Close Up 2: Gerry Hughes (Part 1)

Tessa Padden meets the first Deaf person to sail solo round the world.

Chat show. The second series of Close Up, the BSL Zone's in-depth interviews with well-known Deaf people. This episode is the first part of a two part programme. Tessa Padden interviews Gerry Hughes, the first Deaf person to sail around the world, passing the five great capes, single-handed. He shares his early life experiences, touching on his childhood, education and career. Produced by Bob Duncan and Dawn Marshall at Becoming Visible.

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  • My congratulations. First time I have heard about Gerry Hughes. I thought the adventure would be impossible. I was wrong and it is amazing what he has done. Best wishes and God bless you. 
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  • Emotional and bless of Gerry. Looking forward for part 2.
    Excellent the programme.
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  • Some 35 deaf people gathered at Royal Southern Yacht Club in the Hamble last Saturday for one day sailing event, many of them going out to sea for the first time. There they were told of the coming programmes on Gerry Hughes to watch - a real bonus for them to watch an interview by Gerry on his life and his voyage.
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  • Very emotional to watch his adventure story. A truely inspirational gentleman as well as a true fighter for the deaf people! x
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  • what an exeptinal man , made me so emotional and inspiring me that if u want something nothing can stand in yr way if u want that to happend what ever the obsticles are.
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  • Iam profoundly deaf and it was quite interesting story about his life and boat. I really enjoyed watching this wonderful programme.
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