Going Solo

Just grabbing an hour between unpacking from Poole Harbour boat show and re-packing for my Level 4 Clipper Race training, in order to tell you about an inspiring person I met at the boat show over the weekend; Pip Hare.

In November 2020, Pip will be racing around the world, non-stop and single handed in the Vendee Globe Race. That’s the same race that the likes of Ellen MacArthur and Dee Caffari have also competed in. Pip’s racing yacht was moored alongside Ocean Youth Trust’s boat, Prolific – they couldn’t have been two more contrasting ocean-going vessels in many ways!

When I stepped aboard Pip’s ocean racing yacht, I was immediately blown-away by it’s simplicity. These photos I took do not do justice to quite how bare and stripped out her yacht is and, therefore, how mentally and emotionally challenging her race will be for her, as there’s no allowance for comforts. Seeing Pip’s yacht is the only time I have thought the Clipper 70s are luxurious (relatively speaking).

Pip’s ocean racing yacht for the Vendee Globe
She will have to operate the deck all alone and in some conditions that will take courage and fortitude beyond measure. I cannot even begin to comprehend…
Pip’s sleeping arrangements twenty precious minutes at any one time!
Pip’s galley! Re-hydrated rations all the way; yum, yum. No ‘pick-me-up’ meals onboard then!
That bucket is her toilet!
More electric and comms equipment than domestic, that’s for sure.
Zipped up behind that plastic could offer a teeny bit of protection from the elements I suppose.
I endorse the sentiment on Pip’s notebook!

Given I will have shortly returned from my own inaugural ocean racing experience, I will be fully-supporting and following Pip as she heads off next November. Where for me, one of the challenges of the Clipper RTW Race will be living in cramped conditions with others (i.e. no privacy), her challenge will be the opposite; almost too much privacy with very little interaction with other people. I am in awe of what she’s embarking upon.

No help, no stops, no turning back.

Follow and support Pip’s race and Vendee Globe race campaign at: https://www.piphareoceanracing.com/ @pipoceanracing