Pip Hare's Journey
Charting a course for change
What if your dream is to sail non-stop, alone, for nearly three months, in some of the most isolated, unforgiving waters of the world? To have unrelenting salty sea air barrage your face and serve as the power to guide your sails into the unknown? It is physical distancing taken to extremes.
Record-setting dreams backed by grit and determination
That is the dream for Pip Hare, currently preparing for the Vendée Globe race, a solo, non-stop round-the-world yacht race setting sail Sunday, Nov. 8.
Since 1989, there have only been seven women who have attempted the race, one of the world’s most extreme tests of endurance, problem-solving ability, and emotional resilience. Pip will become the eighth. And for her, it’s not just about completing the race:
Pip plans to beat the female record for the Vendée Globe, racing single-handed around the world with no help, no stops, and no turning back.
As a female in the male-dominated sailing yacht industry, Pip faces constant scrutiny. She may be underestimated, but she will not be deterred.
Pip is empowered and determined — to challenge the status quo, refusing to allow others’ assumptions to hold her back. Pip has stored up every “no,” she’s remembered every “can’t be done” and “that’s impossible” she’s heard throughout her career, saving them for this moment. This race is about Pip refusing to accept the limitations placed on her. Instead, she will take the helm and let her determination drive her, breaking down barriers to create meaningful change in the sailing industry and open doors for others.
It is this spirit, this enduring desire to set a goal, focus, and work dynamically as conditions change to cross the finish line, that drives us at Smartsheet. We feel the same determination from you — our customers, the can-doers, who believe anything is possible.
That’s why we’re sponsoring Pip and supporting her mission in the Vendée Globe race.
This sponsorship is dedicated to you and to anyone who dares to dream.
“I want to compete in the Vendée Globe because it is one of the toughest sporting events on the planet, and men and women of all ages and backgrounds compete on equal terms. I believe so much in actions over words. If you want to know what I’m capable of, then look. And watch. I know that I’m capable of a hell of a lot more than anybody ever thinks when they look at me.”
— Pip Hare
A boat built for a journey to achievement
The Medallia, an International Monohull Open Class Association (IMOCA) class boat, was built by sailor Bernard Stamm. Its history includes previous Vendée Globe attempts in 2000 and 2016, as well as other sailing races, proving its ability to handle the challenging conditions it will face.
In October 2018, Pip took ownership of the boat and completed her inaugural sail in February 2019, her first experience onboard an IMOCA. The boat underwent an extensive refit earlier this year to prepare for dynamic conditions faced in the race.
The really important thing to remember is there’s a big difference between ‘alone’ and being lonely. I don’t feel lonely, because I’ve got so many people behind me, supporting me, who care about me, who are watching me.