But that all changed after her imagination was captured by the BT Global Yacht Challenge and on 10 September 2000 she set off on an amazing adventure which involved sailing the wrong way around the world - all the more incredible because up to that point she had never sailed a yacht before.
Not only did she complete her 30,000 mile circumnavigation of the globe last year but she raised an enormous £50,000 for charity. Babs has also trekked in Nepal with Ingrid Tarrant, wife of Chris, for the Children's Charity and is planning many other equally challenging projects in the future.
In 2003 she embarked on two new challenges of human endurance – in January she spent two weeks with a Guyana Jungle Expedition where she was part of a 24 strong team who successfully attempted to build a wilderness research post in the Iwokarma forest reserve.
In April Babs entered a gruelling Polar Race, as a part of a team of three, from Resolute Bay to the North Magnetic Pole. She and her team mates walked and dragged a Pulk 350 nautical miles from Resolute high in the Canadian Arctic.
They reached The Pole at 22.30 on May 1st - the journey took Babs and her Team ViP3 about 20 days. She says it was her toughest challenge to date.