Photo Credit - Katie Jackson SB20 Class Association

HelenaL_250 Helena’s Profile Helena won Gold at London 2012 in the 2.4mR Paralympic Class. She was born in April 1975, in Redhill Surrey Helena started sailing at age eight at Hedgecourt Lake in a Mirror Dinghy. She has sailed in the 2.4mR class for nine years and in an SB20 for two months.

An interview with Helena Lucas



Harken Sailor Helena Lucas

Earlier this year Harken sailor and Olympic Gold Medallist Helena Lucas found a few minutes spare in her busy schedule to help us with a few questions.

Harken have sponsored Helena throughout her career in her 2.4mR and in her SB20 campaign this summer. 

Facts about Helena

Sailing Club: Royal Southampton Yacht Club

The weirdest boat you have every sailed:Sunfish

Other Interests - Not sailing:Cycling, Skiing

Helena's comments about Harken:  

Great reliable products, always on the cutting edge of technology and seeking ways to make products lighter and stronger.

Questions & Answers

Harken: Who taught you to sail?     

Helena: Initially my parents, then club members from Crawley Mariners at Junior helm week

Harken: What has been your biggest sailing cock up so far?     

Helena: Finishing 7th at the Beijing Games

Harken: How do you service your Harken products?  

Helena: I make sure all the fittings are rinsed with fresh water after sailing.  Every now and then give them a spray with McLube

Harken: For what applications to do feel Soft Attachment blocks are most useful?                

Helena: Good for the mainsheet block on the traveller

Harken: What are the key advantages and pitfalls of using the soft attach block range?     

Helena: Light weight, allows the block to sit at the angle it wants, just need to keep an eye on the loop wearing through after a period of time

Harken: What has been your most life changing experience?  

Helena: Winning my Gold Medal

Harken: What has been your most embarrassing moment?      

Helena: Falling down the stairs whilst talking to Sir Chris Hoy and him having to catch me

Harken: Now you have won Gold what is your lifelong ambition?            

Helena: To win another one in Rio and be the first double Gold medallist in sailing at the Paralympics


Helena is sponsored by: Volvo, Harken, Charles Russell, Henri Lloyd

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