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No ...at the off I was firmly rooting for Alex, but after his departure I started taking interest in other competitors and have followed the race more ‘holistically’ rather than just seeing what Alex was doing each day
I completely adore Pip
I heard her interviewed on Vendée live this lunchtime. It is the port rudder that is damaged, but she does has a spare. She is on port tack, so has been able to disconnect it from the starboard rudder which is doing the work at the minute. The issue is now being able to find a moment to do the job of changing it (this was also a repair that Alain Roura successfully performed on the same boat in the last Vendée Globe). It won't be easy in the conditions.Pip Hare rudder issues. Spotted her boat speed dropping last night. My fingers crossed she can remedy it.
Job done I gather.Fair credit to her. Not sure I’d crack something like that on my 18ftr alongside a pontoon. Imagine doing it in at 56 degrees south, 6 degrees water temp and other-than-flat-calm. Oh, and on your own.
Her boat speed’s hovering around 1 knot so I assume she’s going for it now, though tracker says 5m waves and 20kts of wind. Double jeepers.
Fingers still crossed.
It's funny, and sometimes a little frustrating, the way the rest of the sailing world has taken so long to wake up to what those of us who know Pip and have sailed with her have known for a very long time.People in France are really starting to sit up and take notice of Pip; I have had French friends commenting on how well she is doing.
On last week's Vendée Live, Alain Gautier said that the two competitors who had most impressed him in this VG have been Damien Seguin and Pip Hare, and today on the same programme Swiss sailor Bernard Stamm (who built Pip's boat) said that she is his hero.
Agreed. I also like Romain Attanasio (aka Mr Sam Davies) who has also been having a very good race in quite an old boat. He comes across on his videos as a very pleasant and engaging guy.Personally I'd add Clarisse Cremer and Armel Tripon to the list of sailors I wasn't really very aware of before who have impressed me this Vendee. Clarisse for her performance as a rookie in an old boat and superb videos, and Armel because of his comeback, and the fact that he seems to be the happiest man on the planet.
This race is just amazing though, so many phenomenal stories coming out of it.
edited with iMovie. She had a bit of trouble with the default title frames but I'm not going to hold that against her. Brilliant effort!Her latest video shows Pip replacing the rudder at sea: www.youtube.com/watch?v=vi8KwOF6U44
The process seems to be something like this:
1. Set up cameras
2. Change the rudder
3. Get racing (not easy when it takes 25 minutes and superhuman effort just to hoist the mainsail)
4. Edit the video
5. Add subtitles
6. Compress the file so you can send it via satcomm
7. Maybe think about a bit of sleep...