Gerry Hughes Becomes First Deaf Person to Sail Around the World

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A Scottish teacher has become the first deaf person to sail single-handed around the world past all five capes.

Gerry Hughes, 55, from Glasgow, sailed from Troon in his boat Quest III, on 1 September last year.

His solo-circumnavigation lasted eight months and covered more than 32,000 miles, during which time he endured a capsize and equipment problems.

After arriving back at Troon marina on Wednesday, Mr Hughes said he had finally achieved a life-long ambition.

“The last eight months have been amongst the toughest of my life but despite all the challenges of the expedition, it has been a period I have thoroughly enjoyed,” he said.

“Sailing has always been my first love and it provided a real escape from my deafness when I was a youngster.

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