Troon Yacht Haven berth holder, Gerry Hughes, hit the headlines worldwide in 2013 for being the first deaf yachtsman, and one of only 300 people in history, to complete a round the world voyage via the Five Great Capes.
Many of you will have followed his eight month journey which started on September 1st 2012, and saw Gerry spend almost 200 days alone at sea on his 42ft yacht, Quest lll, before arriving safely back to Troon Marina on May 8th 2013.
We’re really excited that Gerry has been announced as the star speaker at the RYA Scotland Annual Awards Dinner on February 1st. At the dinner Gerry will be talking about his monumental journey, which amongst incredible highs, saw lows that included capsizing off the Cape of Good Hope, falling foul of extreme weather and suffering severe electrical problems on board.
Gerry was born profoundly deaf and first learnt to sail at the age of two. Last year’s circumnavigation fulfilled two aims: firstly to realise his lifetime ambition of carrying out the journey of a lifetime and secondly to inspire young deaf people, demonstrating that they too can overcome obstacles they face in life.
Gerry, who also who teaches deaf pupils at St Roch's Secondary School in Glasgow was certainly successful in his aims and has inspired not just the deaf and sailing communities but people in all walks of life to achieve as much as is possible. But it’s not just sailing where Gerry has excelled, other achievements include becoming Scotland’s first deaf teacher for over 100 years and playing golf for Scotland, in the World Deaf Golf Championships, six times.
Tickets for the dinner, and what promises to be an extremely entertaining talk from Gerry, are still available to purchase from the Royal Yacht Association website.
If you are attending the awards, remember that Troon Yacht Haven is just a 45 minute drive from Glasgow so a great opportunity to come and check out our facilities. The team are on site 7 days a week and are more than happy to show you around.