achieved my
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Gerry is the first deaf person to single handedly sail around the world.

Gerry S M Hughes - around the world yaughtsman

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Bridging Our Differences
by Gerry S M Hughes

Part autobiography, and part real-life adventure, ‘Bridging our Differences’, tells the story of a deaf young boy who battled against the odds to succeed.

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Bridging Our Differences - the book by Gerry S M Hughes

Public speaking

Gerry is available for public speaking and after-dinner speeches.

Special package available for school events.

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Sir Thomas Lipton Foundation

Gerry’s is partnering with Sir Thomas Lipton Foundation on a project to provide deaf school children the opportunity try sailing.

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deafPLUS Wellbeing Event, Edgbaston Community Centre, 26 September 2023

Gerry was invited to give a talk about his solo circumnavigation at  deafPLUS Wellbeing event on, 26 September 2023.  Many thanks to deafPLUS for inviting Gerry to such an interesting and informative event. deafPLUS is a registered charity that aims to improve the lives of deaf and hard of hearing people ...

British Deaf Sports Heritage Sports Hall of Fame

Gerry was  inducted into the British Deaf Sports Heritage  Sports Hall of Fame on 1st July 2023. This honour was presented to Gerry at the Deaf Sports Personality awards night in Twickenham Rugby Stadium, London. More information about the Sports Hall of Fame and the athletes recognised for their exceptional ...

New initiative: Junior Deaf Golf

Gerry is teaming up with Cathkin Braes Golf Club to create a joint project to provide opportunities for deaf children and young people to participate in golf. Gerry  is keen to ensure that the project will not only give deaf children and young people the chance to try golf, but also ...

Gerry Hughes wins first RYA Sailability Personal Endeavour Award

Gerry Hughes received  with  the first  ever RYA Personal Endeavour Award.  It was presented to Gerry on the ITV programme Surprise Surprise. The award recognises Gerry’s historic achievement as the  first deaf yachtsman to sail single-handedly around the world via the Great Capes. https://youtu.be/VIM-sp9erS4