Quadriplegic yachtswoman sails solo around UK

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London, Sep.1 (ANI): A quadriplegic yachtswoman, Hilary Lister, has become the first female quadriplegic to sail solo around Britain.

Hilary Lister's series of 40-day sails took her along the east coast of Ireland, then down the east coast of Scotland and England, reports The Telegraph.

The 37 year-old smiled as she was applauded and cheered by well-wishers when she sailed into Dover harbour, Kent, and into the record books.

Her spokesman, Paul Taroni, said: "This is an amazing triumph over adversity. Everything that went against her and all the things that went wrong, Hilary overcame to do something truly inspirational. We are all so proud of her."

She sailed the final 15 miles from Ramsgate, Kent on Sunday.

Speaking in her boat at the quayside, Lister said: "I'm hugely proud of the team, the whole team, who worked so hard for four months without a day off. It's a privilege to be back in Dover. The killer was when the wind died just east of the entrance to the harbour but unbelievably it picked up just as I sailed in."

Lister, from Canterbury, Kent, was forced to delay the start of her journey from Plymouth, Devon, in May, after suffering breathing difficulties while out preparing.

She was briefly taken to hospital and placed under observation for two hours, before setting off at dawn on May 21.

The round-Britain challenge has so far raised 30,000 pounds for her charity, Hilary's Dream Trust, which exists to provide assistance to disabled and disadvantaged adults who want to sail. (ANI)

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