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…

Cowes week Shenani-GINS

So the week before last was Cowes week, the most recognised yachting event in the UK, and apologies for not updating you sooner… It’s been nothing but madness and sailing for me 🙂 Now despite some last minute logistical issues, and a few let downs of the crew front meaning I couldn’t pull together an…

Hail Hydra…

No it’s not a review of the Avengers movie before you get all excited! Over the past few days, I’ve been lucky enough to be sailing the rather swanky brand new Class 40, Hydra. In reality it’s a strange coincidence as I had previously eyed up this boat in Hamble and set a few friends…

Ladies Day…

Ladies its once again time to get nominating!! Yes, the time has come to nominate the female sailors that inspire and motivate us, those that push the boundaries and encourage others, those that fight for women in our sport, and those that just get out on the water and show us all how its done!…

Class 40 Adventures

On returning home from Rio, my plan to compete in the Vendee Globe has firmly been set into motion. After a few initial setbacks, finally it feels like we are getting off the ground, and “Hannah Stodel Racing” is now officially up and running. Jumping straight into the Imoca 60 has never been on the cards,…

Catching up

It’s been a fair old while since the last time I wrote on this blog, and a lot has happened! As you may have realised, things have been pretty busy… Over the past few weeks, I’ve been to the BVI’s with Girls for Sail, met some amazing people, been on a few class 40 adventures,…