Monday, 13 May 2013
South Ayrshire Provost Helen Moonie welcomes round-the-world yachtsman back to Troon
Gerry Hughes, a Scottish teacher who was born profoundly deaf, has become the first deaf person ever to sail single-handed around the world past all five capes.
South Ayrshire Provost Helen Moonie was in Troon to see Gerry Hughes off at the start of his epic journey, and was there to welcome him home.
Provost Moonie said: “Gerry Hughes is a truly inspirational person. He has achieved a personal ambition to successfully sail around the world and at the same time clearly demonstrated to other people what can be achieved with sheer hard work, determination and skill.
“Sailing is very popular in South Ayrshire and I am pleased that Gerry chose to sail in to Troon Marina to mark his return home.”
Gerry Hughes, 55, from Glasgow set sail last September leaving behind his wife and two daughters as he embarked on the ultimate sailing challenge which only around 300 people have completed in history (compared to over 1500 that have made it to the top of Mount Everest).
Now, Gerry is part of an exclusive list of solo-circumnavigators joining the likes of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and Sir Francis Chichester, achieving a life-long ambition and raising awareness of the deaf community to the wider world.