Launched in 2016, Wetwheels Hamble became the third regional operator for the national disability power boating charity Wetwheels Foundation. It is community interest company no. 12770886.

    Wetwheels Hamble has her home at MDL's Mercury Yacht Harbour in Hamble, so is perfectly positioned to operate across the Southampton region, the Isle of Wight and the South Coast.

    The Wetwheels experience is designed to enable every disabled person the chance to experience the excitement of power boating. Wetwheels boats are truly unique by being fully accessible - not just giving you the chance to be a passenger, but also to take the helm as the skipper - everybody gets the chance to drive!

    We depend on the goodwill of our wonderfully experienced volunteers and generous donors to bring Wetwheels to you. If you would like to be part of a Wetwheels experience, it doesn't matter if you're young or old; Just get in touch with Suez in the office to arrange your visit.

    The Wetwheels team look forward to welcoming you aboard.

    If you wish to make a donation to support Wetwheels Hamble, please follow the link below:

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    Jennie Austin

    Director

    Jennie joined WWH as a director in August 2018 having previously been involved in fundraising for the boat. She now overseas the running of businesses, with key focus on finance and fundraising activity.

     

    Jennie has lived in Hamble for nearly 20 years, having been drawn here by yacht racing at weekends, she loved the village and stayed.

     

    She is now semi retired after over 30 years in the ‘City’, and aside from spending time with Wetwheels, she sits on the Investment Committee of the pension fund NEST, is a non-executive director of Epworth Investment Management Ltd and a member of the Central Finance Board of the Methodist Church.  

    Geoff Hamble

    Geoff Holt MBE DL

    Director

    Geoff was paralysed in a swimming accident in 1984 and uses a wheelchair. In 1995 he became the inaugural Chairman of RYA Sailability. In 2007 he became the first disabled person to sail single-handed around Great Britain and in 2009 he sailed across the Atlantic Ocean unassisted. He was awarded an MBE for “Services to Disabled Sailing” in 2010 and named ‘Yachtsman of the Year’ shortly after. He was made a Deputy Lieutenant of Hampshire in 2012 and he is a Vice President of the RNLI. He is also a patron and ambassador for several charities for people with disabilities.

    Geoff has 20 years experience in marketing & PR working for international accountancy firms Deloitte and Coopers & Lybrand. He holds a degree in Antiques and Auctioneering. He is the author of 'Walking on Water' and is a professional Speaker. 

    He founded Wetwheels in 2011. 

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    Suezanne Tyrwhitt-Williams

    Director

    Suez joined WWH in June 2019, putting the excellent relationship management and operations experience that she gained from her 28 years in the yachting/marine industry to very good use. She was delighted to become a Director in October 2020.

    Suez has sailed her whole life, loves being on the water and feels taking to the sea is an adventure that all should be able to enjoy.

    Away from the water, Suez has a passion for Pilates and is a qualified instructor; she loves helping people improve their fitness and general wellbeing. Active in the Girl Guide and Scouting movement for 16 years she gained her Queens Guide Award, and as a Sea Ranger regularly volunteered for the STA where she experienced sailing on the Malcolm Miller.

    Suez will be your first point of contact at Wetwheels Hamble, ready at the end of the phone to accommodate all your booking needs, so you can enjoy the Wetwheels Experience and make special new memories.

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    Iain James

    Director

    Hailing from the West of Scotland Iain originally qualified as a deep-sea Marine Engineer on Oil Tankers. He spent the last 35 years in Technical & Leadership roles within the manufacturing and process sectors living and working throughout the UK & Republic of Ireland.

    In the voluntary sectors he has experience in education, local representation, and judicial systems. 

    Being an Engineer, Iain is Wetwheels Hamble’s “oily rag” focusing on the technical aspects of the boat along with fundraising and crewing.

    “Wetwheels enables disabled participants and their carers the restorative, olfactory, auditory, and calming sensory experience of being on the water. In addition to the excitement of traveling at speed across the sea.”

    “My sister had a profound physical and cognitive development disability and seeing at first hand the sheer joy the Wetwheels Experience brings to participants with similar challenges is incredible.”

    “My sister would have loved it!“

     

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    Ian Fiddaman

    Director

    Ian Fiddaman opted out of the commercial rat race in 2000 to pursue a professional career afloat specialising in rescue & safety.

    He lives & works on Hayling Island where he is the Senior Powerboat & First Aid Instructor at Hayling Island Sailing Club.

    During the past 20 years he spent 10 years volunteering as Helm of the local lifeboat and 15 years as Rescue Officer with the Island Coastguard.

    He was the longest serving member of staff on the Extreme Sailing Series in which his 13 years culminated as Safety Officer for the trans global circuit of foiling catamarans.

    His role with Wetwheels Hamble is Skipper and Trainer. “Its a phenomenal program, utterly humbling and absolutely brilliant being able to take so many people afloat”.

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    Mercury Yacht Harbour and Holiday Park
    Satchell Lane
    Hamble
    Hampshire
    SO31 4HQ
    07733944321office@wetwheelshamble.co.uk