Oceans of Hope was initially created to empower people living with the disease multiple sclerosis and they are running arguably their most challenging sailing event so far at the end of the year.
Oceans of Hope are inviting applicants for their trip leaving Auckland on December 2 and returning on December 6.
The expedition will be on board both Steinlager II, the boat Sir Peter Blake won the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race on, and the Sydney to Hobart-winning yacht Lion New Zealand.
The two boats are expected to explore the islands and bays of the North Island and it will be a chance for people with MS to learn to sail, improve their sailing skills and enjoy the sun, sea, scenery and company.
It is expected places will be filled quickly so anyone interested is encouraged to register their interest as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
From June 2014 to November 2015 Oceans of Hope completed a circumnavigation with an active crew of people with MS, changing the perceptions of what is possible when living with a chronic and disabling disease. Oceans of Hope has since continued to create activities for people with MS and also expanded to include others who have been affected on their existence by illness, accident or other serious and traumatic life incidents.
This year's expedition follows on from last year's one on the Spirit of New Zealand.
Multiple sclerosis affects about 4000 New Zealanders and is one of the most common diseases of the central nervous system.
The cost of joining December's voyage is $1364 (incl GST) per person. This event is supported by both Multiple Sclerosis New Zealand and New Zealand Sailing Trust.
Anyone interested in applying for a place on Oceans of Hope Challenge New Zealand 2019 should email oceansofhopechallengeNZ@gmail.com with their contact details. They will then send an application form to complete and return.