Pip Hare reflects on 95 days solo sailing… and staying hyperconnected

The British solo sailor completed the brutal round-the-world solo Vendée Globe.

Richard Langdon

On 12 February this year, Pip Hare arrived in Les Sables D'Olonne, France to complete the Vendée Globe round-the-world yacht race for solo sailors. The accomplishment took 95 days and made her the second woman in the race rankings and the leading Briton. As you might guess, this remarkable achievement was not without challenges, including dual ascents of the masts and an in-race rudder change, as well as the ever-present danger, sleeplessness, dramatic changes of weather and assorted other hazards of piloting a small craft an enormous distance.

Many watchers stress the physical and psychological challenges of racing solo but Hare was anything but alone in one sense at least, thanks to technology. She was in regular communication with fans, friends and family, thanks to video and voice communications. Also, sponsored by experience management cloud company Medallia, her wellbeing was under near-constant scrutiny with its LivingLens solution (VIDEO) used to analyse Hare's facial expressions, wording and tone. The result was her support team's understanding of when and how to communicate with the sailor and, just as important, when to leave her alone.

Hare's journey was a very modern synthesis of natural challenges and technological solutions combined with human bravery, know-how and ingenuity.

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