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,…

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…

Europe so far..

So peeps, its been nearly 3 weeks in Europe and so far it’s been tres bon!! Now as a few of you know, I hate flying…. Well I also hate ferries; so boarding the overnight ferry from Portsmouth to Caen is basically my idea of torture- for 6 hours!! Despite that, the weather for once…

Guernsey antics!

Over the last few days we’ve been lucky enough to be in Guernsey with their Sailing Trust as they launch their brand spanking new RS Venture keel. The Wooden Spoon charity very kindly raised the money to buy the boat for the trust, and as soon as we got the invite, we jumped at the…

Rio trip 487…

I got back from a training camp in Rio just last week. It’s starting to feel a lot like home every time we go there; we have our favourite restaurants, our favourite gym, a coffee shop to die for, as well as a sailing venue that is one of the most epic and beautiful places…