After months of preparation, 37-year-old Hilary Lister became the first female quadriplegic to sail solo around Britain
Wheelchair-bound since the age of 15
due to a progressive neurological disorder, Hilary fell in love with sailing in 2003 when a friend took her out on a lake.
"Within seconds of being on the water, a light switched back on inside me," she reportedly told BBC News. "I knew that I had found what I was going to do with the rest of my life."
The Oxford grad uses a specially adapted vessel with a "sip-and-puff" system to control her boat with three straws. One straw controls the tiller, while another lets her select five different functions to help steer.
Hilary had already earned the title of the first quadriplegic sailor to sail solo across the English Channel when she decided to tackle her latest challenge. Her voyage of 40 day-long sails around Britain ended in Dover harbor, where onlookers applauded.
Hilary used the challenge to raise money for her charity, Hilary's Dream Trust
, which helps disabled and disadvantaged adults who dream of sailing. You know, in case sailing around a whole country without the use of her arms and legs wasn't impressive enough. Click here
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