Russell Crowe sends surprise birthday message to British sailor on round-the-world trip

Tom Butler
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Russell Crowe filmed his birthday message in front of his trophy cabinet (Twitter)
Russell Crowe filmed his birthday message in front of his trophy cabinet. (Twitter)

Russell Crowe has sent a birthday message to a British sailor who is on a solo round-the-world trip.

The actor, who played a naval officer in Master and Commander, sent the message to Pip Hare, who is taking part in the Vendee Globe yacht race around the globe.

Crowe recorded the message after being approached by a BBC Radio Solent DJ Steve Harris who said Hare was a fan of his.

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In his video message, Crowe said: “I hear you’re sailing around round the globe.”

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He added: “I’m just sitting here thinking about the incredible challenge in front of you and how overwhelming it must feel some days.

“But just keep going.

“What an amazing feeling you’re going to have when you can say you have claimed the globe.

POOLE, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 30: Pip Hare onboard her IMOCA 60, Medallia during training for the Vendee Globe Race on September 30, 2020 in Poole, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Langdon/Getty Images)
Pip Hare onboard her IMOCA 60, Medallia during training for the Vendee Globe Race on September 30, 2020 (Richard Langdon/Getty Images)

“Happy birthday Pip, sail well.”

The Gladiator star joked he had just been kayaking himself with a paddle which “made it significantly easier, so it’s a similar journey, I imagine”.

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Hare is currently in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, according to the race’s online tracker.

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Crowe later shared a reply sent to him by Hare in which she said she is 2,300 miles from home.

“Thank you so much for my birthday message,” she said in a video message.

“You have no idea what a surprise and how great to receive it,” she said.

“I have been on my own for 87 days.”

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