February 2, 2023
National Oceanography Centre premium
It was towards the end of last year that I was invited to attend an open day at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) in Southampton. I was intrigued to learn more and went along with an open mind. The mission of the centre is to make sense of the changing seas, upon which future human prosperity…
January 5, 2023
Sailing into 2023 premium
Have you met the New Year feeling deflated and a little overwhelmed at what may lie ahead? Do you need some inspiration to recover your mojo and get through these dark winter months? Well, rest assured, January’s sailing events hold the key, and it all starts this weekend. The Ocean Race gets underway with the…
December 23, 2022
Merry Christmas One & All premium
Wishing a very Happy Christmas to loved ones, family, friends and colleagues.  As we near the end of 2022, I leave you with a quote from Smith and Burrows from the song, ‘When the Thames froze.’ “The end of Christmas day, when there is nothing left to say. The years go by so fast, let’s…
December 5, 2022
Stretching out the sailing premium
I tried something new for November and I have to say I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. I completed a Pilates course using the reformer, tower and other equipment. Going on looks alone, the reformer could be mistaken for a medieval rack but, whilst it was challenging, it fell short of torture! The…
October 27, 2022
St Tropez, San Francisco and Speaking premium
October was topped and tailed with some cool sailing and in between being on the water, I enjoyed time with friends and family. I was also able to share some of my experiences with several very different audiences. I started the month in style by joining the sailing team onboard Kallima, a Swan 80, in…
September 29, 2022
Sailing and spectating premium
This month, I have transitioned from sailing offshore double handed to the other extremes of our sport. I had the pleasure of joining a Swan 80 called Kallima for the Rolex Swan Cup in Porto Cervo, Sardinia. It was so great to be part of a team again and a delight to experience the beautiful…
September 1, 2022
Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race premium
August was all about the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race…and the recovery thereafter. I have written a summary of the race which gives an insight into our two weeks at sea, ahead of episodes 5 and 6 of the series of short films following RockIt’s 2022 campaign which will be released soon. With light…
August 2, 2022
Ready to RockIt Round Britain and Ireland premium
Final practise races, final preparations, and the final few days in which to panic! July was all about time on the water and staying cool in the heat we have been experiencing. In addition to the high temperature, for yet another year, we have also been plagued by light winds. This makes me apprehensive ahead…
July 5, 2022
Racing to the start line premium
RockIt continues her preparations for the big event this year. Time seems to be passing so quickly we have taken to counting down the days. This month has seen us complete our second and third race with lessons being learnt along the way. We have greater confidence in our rig set up and sail choice,…
June 8, 2022
Watery adventures of a different kind premium
Late autumn last year I headed to Leicestershire and embarked on an altogether different experience out on the water. I was invited to spend a couple of days on a narrowboat on the Grand Union Canal and, although that may seem like a world away from ocean racing, I was to discover that there were…