Before having ME I always viewed myself as an active, confident and capable person. Long term illness changed that perception quite radically, and instead of a ‘can do’ person I had changed into a ‘not sure if I can anymore’ person. This view had proved quite difficult to reverse, affecting my confidence dramatically. The voyage gave me a real glimpse of my old self, and the joy and new hope that adventure, participation and achievement bring. (Of course a decent bunch of skilled, sensitive and fun people around to facilitate this helps heaps as well!).

Since returning from my voyage I have managed to attain a RYA Level 2 National Powerboat Certificate, and the possibility of some part time work relating to this, which I’m pretty excited about. Thank you so much for such a fantastic opportunity.