BEIJING, June 17 (Xinhuanet) -- A quadriplegic woman, the first quadriplegic to
sail across the English Channel, now is embarking on a record-breaking journey
to sail alone around the British Isles in a boat controlled only by her breath,
media reported Tuesday.
Hilary Lister now is embarking on a
record-breaking journey to sail alone around the British Isles in a boat
controlled only by her breath. (File Photo)
Hilary Lister, 36, who is only able to move her head,
eyes and mouth, started her solo sailing in her boat from Dover on the southeast
coast of England, steering her specially adapted yacht by blowing and sucking on
straws to adjust the sails and tiller.
As she set off Monday, Lister said she was feeling
"We've broken everything that can be broken and
everything that could have gone wrong has gone wrong, so we've got to be OK
now," she told the media.
The whole journey is expected to take around three
months, with an inflatable boat sailing alongside her and a crew providing
support on land.
Lister suffers from a rare disorder known as reflex
sympathetic dystrophy, an agonizing muscle-wasting condition which has left her
with no movement below the neck.
Thanks to high-tech adaptations to her Artemis 20
boat, she became the first quadriplegic to sail solo across the English Channel
and the first female quadriplegic to solo circumnavigate the Isle of Wight.
Her journey will raise money for her charity,
Hilary's Dream Trust, which aims to help other people with disabilities achieve
their dreams of sailing.
Lister's progress will be posted on her website.