Ed Hill

“Joining the Academy is such a fantastic opportunity as it provides the support and coaching needed to really have a crack at the French and make an impact in the solo offshore sailing world. It means a hell of a lot to me to have been selected for the 2013 squad, I really wanted this opportunity and I now am desperate to try and show my potential and get into solo sailing. My aims for the season are to firstly learn as much as possible and really push myself and secondly to compete in the Solitiare du Figaro, but not to just compete but to be competitive. I don’t want to just make up numbers but want to make an impact, whether that’s in the rookie standings or whatever, I want to repay the trust that the selectors have put in me!”

Edmund Hill
D.O.B: 11/05/83
Hometown: Southampton, Hampshire
Nickname: 'Ed'
Status: Full time Development Squad member

What is your best sailing achievement?
Winning the Newport-Bermuda Race.

What has been your scariest moment on the water?
Hitting a sunfish the size of a mini cooper at 20knots!

If I wasn’t a sailor I would be…
A politician!

Who has had the biggest influence on your career to date?
Too many people to name, probably the helpers at my local sailing club in Blithfield when I turned up and could not sail!

Who has been your sailing inspiration?
Everyone in front of me has made me desperate to beat them!!

When I'm not sailing you'll find me...
Relaxing, playing cricket, watching sport and enjoying good food and drink.

What are the top three races that you have competed in?
1.Sydney Hobart - 3rd in class
2.Round Britain and Ireland - 4th overall
3.Newport - Hamburg transatlantic race -2nd overall

Three words to depict your personality?
Ambitious, Driven and  honest!! 

List your top three things about short-handed sailing?
1.  There’s no one else to blame
2.  You're in control (or not as the case may be)
3.  It’s hard but rewarding

What makes a short-handed sailor tick?
I hope it’s determination, skill and a bit of stubbornness.

What attracts you to solo/short-handed sailing?
Being able to run my own campaign and be accountable for everything, also the amazing level of sailing in France in the Figaro Class and bigger solo boats.


  • Age:11-05-83 Age:30
  • Hometown:Southampton, Hampshire
  • Status:Development Squad
  • Time spent with Academy:2013