After successfully sailing solo across the English Channel from Dover to Calais in 2005, and circumnavigating the Isle of Wight in 2007, Hilary dreamed of sailing round the British Isles, solo.
In 2008 Hilary and the team sailed from Dover to Newlyn, but she was unable to complete the project that year after bad weather and technical issues hampered progress. It was a tough decision to take, but meant that it was possible to complete the journey in 2009.
On 21st May 2009, Hilary and her team set sail from Plymouth and, after 2 legs, returned to Newlyn to pick up from where she had left off in 2008.
Hilary is once again being supported by Lions Clubs of the British Isles and Ireland.
Hilary is sailing her Artemis 20 using a 'sip and puff' system. She sails around the coast in sails of 30 to 50 nautical miles. Each day the crew aboard her support boat record her finishing position from her GPS, so they can tow Hilary back to the same point on the next sailing day. Hilary is anticipating the sail will take 3-4 months. It has involved venturing both into the North Sea and the Irish Sea, as well as the English Channel. Hilary's route also takes her through the Caledonian Canal.
Each night Hilary is towed into a port. At each port, the shore based team set up camp and wait for Hilary’s arrival. With over 40 stops there is plenty of opportunity to meet Hilary and her team.
Page last updated on 4 August 2009 at 15:53