Sailing at the Heart of the Norfolk Broads

Roger Hannant

Roger Hannant

Senior Instructor: Dinghy, Keelboat

I learnt to sail when I was 5 years old behind the shingle ridge at Snettisham and I remember my grandmother holding the painter as I sailed around the shallow water. My father also used to sail going to events across the country so I was carted around with the family to watch him. When I was 14 I sailed a 420 at Hickling progressing to a laser when I was 16. There were a few years when life seemed to get in the way of sailing but then a friend introduced me to coastal cruising and I sailed about 5000 sea miles; re-igniting my passion for sailing. I bought myself a sea cruiser, keeping it at Horning, and did my RYA day skipper and coastal skipper theory and practical, along with my Yacht Master Qualification and VHF license. One of the most memorable times was sailing the aptly named boat “Westerly Storm” across the Bay of Biscay when there were 42ft waves! When I wasn’t sailing at sea I used to watch all the dinghies at Horning and about 5 years ago I decided to re-live my youth, racing lasers and any other dinghies that were available. The nature of this led to me doing my Dinghy and Keelboat Instructor and Race Coach qualifications alongside all the necessary power boat, safety boat and first aid courses and I am now teaching the racing groups at the training centre.

Boat: Smoke on the Water (Laser)
Like: Red Bull
Dislikes: No wind when sailing!