Pip Hare and the Vendee Globe

Pip Hare has been a professional yachtsman all her life. She started sailing when she left school at 18 and has had a sailing career spanning 30 years. She has been a yachting journalist, author and motivational speaker as well as taking part in a wide range of offshore and ocean races. She has competed in the Fastnet Race, the Transat Jaques Vabreand in 2017 the Three Peaks Race. Her now legendary determination was evident in that race as her team came third despite Pip breaking her ankle 6 miles from the finish.

Fewer than 100 people and only 8 women have ever managed to sail non-stop around the globe and as one of those people, Pip rose to public prominence in the 2020 Vendee Globe through her open and honest commentary as she sailed around the world. She didn’t shy away from revealing the problems she was having but showed her true grit and determination throughout, not least when changing her rudder in the middle of the southern ocean. She famously received a message from Hollywood actor Russell Crowe on her birthday during the race. She completed the race in 95 days, 11 hours and 37 minutes while competing in the event’s second oldest boat.

She now has a new boat, previously the IMOCA Bureau Vallée 2. This is the boat which Louis Burton sailed to third place in the 2021 Vendée Globe.