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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 Dayโ€ฆ

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 fewย 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

Itโ€™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, Iโ€™ve been to the BVIโ€™s with Girls for Sail, met some amazing people, been on a few class 40 adventures,…

The Last Kingdom

Today is the day peeps!! Iโ€™m a little excited for the start of season 2 of the Last Kingdom!! Now for those of you that have been living under a rock, the Last Kingdom was first shown on BBC America and BBC 2 in October 2015, however I discovered it slighlty later- during the Paralympics….

International Womenโ€™s Day

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. – via International Women’s Day This year saw the theme #beboldforchange taking centre-stage. As a result, I was very kindly invited to head to…

What now for Paralympic sailing?

Over the period of the London Boat-show, I was lucky enough to chat to a lot of people in the Marine industry, and it was surprising how many had the same question- whatโ€™s happening with Paralympic Sailing, and more to the point, will it get reinstated? Itโ€™s no secret that I am a fairly vocal…

Volvo-ingโ€ฆ

Over my time racing for the British Sailing team, Iโ€™ve been very lucky to have some amazing and supportive sponsors; one that deserves a special and quite simply massive THANK YOU is Volvo. Iโ€™ve had the privilege to drive some top of the range luxury cars, and theyโ€™ve made the logsitics of the Sonar programme…

Holiday readingโ€ฆ

Christmas and New Year are one of those fab times that you get to snuggle down on the sofa by the fire, and demolish a load of books- plus normally in my case I get bought nothing but books! This year Iโ€™ve managed to get through a couple of old favourites as well as discovering…

Barcelona

Last Tuesday I jumped on a flight and headed to Barcelona to see what was really happening behind the scenes of Para World Sailingโ€ฆ As you may have heard in January 2015, sailing was suddenly dropped from the Paralympics in Tokyo 2020 due to the lack of countries competing on a regular basis, as well…

Vendee inspiration…

Last weekend, I was lucky enough to head to Les Sables Dโ€™Olonne for the start of the 2016 Vendee Globe. Now for you non-sailor types out there, the Vendee is the absolute epic of Ocean racingโ€ฆ The Vendรฉe Globe is the hardest and most famous sailing race in the world. Nicknamed the Everest of the…