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,…

The Last Kingdom

Today is the day peeps!! I’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 Women’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- what’s happening with Paralympic Sailing, and more to the point, will it get reinstated? It’s no secret that I am a fairly vocal…

Volvo-ing…

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

Holiday reading…

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 I’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 Sailing… 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 D’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 racing… The Vendée Globe is the hardest and most famous sailing race in the world. Nicknamed the Everest of the…

Rio…

I’m sure a lot of you are wondering why it’s taken so long to write about the Paralympics… Well the truth is, I haven’t been able to find the words. To say I’m gutted would be an understatement. I’m disappointed, upset, frustrated, angry and I’ve felt pretty much every negative emotion in between. Working through…

Cowes Week

Sorry for the lack of updates!  As you can imagine, things have been pretty busy over the last few weeks, as we relocated to Cowes and the Cowes Corinthian Yacht Club for some training, putting in some of our last UK based hours on the water before heading to the Paralympics. Now despite the fact…

Silver linings…

What a World Championships that was!! It’s funny how going into the World Champs as the defending Champions really puts the pressure on, it makes you fight, it makes you want to hang on to that slightly dented, rather old trophy… I’m not going to lie, having our names on there for the 4th time…