Figaro adventures…

Richard Branson has been quoted:  “If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later!” ,which pretty much sums up my feelings on being offered the chance to sail a Figaro with Hugh Brayshaw from the Offshore Academy.  As…

Celebrating us women!

So it’s International Womens Day, a time to celebrate women and push for equality and parity between the genders, and this year the hashtag is #PressforProgress. Sailing, as many other sports, is male dominated at the most competitive levels. As a woman who has competed in this arena it adds extra pressure to the life…

Four investments I had to make…

When I hear the word investments, I immediately think money and start sweating… No Dad, put down the mobile, its not an “emergency credit card situation”, don’t panic! I am not talking about the kind of investments where you risk your hard earned cash in the hopes of making making thousands of pounds… I am…

Beating the cold…

We all know how bad it is when you get that awful scratchy horrible throat, you have become the world’s biggest snot machine, and your face feels like it’s about to explode. Not to mention that every time you breathe,  there is some horrendous gurgling sound, like some kind of mucus monster infestation has built…

It’s a random one…

It’s time to move onto something a little bit lighter… I love reading posts where you get to know the person better, and I wanted to share my likes and dislikes with you, including some of the rather weirder ones in the hope that maybe you can get to know me a little better! Things…

Happy New Year!

Well, firstly… Happy New Year everyone! It’s been a manic start to the year, and a somewhat unbelievable one! Last year ….. which already sounds weird, as it still feels like 2017, but anyway ….. last year, I took the final practical exam that I needed to complete my Yachtmaster Offshore. Going in to the…

It’s Christmas!

It was the night before Christmas, and not a creature was stirring, well, save from a set of 3 snoring retrievers, one of whom is currently sleep wagging; must be a good dream! I am safely tucked away in France at my Mum’s house, looking forward to celebrating Christmas and letting up on my strict…

Breaking down my own barriers…

Okay, so unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few months, you really can’t have missed the fact that I have set myself the aim to compete in the Vendee Globe in 2020. That’s the dream… It is written on my wall, it’s been embedded in my brain, on my mind since…

Closing one chapter and moving on…

It’s been 10 months since I’ve officially been a part of the British Sailing Team, and I’m finding my new found freedom slightly strange. After all, living each day with just one goal in mind, winning a Paralympic Gold medal, drove me forward for 16 years. Looking back now, I realise how much I appreciated…

Give me a chance…

I like to think of myself as a good sailor. I like to think of myself as ambitious and driven. I like to think that people can see past disability. Over the past few months, I have come to realise that people are very quick to judge on first impressions alone. Coming back from Rio,…

Le Havre’ing around

Last week, we grabbed the Class 40, Fortissimo and set sail from Gosport and headed to Le Havre for the start of the Transat Jacques Vabre. The Transat Jacques Vabre is a 4800 nautical mile race from Le Havre in France to Salvador de Bahia in Brazil, mimicking the old coffee routes of the 17th…

September reboot…

Is it me, or does September weirdly feel like a reboot month? Despite the fact that it isn’t even a halfway point of the year, or even a significant part of the year, there’s a lot of evidence that is claiming “September is the new January”. I personally love September! It’s that weird time of…