Please select your home edition
Edition
PredictWind.com 2014

Trans-ocean voyage begins for Hilary Lister and Nashwa Al Kindi

by Oman Sail on 11 Mar 2014
Oman Sail
British quadriplegic sailor Hilary Lister and Oman’s Nashwa Al Kindi have set out today (Tuesday, March 11) from Mumbai to Muscat on an extraordinary trans-ocean crossing which will be the first to be completed by a severely paralysed woman and the first to be recorded by an Arab female sailor.

The voyage is driven by Oman Sail and sponsored by Mistal - Ajit Khimji Group and United Engineering Services (UES). Speaking on the start of the voyage, Dharmesh A. Khimji, Managing Director, Mistal - Ajit Khimji Group said: 'This voyage is an example of two people working together to achieve a common dream. Nashwa and Hilary are exceptional women, we are proud to be supporting them on this inspirational journey and we wish them fair winds.'

Hilary, 42, suffers from degenerative disease called Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy and is paralysed from the neck down. She became one of Britain’s best-known sailors in 2009 when she sailed solo around Britain to set a new disabled record.

Nashwa, 32, is a sailing instructor at Oman Sail who started sailing in 2011 and has since won the 'Coach of the Year' award at Oman Sail’s Sailor of the Year Awards 2013 and the prestigious ISAF President Development Award 2013 for outstanding achievement in the field.

Eight months ago, Hilary visited Oman to give a series of motivational talks at Oman Sail and the two women hit it off immediately and started to make plans. The trip was scheduled to start on March 10th, but was delayed by 24 hours to clear customs.


The pair set sail from Mumbai on a stable 28-foot Dragonfly trimaran and are expected to return to Muscat on March 19th.. The boat has been specially adapted to take the sip and puff sailing technology that Hilary relies on to control the boat. The sip and puff technology is a method used to send signals to a device using air pressure by inhaling or exhaling into a straw. Hilary will use three straws to control steering, sails and navigation.

During the 850 nautical mile voyage the two women will operate a watch system to ensure safe and steady progress. During the day, a watch will be six hours and at night three or four hours with breaks for drinks and meals. When Nashwa is on watch, she will switch off Hilary’s system and operate the boat manually.

Speaking about the voyage, Nashwa Al Kindi said, 'I’m doing this to inspire the Omani people - if I can do this then there is no reason why anyone shouldn’t go after their dreams.'

Hilary Lister added: 'If we get more than 10 to 15 knots it will be a fantastic ride – we will be strapping ourselves to the boat and loving every second of it.'

The two female sailors will be accompanied onboard by Oman Sail’s Niall Myant, a qualified Yachtmaster with extensive offshore sailing experience, who will help in the event of an emergency and a carer to attend to Hilary’s medical needs. Neither will assist in the sailing of the boat.


BandG Asia Triton2 660x82Barz Optics - San Juan Worlds Best EyewearPhuket Raceweek 2017 660x82

Related Articles

Vendee Globe - Conrad Colman finishes under jury rig - First images
New Zealand solo sailor Conrad Colman has finished the Vendee Globe race under Jury rig. New Zealand solo sailor Conrad Colman has finished the Vendee Globe race under Jury rig. Here are the first images from the finish in Les Sables d'Olonne
Posted today at 3:34 pm
International Maxi Association 2017 program full due to new events
The 2017 calendar, open to owners of all maxi boats (ie 60+ft LOA), features two new events in the Mediterranean. The 2017 calendar, open to owners of all maxi boats (ie 60+ft LOA), features two new events in the Mediterranean.
Posted today at 12:35 pm
Clipper Race Coxswain Training commences
We often tell the stories of the 40 per cent of crew who take on the Clipper Race with no previous sailing experience We often tell the stories of the 40 per cent of crew who take on the Clipper Race with no previous sailing experience, but there are also many talented and experienced sailors amongst the fleet.
Posted today at 11:40 am
Tawera Racing joins Extreme Sailing Series line-up in Muscat
Team has been formed to give New Zealand's sailors a launch pad into the cutting-edge world of foiling multihull racing. The seventh challenger for Act one is announced today in the form of New Zealand-flagged Tawera Racing, which will compete as a full season entry.
Posted today at 11:09 am
JJ Giltinan Trophy - Images from the Invitation Race
Michael Chittenden, was on Sydney Harbour this afternoon for the Invitation of the 2017 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiffs Top Sydney skiff photographer, Michael Chittenden, was on Sydney Harbour this afternoon for the Invitation of the 2017 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship. Winds were light to non-existent, until a bit of puff appeared out of Rose Bay allowing the fleet to sail a three leg course. Here's the images from the day
Posted today at 10:52 am
EFG Bank Monaco sets sights on rivals in EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour
French sailing star Thierry Douillard says his EFG Bank Monaco (MON) crew will focus firmly on defending their title French sailing star Thierry Douillard says his EFG Bank Monaco (MON) crew will focus firmly on defending their title from arch rivals Team Al Mouj Muscat (OMA) as the Arabian classic approaches its climax.
Posted today at 9:50 am
JJ Giltinan 18fters - 26 skiffs enter championship starting Saturday
The Invitation Race for the 2017 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship has been sailed ahead of the start of the series The Invitation Race for the 2017 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship has been sailed ahead of the start of the Championship proper on Saturday - which has drawn a fleet of 26 skiffs from around the world. First race in the seven series is on Saturday. Little as to the form of the countries competing could be deduced from the Invitation Race - which suffered from a lack of wind.
Posted today at 3:48 am
Vendee Globe - Last night at sea for CrazyKiwi Superhero Conrad Colman
At the latest position report at 0430UTC dismasted solo sailor Conrad Colman is 67nm from the finish at Les Sables At the latest position report at 0430UTC dismasted solo sailor Conrad Colman is 67nm from the finish at Les Sables d'Olonne and looks set to complete one of the most inspiring race finishes in sailing history. After latching into a more favourable weather system, Colman's speed has tripled to around 6.7kts and he is expected to finish in 10hrs or 1430hrs UTC.
Posted today at 3:11 am
Vendée Globe – ETAs becoming clearer for Attanasio and Colman
Conrad Colman is only 163 miles from the finish, and although under jury rig is making 6.8 knots towards the finish. Conrad Colman (Foresight Natural Energy) is only 163 miles from the finish, and although under jury rig is making 6.8 knots towards the finish. Eve though the NW’ly wind will continue to veer northerly during the night and become lighter at times later in the day tomorrow, the Crazy Kiwi hopes to arrive on Friday night.
Posted on 23 Feb
Vendée Globe – The best of Didac Costa
Didac Costa's welcome back was big. At the heart of it were the men and women of the Les Sables d'Olonne fire service. Didac Costa's welcome back to Les Sables d'Olonne was big. And at the heart of it were the men and women of the Les Sables d'Olonne fire service.
Posted on 23 Feb