Please select your home edition
Barton Marine 2019 728x90

Barton Thought for the Day: Christian Brewer following Pip Hare's epic Vendée Globe on 'Medallia'

by Christian Brewer 11 Jan 18:33 GMT
Pip Hare aboard Medallia © Pip Hare / Medallia

Here at Barton we have all been keenly following Pip Hare's race around the World in the Vendée Globe on 'Medallia'. We first met Pip when she put together her first Mini Transat campaign in 2012 with 'The Potting Shed'. Pip contacted us to ask if we could help equip her boat with deck hardware. It was clear that there was something special about Pip even then, so we were happy to kit her boat out with Barton gear.

Unlike most of her counterparts, Pip didn't rise through the ranks of the traditional performance racing pathway. Instead, Pip's journey has been very much one of helping others. From her teenage days volunteering with disabled sailors, to her coaching days at Sunsail. Her down to earth attitude is a breath of fresh air.

We have followed Pip's remarkable journey with interest, from the Minis to Open Class 40s, and now the IMOCA Medallia. Her drive and ambition is humbling, and we are honoured to think that the help that Barton gave back in 2012 has played a small part in helping Pip. Getting to the start line of the Vendée is a huge accomplishment in itself. The determination to overcome the odds, whilst maintaining her unique attitude is what we found sets Pip apart and this has clearly helped grow her fan base well beyond the team here at Barton.

As the top placed Brit, Pip has battled storms, lulls and recently some major boat issues. Her grit, determination and thorough preparedness has helped her through this. Sailing in the Vendée is unlike any sailing most of us will experience. Can you imagine switching out a damaged rudder blade, under sail and on your own in a place furthest from any civilisation on a 60ft yacht? Quite remarkable! Pip's race is made even tougher as she is racing an older style boat which doesn't benefit from some of the luxuries that the newer boats have such as a helming cuddy or in cockpit reefing.

With over 7000nm still to go, we at Barton are following her epic journey on her Facebook page and via the Vendée Globe Tracker and can't wait to congratulate her when she crosses the finish line.

Related Articles

Harry Newton at the NSSA National Youth Regatta
Barton Marine's 2021 Rising Star check in from the event Barton Marine's 2021 Rising Star, Sailor Harry, is competing this week at the National School Sailing Association's National Youth Regatta in Plymouth. Posted on 29 Jul
Barton Launch New and Improved Sliding Cleat
A cost-effective solution to fitting a mid-ship spring cleat with limited access Barton Marine have launched a robust new 32mm stainless steel sliding cleat replacing the previous cast aluminium version. Posted on 17 Jul
Barton Marine's Top Tips for Laserfest
Sailors from across the UK will descend on Whitstable this weekend This coming weekend, 10th - 11th July, Laser sailors from across the UK will descend on Whitstable for one of the sailing season's favourite Laser sailing events. Posted on 7 Jul
Barton Marine Appoint New Distributor in Thailand
Doug Smith and Ratt Natchaya place great importance on customer service "At Sail in Siam, we are delighted to be involved with Barton Marine and to represent them in Thailand. The brand attracts respect and stands for the same high standards that we aspire to," says Doug Smith - Business Manager. Posted on 2 Jul
Barton Marine - Our climate change commitment
Serious about the long-term welfare of our lands and oceans Barton Marine is serious about the long-term welfare of our lands and oceans. We are committed to ensuring climate change and environmental policies are front of mind when it comes to Barton's production and operations activities. Posted on 22 Jun
Barton Marine May Update
Yachts in the UK, EU and USA are now back in the water after a long lonely winter Barton's May Newsline hits the press at this incredibly busy time of year as yachts in the UK, EU and USA are now back in the water after a long lonely winter. Posted on 11 May
Barton Quick Cleat now available in White
Requested by power boat owners and sailors alike Requested by power boat owners and sailors alike, Barton Marine announces the launch of the new White Quick Cleat that holds and locks lines up to 10mm and loads up to 70kg. Posted on 10 May
Happy Easter from the Barton Team
Spring has arrived in the northern hemisphere! Spring has arrived in the northern hemisphere. Boats are getting back on the water and the racing scene is finally hotting up again. Vaccinations are being rolled out and we are all hopeful for a great season out on the water. Posted on 5 Apr
Barton Dinghy Show Round Up
Time flies when you are having fun! So in the blink of an eye, the Dinghy Show weekend came and went again. Time flies when you are having fun and what a great weekend it was! Many thanks to everyone who attended and asked questions to our stand team. Posted on 7 Mar
Barton Laser Kits now legal for the Laser Class
A great new option for sailors looking for lightweight, free-running gear Barton Marine's Laser kits have now been approved as class legal for the Laser Class, providing a great new option for sailors looking for lightweight, free-running gear to upgrade their one design Laser. Posted on 1 Mar