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Last year was a great success for Sail For Epilepsy. Plans for 2022 are well underway, including Leg 2 of our global voyage, Atlantic Crossing Adventure, which will see us sailing to the Azores, Portugal and beyond.

In 2021 we sailed over 3,500 nautical miles, welcomed 268 Virtual Shipmates to our crew, and met hundreds of people affected by epilepsy at in-person events along the East Coast of the United States. While sailing offshore we connected by live video to Virtual Shipmates in several US states, Australia, and the United Kingdom. We featured inspirational stories of people living with epilepsy in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Bermuda, South Africa, and the United States.

In 2022 we look to build upon this success by sailing further, expanding our crew of Virtual Shipmates, and connecting live with as many people in the epilepsy community as possible, both from the boat and in multiple port stops. I will be posting regular blogs, photos, and videos to our website and social media while underway. I’ll continue the live video calls with our Virtual Shipmates. Importantly, this journey will appeal to anyone who is interested in an inspirational message of perseverance, adventure, and positive attitude in the face of physical, emotional, and mental challenges. We all experience adversity and could try to do something more to live the fullest life possible, with any necessary safety measures in place.

Tentative voyage plans for 2022

We are targeting a departure from the east coast of Florida in mid to late May, sailing first to the Azores and then on to Portugal, arriving in late June. We intend to make port stops in Porto, Lisbon, and Portimao during July. We are also considering locations in Spain and Morocco (Rabat, Casablanca, Agadir) and potentially other Mediterranean countries for September and early October. We’ll then begin the voyage back to the Caribbean in late October and November with tentative stops in the Canary Islands and Cape Verde.

During this planning phase, we are balancing the viability of the ports (location, accessibility, marina options) with our desire to connect with host organizations who will help us hold events while in port. We have a variety of event options available, ranging from family friendly nautical activities, to awareness & education presentations for adults, to a seminar on sleep for sailors of all ages. Ideal hosts include civic groups, sailing or yacht clubs, schools, non-profits, or those who offer local epilepsy support services.

The uncertainty of covid has to be a consideration as we make our plans. The safety of our crew and health of those in our planned port stops is a priority. We will increase our ability to connect virtually with our community while offshore and are working on some exciting new aspects of this capability that we look forward to introducing in the coming months. We will have some back up options in place in case the pandemic dictates a shift in our voyage plans.

We Need Your Help!

Do you have any connections that could assist us in our planned port stops? Are you interested in helping us host an event? Please reach out by adding a comment below, messaging us on Facebook, or sending an email to [email protected]

1 thought on “The Voyage Expands to Europe in 2022

  1. If 2023 brings you to the California coast SF Bay Area, our group ericscorner.org, may be able to participate in hosting – we look forward to following the activities! We are also looking forward to zoom event in March and hopefully having you join us as an inspiring guest speaker to share with our group this summer.
    Thank you for all you are all doing! Be safe & have fun!

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