Hilary Lister was paralyzed from the neck down, yet her love and passion for sailing was incredible. She was the first disabled woman who sailed solo round Britain. She is the first disabled woman who sails all solo around Britain and she quietly passed away at the age of 46. Hilary Lister became famous after using the “sip-and-puff” system for controlling and steering a yacht sails by sucking and blowing through the plastic straws.
Announcing her death, Hillary’s Dream Trust shared a having the message, “With a deep regret we are announcing that our passing founder – Hilary Lister was an inspiration for many. She was the recipient of many accolades number of records pertaining to the sailing achievements is in her name.”
Alex Lister is the son of Lister, he paid the tribute to his stepmother, and said “She was a great lady and she always took her condition as an opportunity. Her suffering was her opportunity to do something great and outstanding. Lister was not disabled by birth, but her disability was the cause of her medical condition. But, she was a motivated person. Even after coming on the wheelchair at the age of 15, she never lost interest in her life. She was motivated and started sailing.” He added.
She started sailing in the year 2003 with Plain Sailing Opportunities in Canterbury, and said: “After spending 30 seconds on the boat I fell in love with sailing.” Alex said, “She was an inspiration to many as well as to our family members. We all have learned a lot from her.” In the year 2007, Lister won the Sunday Times Helen Rollason and this award was for her inspirational role, with this one can understand what kind of person she must be.