Gerry Hughes was born profoundly deaf and uses British Sign Language (BSL) as his first language. Married to Kay, they have two bilingual daughters.
The next challenge Gerry has set himself is to complete a solo circumnavigation via the five southernmost capes, a journey made famous by likes of Sir Francis Chichester and the legendary Sir Robin Knox Johnston.
Starting from the Firth of Clyde, Gourock on 1st September 2012, Gerry has set sail for South America via the doldrums, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
Modern communications technology allows the press and public to watch Gerry enroute, follow his progress on a live map and view his blog entries.
Examples of some rare triumphs to date:
- 1525 people have been to the top of Mount Everest
- 560 people have been up into space
- 300 people have sailed around the world past all five capes single handedly
Gerry has spent years dreaming of sailing around the world, years of wanting to rise to the challenge, and now the time has come.
The 'One More...' Challenge:
When he was young, Gerry dreamed of three things...
One: Gerry has successfully circumnavigated the British Isles.
Two: Gerry’s biggest achievement to date was taking part in the OSTAR Transatlantic Race - he actually became the first Deaf person to compete in the race.
Three: Gerry is now on his 'One More...' challenge to become the first Deaf yachtsman to circumnavigate the world solo, via the five great capes.
In 1969, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston became the first man to sail around the world single handed, non-stop. On 15th October 2005, he told BBC See Hear: 'We know [Gerry] has successfully crossed the Atlantic. The next big hurdle for him is to do a circumnavigation. I don’t see any reason why he can't.'
The project has two aims:
- To fulfil Gerry’s lifetime ambition to sail around the world solo, via the five great capes.
- To inspire young deaf people, by demonstrating that they too can overcome many of the obstacles they face in life.