.

It is hoped its project, Oceans of Hope (OOH), will change the perception of MS by showing what is possible when people with a chronic disease are empowered to conquer their individual challenges.

”We want to tell the world that disability can be changed to ability, that we will never stop trying to improve life. ”

And the voyage is no short crossing of the North Sea – Oceans of Hope is the first world circumnavigation crewed by people with multiple sclerosis.

Dr Anthonisen said , “It’s the natural progression and the ultimate dream after we set up a really successful sailing programme in Denmark for people with MS.

”It started quite small, grew bigger as more people got involved and realised their MS didn’t mean they had to stop completely doing something they loved; it’s just a question of doing it a bit differently.”

More information about Oceans of Hope can be found on the project website or Facebook page