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.
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 John 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.
John Donnelly
Fleet Technician
John has 30 years of experience in the Marine Industry. Growing up around boats all his life he has skippered over 50000 nautical miles and has an extensive knowledge of the Solent and South Coast. With a flair for powerboating he has 4 world speed records to his name and recently won the World Championship in his class. Also a keen sailor John has competed in the Beneteau Cup and Round the Island on many occasion.
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
A trip for everyone from absolute beginners to the more experienced sailor. A rough itinerary Friday: Meet at the boat around 1800, get settled and head out for dinner then sleep on the boat. Saturday: We start with a quick briefing and then, depending on weather, wind and crew we will sail in the Solent and head probably to Cowes or Lymington for dinner and stay overnight in one of the marinas, sleeping on the boat. There are some really nice pubs and bars. Sunday: Depending on weather and the night before we will have breakfast on the boat and have another day of leisurely sailing back to Hamble. We will arrive at around 1500 tidy the boat and return home. Our Boat: The yacht will be a minimum of 37 foot. We will be 6 to 8 people on board including the skipper and everyone can do a little or as much as they want. The cost will be £250/person for the charter which includes your skipper, the yacht plus your food whilst on board, moorings, fuel & loan of foul weather clothing.

Hubi 2nd January 2020

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