What do you do when you win a yacht but don't know how to sail?

Millington boat winner

The Daily Echo. 

What do you do when you win a yacht? Well, first thing’s first, you learn how to sail it.

On a whim Anna Millington, 29, decided to enter the competition to win the 23ft vessel when she visited the Southampton Boat Show last year. She was over the moon when she won the Hantu Biru, a restored Snapdragon 23’, but was then faced with the dilemma of what to do with it.

Anna said she could not believe it when she won the yacht and had been wanting to take up sailing since she tried it as a child and so she was presented with the opportunity to do so.

She said: “I had never been on a yacht before, only dinghies where I was told what to do. But we were both keen to try sailing. So winning Hantu Biru was serendipitous.”

Anna, and electronic engineer, and her partner Andrew Ellison set about reading sailing books and signed up to a sailing course. Before long they were taking lessons on the RYA Competent Crew practical course with Southampton-based Universal Yachting, on the River Hamble.

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