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Troon Sailor Honoured with Top Award

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23 February 2015

In 2013, Troon Yacht Haven berth holder Gerry Hughes completed his 32,000 mile solo-circumnavigation concluding with a spectacular arrival at his homeport of Troon.

Since then, the deaf sailor has received national acclaim including an honorary doctorate of letters from Glasgow University. However, he has now been named the winner of the prestigious Old Pulteney Maritime Heroes Award.

The award, run by the famous whisky company Old Pulteney, rewards a single sailor who has shown outstanding sailing achievement, bravery and club service. 

Gerry was nominated by Clyde Cruising Club who acknowledged his outstanding feat which included numerous equipment problems, a capsize and the constant challenge to become the first deaf sailor to complete a solo-circumnavigation.

Gerry, who teaches at St Roch's Secondary, said: "I am delighted and honoured to receive this award.

"It's fantastic. It is especially important to me because the Clyde Cruising Club nominated me. It's great to know that the Clyde Cruising Club will also benefit from this award. I will look forward to celebrating with everyone at our next event."

To reward his enthusiasm and dedication, Old Pulteney presented Gerry with a £1,000 personal cheque, a commemorative Maritime Heroes decanter, and a bottle of what has been dubbed the World's Best Whisky - Old Pulteney 21 Year Old Single Malt.

Margaret Mary Clarke, Senior Brand Manager: "Old Pulteney is delighted to honour and recognise Gerry in his lifetime achievements within the maritime community.

"His dedication and commitment while facing adversity is truly an inspiration to us and to those whose lives he has touched.

"It is our pleasure to celebrate his accomplishments through the Maritime Heroes Awards."



Credit: Catriona Stewart, Glasgow Evening Times, 21/1/15