Sarah served with the Woman’s Royal Navy Service (WRNS) from 1982 and before going to Sandhurst to train as an Army Officer.

Having spotted a small advert in Yachts and Yachting for crew wanted for Maiden, with leave of absence granted by the Army, she joined the team as reserve crew nine months before the race.

Sarah has been a keen dinghy and offshore racing sailor throughout her life.

After the race, Sarah continued to race with the Army offshore team and racing a variety of other boats including their Nordic Folkboat.


She has lived and worked in Kiel, Germany, London, Suffolk and Cyprus. A brief foray away from sailing saw her working with one of the City of London Livery Companies, the Worshipful Company of Saddlers, which only served to encourage her two daughters’ passion for riding, and she now spends her spare time, along with Simon her husband, as groom and horse transporter.

Sarah has three children, two who have sailed in the GBR Junior and Youth teams and the third who prefers to be on horseback. 

Sarah currently runs the sailing and powerboat training at Aldeburgh Yacht Club in Suffolk.

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