17 May 2013


The waters around Royal Gourock Yacht Club on the River Clyde provide what is widely recognised as some of the finest sailing to be found anywhere in the world.
Gerry Hughes has been a popular member of the Club for a number of years, although not many members were aware that when Quest 111 quietly slipped her mooring at the beginning of September last year that Gerry was setting off on the adventure of a lifetime.
Royal Gourock has a proud history of producing world-class yachtsmen, and although Gerry was not trained through the Club, his "can do" approach to the sport epitomises the Club's ethos.
RGYC encourages people of all ages and abilities to take to the water,  with its Cadet Section training young people on its fleet of Pipers, and the young at heart every Friday night at the Social Sailing evenings.
The Club truly does encompass members of all ages and all abilities, who share Gerry's love of the sea and sense of adventure.
One such member, Jim Mowat, has been totally blind since a rugby injury while at university.
Jim is now a certified RYA Coastal Skipper, has sailed in company to Barbados and recently sailed single-handed from Gourock to County Antrim.
Jim also competes successfully in all the RGYC races and regattas and has been following Gerry's progress with interest.
"Gerry's a gutsy guy!" Jim comments with a grin. "He's maximising present day technology to follow his dream.
"He's breaking great ground and is an inspiration to sailors of all abilities."
Fellow members at Royal Gourock agree with Jim.
They congratulate Gerry on his tremendous achievement and are proud to have him as a member of the Club.