Participants come from all walk of life from as young as still studying in university to those who have finished their careers and still pursuing adventure in their lives embarked on an 8-day offshore voyage to Taiwan on 30 March, 2018. They were onboard Spirit of Outward Bound Hong Kong, a Challenge 67 racing yacht which has twice circumnavigated the globe. Bon Voyage!
Here are some voices from 10 participants who have joined Sail To Taiwan Programme before they departed from the Outward Bound jetty.
Mo Jie: Joining an Outward Bound Sailing programme has always been my dream since I was a teenager! I was not able to afford the cost of a sailing programme before. Now I have retired and all I have to do is to chase back the dream that I missed!
Clarence: I joined the 18 Days Classic Achievers Programme two years ago. To me, that was an absolutely excellent programme which gave me a big driving force to pursuit my aims, especially pursuing a tertiary education. It's important to set up a clear goal and build my resilience and I hope this sailing programme can give me a new and different insight!
Derek: I have never sailed before. Go on a sailing journey has always on my bucket list but I never attempt to do it. It's a time for me to step out of my comfort zone, meet different people, and try something new before I regret.
Tommy: I am in my late 40s and it's a time for me to take a break! This will be a good time for me to think about the plans for the rest of my life. I am so glad this opportunity (Sail To Taiwan) happens on time!
Mo Jie: I have too many experiences of flying to Taiwan but not sailing.
Clarence: I think sailing to Taiwan will be quite tough, I hope this can discover myself more.
Derek: Sailing is a totally different experience by taking a plane. I want to involve in every part of the journey.
Tommy: Sailing must be a very exhilarating experience plus I haven't tried any water activities before.
Patrick: I expect that everyone will have a good time.
Derek: First thing is tomorrow’s my wife’s birthday and I am still allowed to join this programme. It’s not easy, but a good thing. Never thought of the weather. I hope we will be safe! This is my first sailing trip and I believe it will be a great experience for me. I am a little bit worried about not sleeping well. When I do not get enough sleep and I will have a bad temper, you don’t want to be with me. Besides that, there is not much to worry about, I will try to enjoy the course.
Mo Jie: I am worried about my sickness, probably seasick!
Simon Tsun: I am not young anymore although I have dreams for quite a while. But I couldn’t find a boat that I can sail in the open water. This time I have a lot of concern about the food, not sleeping well, about the toilet, and my physical fitness. Seasickness is another concern. Last time when we sailed on this boat (Spirit of Outward Bound Hong Kong), even in the harbor, once it gets out of Hong Kong, then the condition is quite different.
Alex Lam: I am not very concerned about the trip for now. I would like to know about more navigation form Hong Kong to Taiwan so that one day I can navigate myself!
Katy Cheung: I was born in Hong Kong but living in Taiwan. If you are interested in Taiwan and if you’d like to know more about this county, I am the one who you should talk to! Have fun!
Tommy Chen: I want to put myself in a totally new situation. I have been in my comfort zone for some time and I have not changed my living style and this may be something that I can try to do.