Deaf News: Documentary to be broadcast about Deaf sailor Gerry Hughes’ round the world journey

Posted on August 29, 2013

Deaf sailor Gerry Hughes will feature in a new prime-time STV documentary following all the ups and downs of his epic circumnavigation of the world.

Silent Odyssey: Incredible Stories, which is produced by 5 Minute Network and Deaf production company, will be shown at 9pm on Tuesday 10th September on STV.

The married father of two set off on his trip on 1st September 2012. He overcame rough seas and faulty equipment to return home to a hero’s welcome after an epic 210 day journey.

You can read our exclusive interview with Gerry Hughes here.


“Silent Odyssey: Incredible Stories captures all the ups and downs of Gerry’s voyage, from the final days before his departure and the emotional last moments with family and friends, to all the drama at sea including critical technical failures and a life threatening capsize south of the Cape of Good Hope, as well as interviews with the loved ones who supported his solo challenge.

 Gerry is totally in his element with the sea and the open sky above him and with two miniature HD cameras on board, he relays his thoughts and feelings about an exposed life at sea, relying on emails from his family as his only company and weather reports compiled by a group of friends in Castlemilk in Glasgow.

Elizabeth Partyka, deputy director of channels at STV, said: “This is a captivating and inspirational story which really captures the imagination, and I’m thrilled that we can share Gerry’s incredible adventure with STV viewers.”

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By Paul Harrison, the Limping Chicken’s News Reporter. Paul is a freelance journalist, currently living and working in London. When not at his desk writing or tweeting, he can be found at a coffee shop or Loftus Road/The Stoop/Celtic Park (delete as applicable) mumbling insults at the referee or sloppy passing. Follow him on Twitter as @paulbharrison

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