WOKC is a very special event, run entirely by volunteers, we are now in our 10th Year and the event keeps on growing. We are delighted that WOKC has managed to become a very special thing, at once inclusive and competitive with no shortage of fun.  If you are keen to get involved but don’t have a boat we have tried to formalise a crew and boat matching service on the website with our crew finder, however each year we help skippers and crew to meet and often to form life long friendships.  Thank- you all for your support and we look forwards to seeing you on the water

WOKC Team x

Jen Smyth


Jen joined the WOKC team in 2013 a mere 6 months after moving to Hamble. Initially helping as general support and charity liason, she took the helm in 2016 and hopes to see a record number of entries in 2018. A relative newbie to the sport, Jen started sailing in 2009 and swiftly fell in love with both inshore and offshore racing. Having moved from the cold North to the sunny South Coast she can mainly be found at the pointy end and loves coaching newcomers to racing at one of the local sailing schools.

Julie Fawcett


Part owner of Night Owl and driver of the wokc website, Julie brings too many years of experience to everything these days. Each year she kicks the regular NO2 crew off and fills up the boat with friends and compardres with the main aim of laughing as much as possible and ‘ getting round in one piece’. With Music.

Laura Dillon


Laura joined the WOKC team in 2015, having sailed in the event for many years with Louise Makin on Journeymaker II (J111) and Journeymaker (J105). Laura also helms Winsome, an S&S41, with a great team of Dutch sailors that she has sailed with in Cowes for 5 years. Laura is a member of the RORC Main Committee and is very keen to encourage more female sailors to join RORC. Laura is also currently enjoying sailing dragons.

Sarah McColl


Sarah joined the WOKC team in 2016, having competed in a few editions of the event. She caught the racing bug 7 years ago and competes regularly as a trimmer/pit/nav on keelboats in a mixture of inshore and offshore events in the UK and France as well as indulging in a bit of racing back in her sunny homeland of Australia. Sarah has close connections with Hamble River Sailing Club as well as a great eye for detail, and uses these skills in her Sponsor and Club Liaison role.