Sailingfast Team Riders

Hattie Rogers

What is your age?

What are you studying, or what did you study?

I completed my first class Master’s degree in Ship Science Engineering in July 2022 at The University of Southampton.

What do you sail?

I sail an International Moth (Exocet), WASZP and the AC40 for Athena Pathway leading to the Youth and Women’s America’s Cup. Aside from foiling, I absolutely love the Etchells, J80 and Contessa 26 classes.

Where do you sail?

All over really. For the winter we typically head down to Spain, but in the UK WPNSA is my base. Occasionally I sail at home on the Solent, but events can take me almost anywhere including Dubai, Australia and New Zealand.

Who introduced you to sailing?

I grew up sailing on the Solent in Contessas and scows with my Grandpa and Dad. I then moved to sailing an Optimist in the Salterns and was a regular member of the renowned Wednesday Junior Sailing Club at the Royal Lymington Yacht Club. Following the Optimist, I went into the 29er.

Hattie Rogers up close in the WASZP


Do you have a role model/inspirational person that you follow? If so, why do you find them inspirational?

I have three really important role models. Firstly, my Dad. I’ll never forget how calm and patient he was with me learning to sail. I’ve always really looked up to his style of sailing.
Hannah Mills has always been a role model. She is known for saying “it’s no longer acceptable to just be an athlete” which is really important and I hugely respect how she has used her status and voice to educate, particularly children, on the topic of sustainability in connection with the oceans. Aside
from that, she is the most successful female sailing Olympian of all time and is dedicating now a lot of her time to carving the pathway for youth and female sailors with the Athena Pathway.
Ben Ainslie is clearly another role model of mine. I remember back to the Optimist National Championships in Largs in 2009 where he came to do a talk. He said, “always remember to hit the
reset button when things don’t go right” and I’ve never forgotten that bit of advice and as a result, take one race at a time. In 2013 when he also went on to win the America’s Cup with the US team- BMW Oracle with a remarkable comeback from 8-1 down.

What would be your best advice or top tips for younger sailors or new sailors?

    – Keep loving your sailing
    – Say yes to every opportunity you can, you never know what could come of it.
    – Give yourself time. Unlike some other sports where your career is over in your 20’s, sailing is a long game. I remember when I was 16, I attended a SportsAid athlete day where they emphasised there being no rush. You can opt to do a degree and then go full time.

Quickfire Questions

Tell us something about you that no one else knows

absolutely love hockey. I played right up until third year of university. From the age of 13, I played for the Hampshire County Hockey team until I decided to commit to sailing.


What’s your superpower?

Time management. This is so important for any athlete trying to squeeze lots into the day.

What bit of sailing kit can you not live without? And why?

This would 100% have to be my Zhik Superwarm X wetsuit. Some friends always joke that I wear it all year round but by changing the layering underneath it works well for me.

What’s your ultimate dream?

    – Shorter term: To win the Youth and Women’s America’s Cup
    – Longer term: To win the America’s Cup and SailGP circuit

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