Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Hilary Lister Triumphs & Reality Sailing Doesn't

I wrote about disabled sailor Hilary Lister a few weeks ago – on Tuesday Hilary became the first quadriplegic to sail solo across the English Channel. Lister is able to move only her head, eyes and mouth…she used two straws to navigate her 26’ boat Malin through one of the busiest and most dangerous shipping channels in the world. I’ve covered off on this point already but kudos to Hilary for her bravery and fortitude. What else? Proving that our passion does not readily translate to the masses, a reality TV show in New Zealand that featured 12 novice sailors training to sail Sir Peter Blake's yacht Lion NZ in the 50th annual Auckland to Suva race has been cancelled due to poor ratings. If they can’t make this sort of thing fly in a sailing mecca like New Zealand…then I’m guessing we won’t be seeing a sailing “Survivor”show in the States any time soon.

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