On September 1st, Gerry Hughes set off from Troon Yacht Haven on board his yacht "Quest III" on a mission to be the world's first Deaf Yachtsman to sail single-handed around the world non-stop.
Gerry is already the first deaf person to complete a solo transatlantic crossing, and hopes to inspire young deaf people with his latest challenge by demonstrating that they too can overcome many of the obstacles they face in life.
Gerry was born profoundly deaf and uses British Sign Language, he struggled to read and write until he was nearly 15, but determined to be a teacher he worked hard and fought the authorities, and in 1995 became the first deaf teacher in Scotland since 1880.
Inspired himself by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, who as well as being the first man to sail around the world single-handed non-stop in 1965, also built the marina at Troon.
More information on Gerry and his challenge and regular updates on his position can be found at www.gerrysmhughes.com