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 Manager
Andy has worked in the marine industry for many years and has lots of experience in maintenance and yacht handovers. He works with Lee and Emma 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.
Emma Clayton
Fleet Technician
Emma is a professionally qualified skipper and avid sailor. She has years of experience in the marine industry and is also a keen kayaker...she is never found too far from the water! Emma lives locally and her sailing skills and widespread knowledge of our local waters make her a much-valued member of the team.
Lee Gallacher
Fleet Technician
Lee is full of fun and character and always a pleasure to sail with, he is highly skilled with lots of experience skippering and as a cruising instructor locally. His working background was originally with Southampton Harbour Patrol (Associated British Ports) In his spare time, Lee likes to volunteer for a homeless charity providing mental health support. Lee has a great sense of humour but is incredibly dedicated and takes great pride in his work.
Steve Robson
Fleet Technician
Steve is very experienced having worked exclusively in the marine industry for over 40 years. He lives locally and is an asset to the team.
Iesha Stephenson
Senior Valeter
Iesha joined the team as a stop gap and luckily for us has stayed! She is a stickler for ensuring the high quality of cleaning on our yachts and always has an amazing smile even though the toughest of days.
Student Comments

Friendly welcome. All staff helpful. Relaxed atmosphere. Instructors gave clear explanations of safety equipment and how to perform tasks expected of crew. Very tolerant of mistakes made. Encouraged us to Continue Reading

Rod 23rd July 2019

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