Gerry Hughes

Solo Circumnavigator, Sailor, Adventurer

Gerry Hughes is from Glasgow and was the first deaf yachtsman to solo circumnavigate the world via the Five Great Capes. This solo circumnavigation is considered to be the most challenging of all the possible routes, and is the only one that allows entry to Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s elite list of solo circumnavigators.  More people have been into space than have successfully completed this route.

When invited to become an ambassador for Glasgow  Children’s Hospital Charity, Gerry explained:

“I am delighted and honoured to be asked to be an ambassador for Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity.  I have very vivid memories of being in hospital as a young child and understand how frightening this can be at times. I am looking forward to working with the charity and hope that in some way, I can help raise awareness of the amazing work that it does to support the children at Scotland's largest children's hospital.”

Gerry is a competitive sportsman and has played football and golf at both national and international levels.  Gerry had a pivotal role in developing the foundation of the current British Sign Language (BSL) curriculum when he was a researcher at Moray House College of Education, Edinburgh.   He is currently is a full-time teacher in the Deaf Education Unit at St Roch’s Secondary School in Glasgow and is the first native British Sign Language user to qualify as a teacher in Scotland since the Milan Convention of 1880. 

In February 2014, Gerry received the Lord Provost Award at the Glasgow Sports Person of the Year ceremony in the Glasgow City Chambers in recognition to his dedication to sports and raising awareness of the potential skills of deaf people.  Gerry is a life-time honorary member of the Clyde Cruising Club and an honorary member of the Merchants House of Glasgow, and is in popular demand for public speaking, lectures and awards ceremonies. 


Photos courtesy of Scott Campbell (Glasgow)

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