Phillippa Hutton-Squire

Phillippa is a strong and motivated individual with an extensive knowledge in the yachting industry; Phillippa is the last female to skipper a race boat double handed around the world, receiving the ‘Best Sailor’ and ‘Spirit of the Race’ Awards. Phillippa is an enthusiastic and friendly female with good communication skills. In the last few years Phillippa has worked and sailed on various boats from Mini 6.50 to an IMOCA 60. This has extensively developed Phillippa’s organisational skills and knowledge for the ocean and racing boats with over 100 000 ocean miles. Phillippa is currently working at Southern Ropes on the South Coast of the UK.

Personal Info

DoB: 25/5/83

Born: Cape Town

Currently living: Hamble

Q + A

First sailing experience?

When I was about 8 years old I was sailing Optimists and by 13 I had done my first 60nm race offshore.

When did you know you wanted sailing to be a career?

About 10 years ago when I was working in a kitchen and not getting enough fresh air.

What do you love most about sailing?

The Challenge.

What has sailing taught you?

I never stop learning.

How do you keep going when you’re on the limit?

The sheer thrill of pushing hard when you are on the edge.

  • A little something that keeps me going: Live life on the edge otherwise you take up too much space and you are not pushing the limits far enough.

How do you spend your time when not sailing?

Dream about the next challenge.

Who has inspired you the most?

Isabelle Autissier

Isabelle has been talked about in our house since I was very small. Dad read her books and talked about her when she sailed into Cape Town…. If she could do it so could I and it was always a dream to sail around the world like she did and then I did it!! My dream came true 😉

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