Born missing her right lower arm Hannah went on to become a 3 x World Champion and 4 x Paralympian as part of the British Sonar Sailing Team. Hannah is now working towards being the first disabled sailor in the world to take on the toughest solo race on earth, the 2020 Vendee Globe.
Former Paralympic sailing star Hannah Stodel is currently taking on one of the toughest domestic yacht racing events. On 12th August 2018 she hit the start line of the RORC Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race, an 1805-mile challenge which starts and finishes in the Solent off Cowes.
For Stodel this marks the next step of her ‘single-handed single-handed’ Vendee Globe campaign, but the three-time World Champion will be taking on this challenge as part of a four-person crew alongside team mates Tim Atkins, Will Rogers and Quentin Bes-Green.
It’s been a tough campaign so far for the Essex-based athlete who needs to raise millions to fund her circumnavigation but she is showing her characteristic determination to succeed. In order to get her to the start line of the Round Britain and Ireland Race, which starts the day after Cowes Week, she has been out seeking sponsors to fund the charter of a Class 40 yacht and to pay the costs associated with the race, much of which she has achieved.
Learning & Skills Solutions are very pleased to be one of the sponsors to support Hannah with this quest.
Along the way, Hannah was the first disabled sailor to achieve the coveted Yachtmaster Offshore qualification and was honoured in January 2018 when she became the RYA Yachtmaster of the Year, presented by HRH Princess Anne.
British Sonar Sailing Team
Team GBR Sonar proudly represented Great Britain in Athens 2004 where they finished in a creditable 6th place but from that point on they have become the team to beat. Early in 2005 the team competed in the US and won 2 regattas and then went on to take the World title in Denmark later that year. They became the first Sonar team to defend the World title the following year in Perth, Australia.
At the Beijing games in 2008 where there was very little wind the team finished 6th, again narrowly missing out on the medals. However they quickly bounced back winning World medals in 2010, 2011 & 2012 and were twice crowned as World Cup winners.
Learning & Skills Solutions were proud to continue sponsorship of the British Sonar Sailing Team when they represented Great Britain at the Rio 2016 games.
Page updated: 20 March 2018