2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race
19 May 15
Volvo Ocean Race
|© http://www.hilarylister.com /|
|Date of Birth||3 March 1972|
|Place of Birth||UK|
The achievement of Hilary Lister is inspirational. Diagnosed with a degenerative disease at the age of 11, Lister was confined to a wheelchair when she was 15. She is now a quadriplegic, only able to move her head, mouth and eyes. When she was introduced to sailing in 2003 she was given a new lease of life and her passion for the sport developed quickly. In 2005 she sailed solo across the English Channel, in 2007 circumavigated the Isle of Wight and the Round Britain challenge was a dream in the making.
On 31 August 2009 Lister's dream was reality when she became the first disabled woman to sail solo around Britain. Lister began her record attempt in June 2008 but had to suspend her sail due to bad weather and technical issues. In May 2009 Lister resumed from Plymouth, sailing clockwise before returning home to Dover in August. Lister's journey was a series of day sails of between 30 and 50 miles and with over 40 stops the team were able to showcase the adventure and raise awareness of disabled sailing along the way.
Lister sails her Artemis 20 using a 'sip and puff' system of tubes to control the steering and sails. Seated in a custom seating module that maintains her body position and comfort, Lister controls everything, including setting the sails and steering the boat, with her breath.
Clockwise Circumnavigation of Britain - May-Aug 2009
Westbere Sailing Opportunities
First quadriplegic to sail the English Channel, solo (2005)
First quadriplegic to sail solo around the Isle of Wight (2007)
First disabled woman to sail solo around Britain (2008-9)
To get a boat I can make longer solo passages aboard - a cabin of some sort would be nice! I'd like to push my sailing as far as i can and get into Ocean Sailing eventually.
Martin Cox - the first person to take me seriously when I said that I wanted to sail solo (before a boat existed). Emma Sanderseon (nee Richards) and Andrew Pindar who helped make sailing possible.
None - it's tricky when you're quadriplegic. I used to enjoy swimming and contact sports like hockey and rugby.