Gerry Hughes

Gerry Hughes, who was born profoundly Deaf and communicates in British Sign Language (BSL), set sail on his dream adventure in September 2012. Setting off from the Firth of Clyde, Gerry headed for South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and South America in an inspiring journey of 51,500km (32,000 miles), single-handedly that touched the hearts of thousands around the world. Eight months later, a shattered but elated Gerry returned home after completing the challenge of a lifetime – and is one of only 300 sailors to complete the feat.
‘It has been a lifelong ambition to sail around the world so it is difficult at the moment to comprehend what I have finally achieved,’ Mr Hughes said.

He shared his amazing story at our HUDC Christmas 2013 event.