Quadriplegic yachtswoman, Hilary Lister has announced plans to compete in the 2011 Fastnet Race in a Class 40 boat. She will be sponsored in the campaign by Bainbridge International.
In 2009, Hilary, paralysed from the neck down, became the first disabled woman to sail solo around Britain, controlling her boat entirely with her breath using an advanced sip/puff system.
Bainbridge International, along with Jeckells the Sailmakers, will be providing Hilary with the sails she requires for her adapted Class 40 boat to successfully complete the competitive off-shore expedition next year. No stranger to producing sails for high profile campaigns, Bainbridge International has seen their sailcloth used in campaigns such as America’s Cup and the Ellen MacArthur Trust.
Bainbridge International will be working closely with Hilary from now right through to the build up to the start of the race in 2011 and hope that this will be the beginning of a long and successful relationship.