Karen Potts
Principal & Owner
In 2009, Karen and Graham Potts acquired Hamble Point Yacht Charters and the Sailing School from Doug and Wendy Hamilton, who had successfully built up the business over the preceeding years. Graham has been a keen sailor and yacht owner for many years. Karen and Graham have a strong business background, having founded a successful business in the IT industry prior to their involvement with Hamble Point Yacht Charters. Karen can usually be found managing background activity and helping Alex in the office during the week, whilst you may often find Graham manning the office on a Saturday morning or on a Sunday afternoon.
Alex. Dunn
Chief Instructor and Office & Reservations Manager
Alex. has worked for many years within the corporate world in senior positions within Customer Service, Event management, Operations and Sales. She gave up the rat race in 2011 to become a freelance RYA Yachtmaster Instructor and race skipper and has worked all over Europe teaching and racing. Whilst she still loves to teach, and will be out teaching and skippering for us, she will be primarily based in the office managing all of our bookings as well as ensuring everything works for all of our courses. Alex's passion is inshore yacht racing so can be seen out most weekends and some evenings racing in the Solent.
Natasha Fairbrother
Marketing and Administration Assistant
Natasha has recently joined the team to help out in the office for a few days a week. She will be primarily concentrating on our marketing and social media but we are sure she will soon be getting involved with everything else too! She has over 10 years of administrative experience within the banking sector, healthcare sector and most recently working within one the UK’s largest charities. She is a keen photographer and has worked with brands both locally and regionally creating content for websites, social media and e commerce. Natasha is a keen swimmer and has trained in the River Hamble for open water swimming.
Josh Anderson
Fleet Engineer & Instructor
Josh manages our ever busy and changeable schedule by ensuring all our yachts are maintained and serviced to the highest of standards. He also manages and completes all the annual work on the fleet over the winter. He is also one of our instructors so, along with Alex. you may well see him out with our students teaching. After working in the corporate world for many years, Josh came to us after completing his Yachtmaster Fastrack programme and has fast become a much-loved team member. He completes all the annual work on the fleet over the winter, performs our customer handovers, skippers some of our corporate and skippered charters and is also an RYA Cruising Instructor, so no doubt you'll be seeing Josh around!
Andy Nock
Fleet Technician
Andy has worked in the marine industry for many years and has lots of experience in maintenance and yacht handovers. He works with Josh to manage the ever busy and changeable schedule of ensuring all our yachts are maintained and serviced to the highest of standards. He also completes all the annual work on the fleet over the winter.
Debbie Doel
Senior Valeter
Debbie has been with the Company since 2008 starting as a seasonal valeter and now working as a permanent member of the team. Responsible for training and supervising all new valeters, she is a stickler for ensuring that our high standards of cleanliness and domestic inventory are maintained.
Student Comments

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]We run all of our sailing courses on one of the yachts in our charter fleet of beautiful, privately owned yachts, usually Loxley B, a Sun Odyssey 37.

All the yachts are also available to hire for bareboat charter, skippered charter and corporate sailing; all superbly equipped, maintained and cleaned; presented with friendly, personal service at the most convenient marina in the heart of the Solent - the UK south coast sailing mecca - at very affordable prices We are based at Hamble Point Marina where you will find plenty of free parking. Our office is situated adjacent to the Ketch Rigger pub/restaurant, with a view over the boats and the marina. Unlike most other schools in the area, your mooring fees and wet weather clothing for the duration of your course are included in the price quoted.  Because the yachts are all provately owned the standard of equipment and yacht is above the usual you will find on a school based yacht. Here is some information to help you to find us and to bring everything that you will need:


