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Hilary Lister fulfills Round Britain and Ireland Dream

2nd September 2009
Hilary Lister fulfills Round Britain and Ireland Dream

Quadriplegic yachtswoman Hilary Lister has completed her ambitious project to sail solo around the British Isles by returning to Dover. Hilary has completed the incredible feat using her trusty Artemis 20 yacht, sailed using a 'sip and puff' system. The same yacht that saw her successfully sail around the Isle of Wight in 2007

Hilary has sailed around the British and Irish coast in legs of between 30 to 50 nautical miles, venturing into the North Sea and crossing the Irish Sea. The voyage commenced in 2008 when Hilary and the team sailed from Dover to Newlyn, but she was unable to complete the project in 2008 after bad weather and technical issues hampered her progress. It was a tough decision to take, but she decided to postpone the dream and complete the journey in 2009.

awayatlast.jpg On 21st May 2009, Hilary and her team set sail from Plymouth and, after two legs, returned to Newlyn to pick up from where she had left off in 2008.

Three months later she has returned to her starting point in Dover to celebrate a momentous achievement.

Talking about the highly adaptable Artemis 20 yacht, Hilary concluded, "I love the Artemis 20, she is a fantastic boat to sail that has looked after me so well, seeing me through everything from force 0 to force 6 and gusting 40 knots. The important thing is that she is a great looking boat that people want to sail, whether they are professionals, amateurs, have never sailed or go on the water every day, and that is very important for disabled people. Everybody is very excited about the prospect of what the Artemis 20 can do and I hope I have shown some of that potential."

The Artemis 20 now forms the core of the Even Keel Project in the UK, designed to offer sailing to disabled and disadvantaged audiences who would not usually have access to the sport.

The Artemis 20 was designed by Simon Rogers and built to be accessible to all. By making a few small adjustments to the control mechanism, the boat can be sailed by people with a wide range of disabilities making it an ideal platform for both the able bodied and disabled sailor to compete on a level playing field.

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