Oceans of Hope Challenge 2019

Oceans of Hope Challenge Scotland 2019

This is the third year of our successful trip organised under the umbrella of ‘Oceans of Hope Challenge’  This is a voyage of discovery leaving Oban and exploring the Island of Mull designed for explorers living with multiple sclerosis.


Week 1 Sunday 9 June –  Saturday 15 June 2019 10 Places

To download a pdf version of the voyage notes click here

The trip

Explore the Hebrides with its scenic beauty, wildlife and landmarks. Visit its special sites of natural and human interest including geological features, wildlife habitats (seals, seabirds.) and the sparsely populated islands with their traditional trades including fishing and & whisky making.

Sailing experience not required – just a spirit of adventure.  

The ship

The Lady of Avenel is a traditionally rigged 102 ft Brigantine square rigger. Accommodation for 12 passengers and crew is in twin berth cabins with comfortable bunks.  There are hot showers and flush toilets.  The large comfortable saloon area affords great views for eating and relaxing.  The boat has central heating as well as a wood burning stove in the saloon. All sails can be set and controlled from the deck.  You will have the opportunity to climb the rigging but it’s not necessary.


Sunday 9 June 1000-1100 start  Oban, Scotland – spend week exploring the Western Isles of Scotland.   Finish Oban 0900 Saturday 15 June  2019.  You will settle in Sunday morning then following  safety briefing  and lunch we set sail Sunday afternoon for your first remote anchorage.

Our voyage will include exploring remote Islands, sailing open sea and navigating dramatic sea lochs around Skye and the small Isles. The specific route will depend on the weather and respond to the interests of the passengers.

Activities – some of the activities we have planned

  • Learn to sail a Brigantine using human power to hoist, control and stow sails
  • Anchor in remote locations – go ashore and explore stunning landscapes
  • Watch birds and sea life – this area is well known for Puffins, Gannets, Seals, Basking sharks and Whales
  • Prepare and cook dinner in our well-equipped galley
  • Learn to splice ropes and tie traditional sailing knots
  • Visit a Scottish Castle and/or Whisky Distillery
  • Learn to navigate using charts
  • Rod fishing – mackerel and pollock are frequently caught in this area
  • Organise a party
  • Painting and drawing

A typical day on board

0800h-0900h Breakfastbuffet style including toast, cereal, porridge and traditional cooked breakfast

0930h Skipper’s briefing and daily planning

1000h Weigh anchor/ daily activities (for example, we might sail from Tobermory to the Isle of Staffa then visit Fingals cave.)

1300h – 1400h lunch on board (or provided as a packed lunch when ashore)

1900h  Dinner will be served aboard though in some places passengers may wish to eat in some of the fine restaurants and pubs ashore (at own expense).


The cost for this sailing event is £820 GBP per person.

You may wish to apply for funding towards your voyage.  For example

MS Society ‘Health and Wellbeing Grant’  

Hilary’s Dream Trust  

Whats included – All meals and snacks on board.  Duvets, pillows and sheets. An event T – Shirt.

Whats not included -transport to and from Oban, alcoholic drinks

Getting there

There are direct trains from Glasgow to Oban and regular trains/flights to Glasgow.


Bill Alexander bill@ladyofavenel.com and register an interest.

More information on this website and facebook  Lady of Avenel Sailing

Oceans of Hope UK is a registered charity inspired by the Sailing Sclerosis Foundation, a Danish non-profit organization founded in 2013 to “To establish the framework providing people living with MS the opportunity to actively take part in and express and develop themselves by sailing and activities related to sailing, water and the sea” Please see www.oceansofhope.org.