Video: Paralyzed sailor on solo journey

updated 6/16/2008 4:44:59 PM ET 2008-06-16T20:44:59

A quadriplegic sailor set off on a solo journey around the British Isles Monday in a boat she controls with her breath.

Hilary Lister, 36, set sail from Dover on the southeast coast of England, steering her specially adapted yacht by puffing on a system of straws.

She had planned to leave a week ago, but malfunctioning electronics and a broken mast delayed her launch.

As she set sail on Monday afternoon, Lister said she was feeling confident.

"We've broken everything that can be broken and everything that could have gone wrong has gone wrong, so we've got to be OK now," she told journalists.

Lister will sail for around 18 hours a day and will come into shore every night. An inflatable boat will sail alongside her and a crew will provide support on land. She expects the journey to take around three months.

Lister, who is paralyzed from the neck down, has already broken sailing records. In August 2005 she became the first quadriplegic to sail solo across the English Channel.

Her latest project will raise money for her sailing charity.

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