VENDEE GLOBE IMOCA BOAT TOUR! Check out Pip Hare’s 60ft Racing Yacht up close!

VENDEE GLOBE IMOCA BOAT TOUR! Check out Pip Hare’s 60ft Racing Yacht up close!


I’m Pip Hare and we are here on board my IMOCA superbigou which is the boat i’m going to race in next years Vendee Globe and i’d just like to give you a bit of a tour around. So i’m currently standing on the aft deck my tiller’s there, most IMOCA’s now are are using tiller’s to steer rather than wheels If we step down into the cockpit So this is quite a small area and this is significantly different from pretty much all the other boats that i’m racing against so because my cockpit is so small it’s an older generation boat i don’t have a coffee grinder which means all of my winches are top grind which does make things a little bit challenging at times i do wish i had a coffee grinder and when i came back from my first race i had one bicep twice the size of the other one because i’d been holding on with one hand and winding on the other so i need to always remember to wind with both hands but in terms of sort of my my day to day trimming and that sort of thing i can do everything from this area here and it’s a really nice secure place to be So moving down here under here this is my cuddy so when the weather is really bad i can just sit behind here and close these down and it keeps me out of the wet and it’s really important for solo ocean racers its actually really important to stay as warm and as dry as possible. Now again in the more modern boats they’ve really really taken that concept and made it viable because all of the cockpits are enclosed and many of them are now actually trimming their sailing and steering from inside an enclosed position. Me , i i have to be out in the elements all the time unless im under here so i think by the time we’ve finished the Vendee some of the skippers are gonna come back without a tan even and im going to look fairly weathered So now we’ve come up to the bow and i’m just gonna talk you through what i use for head sails so , i am not going to use a J1 when i go round the world. So normally we would have our J1 permanent fixed to the forestay but actually when you think about the average wind going around the world i wouldn’t need to use my J1 that often and having the sail permanently fixed up there for me represents quite a risk because if anything happens to it let’s say for example it got damaged or it sort of started to half unfold when it was windy i would have to climb up the mast to get it down so just like Alan who used the boat before me in 2016 i’ve decided not to go for a J1 instead i’m using a J2 and J3 which i secure on halyard locks and they stay permanently up and furled on the foredeck and also the storm jib which flies from here is a racing sail aswell. My spinnaker’s , i have one furling spinnaker and all the rest are in snuffers, when i hoist and drop particularly the ones in the snuffers i start with them down in the hatch down here i fix up as much as i can in there i’ll hoist them out of there and then drop them down into there as well bag them and then if i’m going down-wind all of the sails have to be stacked onto the transom to keep the bow out anyway and that’s quite a job because my heaviest sail when its dry is 90 Kilos so getting that out of here is quite an effort and then finally if we look back here you can see the canard so again one of the differences that my boat has to the more modern boats is that i just have a single inline canard and they prefer twin canards twin daggerboards so this is four meters deep and any time that the keel is canted then i’ll use this to create lift. So now we’re down in my living accommodation and you know its the living because it’s painted magnolia so the rest of the boat is black carbon and this is the only part of the boat that has paint on it and this is where i will spend the majority of my time during the race i’ve got everything that i need here so i sleep on a beanbag and i have that on the floor sometimes i’ll take the beanbag into the cuddy and sleep outside all my electronics are come to this panel here so everything comes in there it’s nice and easy for me to access and its all really well laid out and i have redundancy across everything so i have two pilots, two rams, two wind instruments, two GPS so at any one time i can have one thing break down i can engage the second and that gives me time to fix the first but basically i’m starting the race with the idea that every single thing on the boat is going to break at some point and i need to be able to give myself time to fix it Under the steps here i have a jet boil so all of my food is freeze dried and my jet boils under there and then behind in the area behind here I’ve got a water maker which is thirty liters an hour so i’ll keep a reservoir of around thirty liters topped up all the time and i’m using that for drinking, and for cooking and also i will just be spraying my face regularly to get some of the salt off it In terms of the safety kit on board I’ve got a multiple different ways of calling for help so on either side of the companion here there are two EPIRBS and one of the things we have to do for the IMOCA rule is we have to have a dummy plug in the bottom of the boat so if the boat goes upside down we are able to put antennas for EPIRBS and SATCOMS through the bottom of the hull because of course carbon hull is gonna find it difficult to get any signal through and all of my stores and my spares and my tools they all get kept in the area under the cockpit here. Then if we just move forward here so climbing through this bolt head here in here is my engine room so i’ve got fuel tanks a water maker and a heater in here and then that’s also where i camp my keel so the other unusual thing about this boat is that i have a block and tackle system for canting my keel so it’s just ropes that go onto an electric winch I’m allowed to have a powered winch and that’s how i move the keel from side to side now what that means is that i need to have a bigger leaver on the top of the keel to move it because i don’t have the power of a hydraulic ramp, so the second compartment forward from here is where my keel is housed and the the axes from the keel is in the bottom of the boat which is open so that area of the boat is full of water and then above the axes is a two metre keel head and ropes that come off the top so i can pull it from side to side and this really is unusual because my competitors all use hydraulic ramps so they have a tiny little keel head and thats all boxed in but i just have a whole compartment in the boat thats just full of water which is odd. If i want to get to the bow of the boat and don’t want to open the big hatch on the foredeck then just here there’s a hole in the bolt head and i effectively have like a little tunnel and i can crawl through the tunnel and come out in the bow and there’s another tunnel that goes through here that will take me into the stern where the rudders are and the auto-pilots and the steering system and i’ve got quite used to climbing through the tunnel but the first time i took the boat out and i needed to go and have a look what was going on in the bow and i sort of got half way through the tunnel and then an alarm went off in here and its absolutely terrifying because the boat is charging along and you’re sort of stuck in a tunnel half way down the side of it you kind of you need to be really sure that everything’s ok before you go down there but this basically is home

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  • November 23, 2019 at 4:06 pm
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    Why did you mention about radiation, and dirty clear whether this skippers? They are

    buries your youe conties nuclear garbage!

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