VENDEE GLOBE CAMPAIGN

A single-handed race around the world.
No help.
No stops.
No turning back.

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LATEST NEWS

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.

PIP
HARE

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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.

An Athlete

- 2 World first endurance records

- Winner of multiple international yacht races

- Twenty years of experience ocean racing

A Voice

- 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

A Teacher

- Professional coach – training international sailors for world class events

- Online videos – author and presenter of Sail Faster Sail Safer

(views in millions)

 
 
 

THE
TEAM

 
 
 
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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.

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Pip Hare

Skipper & Race Manager

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Paul Peggs

Shore Manager

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Chris Adams

Campaign Director

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Paul Larsen

Co-Skipper / Training Partner


 

Campaign Ambassadors

This fantastic group of global voices amplify the core values and messaging of the campaign, creating maximum coverage, attention and excitement.

Campaign Board

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.

 

 
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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.’

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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.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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BRING YOUR BRAND ONBOARD WITH THE MOST CHALLENGING RACE ON EARTH.

 
 
 

THE
RACE

 
 
 
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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.

Timeline

October 2018 Take ownership of IMOCA 60 Superbigou and announce campaign

January 2019 Training begins

May 2019 Bermudes 1000 Race - Vendee Globe Qualification

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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