The yacht is fully equipped with safety gear although you are welcome to bring your own lifejacket. Waterproof clothing (jacket, trousers and boots) may be borrowed from us for your course. In addition to waterproofs and boots you will need:
  • Sleeping bag (bags and liners are available for hire)
  • Pillows are provided
  • Toiletries & towel
  • Underwear, socks, etc.
  • Trousers, usually 2 pairs are sufficient
  • Shirts to cover a range of temperatures
  • Sweaters, it is colder afloat than on shore
  • Hat & gloves can be useful
  • Shoes with soft soles
  • A small torch can be useful
  • Personal medicine
  • Sea sickness pills, for example Stugeron
  • Suntan lotion, sun glasses
You will not need to bring any smart clothes and you should bear in mind that neither salt water, nor the environment of a yacht, is particularly kind to your clothes. Feel free to bring any favoured navigational instruments or equipment. Stowage is limited and most of your kit should fit into one squashy holdall. There is no room to accommodate a suitcase.   We accept RYA Vouchers in payment for your course. For full details of how to find us and the best way to get here, please see location.


Hamble Point Marina is located at the mouth of the River Hamble and has immediate access to Southampton Water and the Solent.

By Road:

The postcode for your Sat Nav is SO31 4NB. From the M3 take the M27 Eastbound for Portsmouth. Exit Junction 8 of the M27 for Southampton East/Hamble-le-Rice. Follow signs for Hamble on B3397, Hamble Lane. After approximately 3 miles you will see a sign for Hamble Point Marina, just past the Fire Station. Turn right into Copse Lane which then becomes School Lane and Hamble Point Marina is at the end after approximately one mile.  Keep left as you enter the marina and park in the vicinity of the Ketch Rigger pub.  Our office is adjacent to the pub on the far side.

By Train

Take the train to Southampton Parkway.  This is a 20 minute taxi ride to Hamble Point marina.  We are suggesting this rather than a train to Hamble due to the lack of taxis at the station in Hamble.

By Plane

The nearest airport is Southampton airport and is a 20 minute taxi ride from Hamble Point Marina


If you are coming for an RYA course you will need a copy of the RYA Cruising Log Book G158. This contains the syllabus for the whole RYA training programme, in addition to allowing you to record details of your own experience. This can be obtained through us, chandlers, or from the RYA. Whatever your level of experience this is a useful document.


For some of the courses we run, you may need a passport sized photo for your certificate.  Please bring one with you!


This is a routine issue and should not worry you any more than it does us. If it should affect you, let your instructor know at the earliest possible moment. Whilst we have not yet managed to make it enjoyable there is much we can do to minimise the effect and help you to relax. Prevention is far better than cure and you may wish to start on medication before the start and wean yourself off as you find your sea legs. You must make your own medical decisions, or seek professional advice, before taking any treatment.


Current legislation prevents us from making insurance recommendations but you should ensure that you have personal insurance providing cover against personal accident, medical and emergency expenses, personal liability, legal expenses, loss of baggage, personal effects and money, cancellation and travel disruption.

Children & vulnerable adults:

Whilst we welcome children (under 18's) or vulnerable adults on board with us for our courses or trips, please be aware they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


In the event of either the boat or the instructor being unavailable to complete the course, our liability shall be limited to a refund of the unused portion of the fees paid to us.


If the proposed itinerary includes a “foreign” destination you will need a current passport. You may also wish to bring some local currency. You may wish to arrange a EHIC (European Health Insurance Card), which may cover the reimbursement of emergency medical costs incurred within the EU.


At the end of the course you will be asked to give us the benefit of your reaction.   Constructive criticism will be as welcome as praise, as we aim to improve what we are able to deliver to you


If you have any comment regarding the service offered by Hamble Point Yacht Charters, please initially raise the issue with the member of staff concerned.   If you are unable to raise the issue with the member of staff concerned, or the issue is not resolved to your satisfaction, please contact the Principal via the office address or telephone within 28 days.  We will make an initial response within 48 hours and will make every effort to resolve the issue satisfactorily within 14 days.   We hope that we have provided you with the answers to any questions that you may have, but please contact us for any other information or to discuss your individual requirements. For more information about the services that we offer, please see Yacht Charter, Charter Membership or Yacht Management.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Hubi 2nd January 2020


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