Woolverstone Project’s Cruising Conference gets off to flying start

Hannah Stodel at the Fox's Cruising Conference
posted on 11th March 2018 within

The Woolverstone Project’s first Cruising Conference, ‘We Do Mean to Go to Sea’ got off to a flying start today with nearly 200 people arriving at the Royal Hospital School in Suffolk, for a day of key note talks and practical seminars aimed at helping those attending to get more out of their cruising .

The event commenced with an opening talk from boating on a budget evangelist and Practical Boat Owner columnist, Dave Selby who was followed by RYA Yachtmaster of the Year and four times Paralympian sailor, Hannah Stodel who is campaigning to be the first disabled sailor to compete in the single-handed Vendée Globe in 2020. The event concluded with writer and broadcaster, Paul Heiney relating tales from his 18000 nm round trip from the UK, which included a single-handed crossing of the Atlantic and passage to Cape Horn.

Throughout the day delegates, who arrived from across the UK, took part in various seminars led by experts in their field, including those from the Fox’s Marina & Boatyard team who presented courses on: Using and splicing modern ropes; Rigging your boat for faster cruising and Developments in modern technology – how to get the best from your instruments. We were very grateful to have the support of major electronics supplier Raymarine who attended with working displays.

Fox’s was delighted to support the Woolverstone Project in organising this first Cruising Conference, with all proceeds from the day going directly to provide sailing opportunities for those with disabilities.

See more information about the Woolverstone Project.