Endeavour Quay, Premier Gosport’s specialist boatyard was delighted to host two of the 2020 Vendée Globe competitors recently as they prepared for their solo race around the world.
Competitor’s Alex Thomson sailing HUGO BOSS, and Pip Hare sailing Medallia, both used the specialist services of Gosport Marina’s Endeavour Quay boatyard and its onsite tenants to complete final service checks on their boats before heading to France for the start of the Vendée Globe race, which kicked off on Sunday 8th November.
The 2020 Vendée Globe is competitor Pip Hare’s first entry into the race and she brought her boat, Medallia, to Endeavour Quay ahead of her departure to France to ensure final checks and works were completed; including fixing a leak and fitting new speed transducers.
Pip said: “It’s really important I have confidence in my boat when I’m miles from anywhere or anyone. So it’s vital that I know the people working on her are professional and operating to the highest standard – I trust in them and their work. It also helps if they’re brilliant fun to work with too! And the service and care offered by all staff at Endeavour Quay is always greatly appreciated by me and my team.”
With her first Vendée Globe underway, Pip adds: “The Vendee Globe is simply the toughest yacht race in the world. It’s like climbing Everest. And I’ve been dreaming about it since I was 16. But it wasn’t until 10 years ago that I decided to make it an ambition to take part. Since then, I’ve worked my way up to the level of experience needed to sail around the world, on my own, non-stop.”
Competitor Alex Thomson is now on his fifth attempt to win the Vendée Globe race and is proud to represent and be based in the UK and have Gosport as his home.
Alex said: “We completed the final service and checks of HUGO BOSS before leaving Endeavour Quay for France in July and have used their services and facilities on and off for a long time now. This is a routine we carry out prior to any round the world yacht race, with the aim of preparing the boat in the best way possible for the challenge ahead.”
Alex has finished second and third in the last two Vendée Globe races and hopes to bring home the win this year. He explains: “To win would be a lifetime goal realised, not only for me but for the whole team and our partners who have supported us through thick and thin. We have worked so hard for this, for almost 20 years. So a win would validate all that work and energy. The Vendée Globe is the ultimate sporting challenge. There’s nothing else like it. To me, it’s a true test of a person’s physical and mental strength.”
Premier Marinas and the whole team at Endeavour Quay wish Alex and Pip the best of luck in the Vendée Globe and look forward to following their progress over the next 3 months.