Final preparations are being made by Hilary Lister, 37, who will re-start her “Round
Hilary’s Boat “Me Too” will be launched in Dover on the 22nd April, the Safety Boat and Land Support crew are all in place and will begin training in Dover on May 1st. Hilary said about her “Round Britain Dream”: “I’m incredibly privileged to get a second chance to fulfil my dream. We have a fantastic team and I can’t wait to get started. We will be raising money and awareness of disabled sailing right around the UK.”
An extremely active youngster, Hilary suddenly found herself wheelchair-bound at the age of 15, due to a progressive neurological disorder. This would gradually lead to the loss of the use of her body from the neck down, whilst leaving her in constant pain. Despite everything, she continued her education, earning a 2.1 in Biochemistry from
Hilary’s dream of sailing around
Hilary’s Boat “Me Too” is an Artemis 20; a 6m carbon fibre keelboat, designed by Rogers Yacht Design under commission by
The aims of Hilary’s “Round Britain Dream” are not only record breaking, but to raise funds for, and awareness of, Hilary’s charity; “Hilary’s Dream Trust” (Registered charity no.: 1124146), which exists to facilitate adults with disabilities or in financial hardship to reach their sailing own dreams.
Hilary and the RBD would like to thank Launch partners Pindar and Artemis investment management, KCC Sports development unit and also the following sponsors; Raymarine, Musto, Marathon leisure, Alphagraphics, Port of Dover and The Lions clubs of the British Isles and Ireland.
A Selection Of Media Coverage To Date
Television news: items on BBC news, BBC South East Today, BBC ‘The One Show’ ITN news, ITV Westcountry, ITV Meridian News
Press articles: The Independent (17 June 2008, 9 August 2008, 30 March 2009) The Sunday Telegraph (22 June 2008) Daily Mail, Daily Express, (May 2008) The Scotsman (June 2008), Corriere Della Sera (
Radio: bulletins and regular interviews on BBC Radio Five Live's "Drive" afternoon show. National Public Radio’s "All Things Considered", interviewed Hilary on 18 June 2008 (The show is heard on 650 stations in the
Public talks: at various events, such as yacht club’s “Laying Up Suppers”.
Press Release 23rd April 2009