Karen Potts
Principal & Owner
Karen and Graham Potts acquired Hamble Point Yacht Charters from Doug and Wendy Hamilton, who had successfully built up the business over the 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 of the all important accounts and helping Alex. in the office during the week.
Alex. Dunn
Chief Instructor Sail and Office Manager
Alex. has worked for many years in the corporate world in senior management positions, 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. Alex. has worked all over Europe teaching people to sail and race. While she still loves to teach and does head out teaching and skippering for us, she is primarily based in the office managing the charter bookings, the website and Seafin events. Alex. can be seen out most weekends in the Solent as her other love is Stand Up Paddleboarding.
Steph Banham
Senior Administrator
Steph recently joined the team as Senior Administrator supporting Alex. Steph is very customer-focused and has experience of managing race boats. Previously, Steph was the Executive Director of the International 29er Class, the youth skiff that feeds the Olympic 49er. Steph is passionate about the sport and enjoys both inshore racing aroung the cans in the Solent and offshore racing and has clocked up 5000 nautical miles. Other loves include open water swimming (even in the winter with no wetsuit!) and paddleboarding!
Steph Watts
Administration Assistant
Steph is one of our part-time administrators usually in the office on Wednesday and Thursday. Working closely with Alex, she provides support for the business's day-to-day running. Dealing with new bookings and compiling the weekly yacht paperwork , Steph helps to ensure the smooth running of the office and gives us lots of laughs in the process. Steph is also a keen yacht racer and enjoys the offshore scene and is normally at the pointy end which is not for the faint hearted! It has confused us all now that we have Steph's to contend with!
Natasha Fairbrother
Marketing and Administration Assistant
Natasha concentrates on our newsletters, marketing, and social media and gets involved with everything else too! With over 10 years of experience within the banking sector and healthcare sectors her most recent work was with one of the UK’s largest charities. Her creativity and passion shine through her photography and she has worked with brands both locally and regionally creating content for websites, social media, and e-commerce.
Andy Nock
Fleet Technical Manager
Andy has worked in the marine industry for many years and has a wealth of experience in maintaining yachts and professional customer handovers (he even has a Level 2 City & Guilds in Customer Service)! Andy works with the rest of the fleet team to manage the ever busy and changeable schedule of ensures our yachts are maintained and serviced to the highest of standards. Andy is experienced in coding yachts and knows his stuff when it comes to ensuring the boats comply with regulations. You can also see Andy as the star of our handover videos! You can also see Andy as the star of our handover videos!
Lee Gallacher
Chief Instructor Power and 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.
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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