Pip Hare on the Mini Transat

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The British solo sailors tells us how she does it
With the Charente Maritime Bahia Transat 6.50 setting sail today, so Pip Hare, one of two British competitors in the 79 strong line-up of solo sailors heading off on the voyage to Salvador de Bahia via Funchal, Madeira tells us about how she tackles solo offshore racing in her Pogo2 Series class boat. Sleep “I have been asking a lot of people where they sleep and loads sleep inside, but I don’t unless it is really bad. I just sleep in the cockpit which is why my mainsheet is on the traveller, whereas loads of Pogo 2s have taken it back up to the boom and put a centre cleat in the middle of the cockpit. I didn’t do that for two reasons – I like the cockpit to be really clear for gybing and I like sleeping in the cockpit.” So head up by the companionway? “Yes, that is the only place that you can get shelter on a Pogo2, even though the water just pours down the side on top of you. If it is upwind, then I do try and sit on the rail to sleep, but downwind I sleep in the cockpit next to the pilot because, depending on the breeze, but I am not looking at sleeping for longer than 20 minutes as it is too risky.” Foul weather gear “I am becoming of the opinion that it is impossible to keep dry on a Mini. This time I have got a Henri Lloyd offshore kit with dry seals at the neck and wrists. That is new, donated by Cazanove [Capital – her OSTAR sponsor]. I am a bit worried I am going to get sores where the rubber is if it is really bad.” So you’ll live in that? “Pretty much. If the first leg is as upwind as it