my 2020 Vendee Globe Campaign has just become real
The latest stage of my campaign has burst into life this November with the news that I have secured an IMOCA 60 to race over the next two years. Training will start in January 2019 with Vendee Globe qualification expected later that year. Racing non-stop single-handed around the world is no mean feat and it has taken ten years of racing, training and progressive competition at international level to get to this point. But now I am ready to race, I have the boat, I have the skill, so lets bring on the Vendee Globe Race 2020
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)
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.”
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
April 2019 Ofﬁcial Launch and announcement of charity partner
June 2019 Round the Island Race - UK
August 2019 Fastnet Race
November 2019 Transat Jacques Vabres Race - qualiﬁcation complete
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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Superbigou (my boat) is in great shape, she is ready to sail and training starts in January 2019.
Next year I have two objectives; to complete race qualiﬁcation and to secure a corporate sponsor for the Vendee Globe race. I need to work full time on the project to achieve these goals.
This year burning the candle at both ends has enabled me to make this campaign real. The support I have already received has been incredible and through plenty of hard graft and a lot of good will I have resourced the initial take-over of the boat, funded measurement fees to gain certiﬁcation for the boat to race and covered the set-up costs for the campaign. To keep this pace up I now need to dedicate all of my time to training and ﬁnding a few big sponsors to support and be involved in the campaign. I genuinely believe this is a hugely exciting opportunity for the right organisation but I am very aware it isn’t going to just land at my feet.
At this stage, any donations to my campaign will help me honour my monthly commitments to keep Superbigou aﬂoat. Just owning a competitive boat is no small order and I must cover charter fees, mooring and insurance which is just over £4000 a month. By way if context, If 2000 of my supporters were to make a one-off donation of £50 this would cover my base level costs for the entire campaign length. This would allow me to devote all my time into delivering the competitive and exciting race I know I am capable of.