Pip and Paul Smash the Fastnet
Just 24hrs in Pip Hare and Paul Larsen were leading the IMOCA class in this year’s Fastnet Race. It was totally unexpected and made for some great race tracking.
Following a tactical decision to stay inshore, Pip and Paul took the lead less than 12 hours into the race and held the fleet off until rounding the Scilly Isles the following lunchtime. From onboard Pip reported, “Seeing us first monohull under line honours was like – WOW! Completely unexpected! And then to still be in this position this morning... We can see Banque Populaire behind us and of course all the fleet is coming in to meet us and I don’t imagine they’ll put up with us forever ahead for much longer…”
Paul Larsen added: “It’s been pretty good! I wonder what all those boats have been up to over there, parked up! Those foilers go fast but will escape again, so we’ll get all our photos up today. I hope you’re enjoying it because we certainly are!”
Eventually the newer, quicker boats over took the pair but they maintained a fight to the end finishing 14th in Class and 26th on line honours in this iconic event. Watch the post race interview with a jubilant and happy Pip here.
I am Pip Hare. In 2020, I will enter the world’s toughest single-handed yacht race with the ambition of breaking the current female record. Over ten years of preparation have led me to this point and the journey has not been easy.
- 2 World first endurance records
- Winner of multiple international yacht races
- Twenty years of experience ocean racing
- Speaker - inspirational, motivational, engaging
- Journalist - in print and online with international readership
- Spokesperson - on message and passionate, experienced in TV and Radio, able to give interviews in English, French and Spanish
- Blogger - revealing the human story behind extreme sports
- Professional coach – training international sailors for world class events
- Online videos – author and presenter of Sail Faster Sail Safer
(views in millions)
I have dedicated ten years of my life to gaining the skills required for racing a 60ft yacht around the world.
When the opportunity to charter Superbigou came up I knew I was physically and mentally reading for this remarkable race and so I grabbed the boat with boat hands and vowed to make it work.
Starting without a title sponsor already secured was an audacious move, and every month I need to raise enough money to cover my running costs and enable me to get out on the water and physically demonstrate to potential sponsors what I am capable of.
If you are inspired by my vision and this campaign you can help me get to the start line by donating to my crowd fund, helping me to keep training and preparing while we talk to potential sponsors. Every donation will go towards running the boat and every donation will make a difference.
I am blown away by how generous people have already been and how humbled to have such support. We are having some great conversations with corporate sponsors, but all these meetings take time and in the meantime this crowdfund is making all the difference.
It might be a solo race, but there is a wealth of skill and experience working with me to make this campaign happen.
The Operations Team
This team will support in me in the physical delivery of all the core activities of both race activities and supporting work including funding and logistics.
Skipper & Race Manager
Co-Skipper / Training Partner
This fantastic group of global voices amplify the core values and messaging of the campaign, creating maximum coverage, attention and excitement.
The board provides governance and oversight of the core activities to ensure the whole end to end campaign is delivered in an eﬀective, professional and competitive manner.
Campaign Ambassador Dr Elin Haf Davies, founder and CEO of digital health company with a passion for endurance sport and adventure.
‘Pip has always impressed me with her can do attitude. Her sailing success to date speaks for itself but her curiosity to continuously learn and push new boundaries always inspires.
My only concern regarding her racing in the Vendee is that I can’t go with her. Which seems very unfair. I’ll be cheering and championing for her success all the way around knowing that she’ll smash it in true Pip like fashion.’
Campaign Board member Tom Hill serves as Chief Executive Ofﬁcer of UBS Jersey at UBS Group AG. Tom is an accomplished sailor and ﬁrst met Pip at a sailing regatta in Jersey. As part of the campaign board Tom will provide governance and guidance on the funding and ﬁnancial elements of Pip’s campaign.
“I am delighted to be involved in this campaign, which is a major event in British single handed offshore sailing. Pip has a tremendous record in numerous races, the tougher the better, achieved through amazing strength of character, and the Vendee entry comes at the ideal time in her career.”
BRING YOUR BRAND ONBOARD WITH THE MOST CHALLENGING RACE ON EARTH.
A 24,000 mile race, circumnavigating the world, alone. 60 ft high performance racing yachts.
The world’s most elite offshore racers.
The earth’s most hostile environments.
Since its inception in 1989, fewer than 100 international skippers have completed the race. By comparison, that is less than 3% of the total number of people who have climbed Everest! (5000 climbers)
Only 5 women in history, and fewer than 10 British skippers in total have ever finished the race.
October 2018 Take ownership of IMOCA 60 Superbigou and announce campaign
January 2019 Training begins
June 2019 Round the Island Race - UK
August 2019 Fastnet Race
November 2019 Transat Jacques Vabres Race
May 2020 Transat Bakerly - Single handed Trans-atlantic Race
June 2020 NY Vendee - Single handed Trans-atlantic Race
November 2020 Vendee Globe Start
February 2021 Vendee Globe Finish
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