Conrad Colman



  • Lorient
  • 38 years old

Conrad Colman was born in New Zealand with his mother coming from there, but with an American father. Early in his life, he was exposed to the experience of the New Zealanders in the former Whitbread, and took up sailing in his childhood. After studying politics, he set up a bicycle manufacturing company, before deciding to see his dreams come true in the world of ocean racing. He moved to Brittany in 2008 with the aim of competing in the 2009 Mini Transat. This solo crossing of the Atlantic to Brazil boosted his ambitions and in 2010 he took part in the Route du Rhum on a Class40. That was followed by a double-handed round the world voyage with stopovers in a Class40 in 2011-2012: the Global Ocean Race, which he won. In 2015, he had his first opportunity of racing on an IMOCA with the Barcelona World Race, in which he went aboard with the Hungarian, Nandor Fa. In 2016, he completed the Vendée Globe under jury rig and became the first sailor to complete the race without using fossil fuels. He is now looking forward to the 2024 Vendée Globe.



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  • Sail number: FRA 53
  • Former names: Groupe BEL, IMAGINE, For Humble Heroes, Le Souffle du Nord, Kilcullen Team Irlande, V and B - Mayenne
  • Architect: VPLP
  • Construction: Indiana Yachting, Italie
  • Launch Date: 2007
  • Length: 18,28 m
  • Beam: 5,50 m
  • Draught: 4,50 m
  • Weight: 8 tonnes
  • Mast height: 29 m
  • Upwind sail area: 365 m2
  • Downwind sail area: 700 m2
  • Foils: Non

His prizelist

  • 2022 : Guyader Bermudes 1000 Race - 10th
  • 2016-17 : Vendée Globe - 16th
  • 2016 : Transat New York - Vendée - 12th
  • 2015 : Barcelona World Race - 7th
  • 2013 : Atlantic Cup - 2nd (Class40)
  • 2012 : Global Ocean Race - winner (Class40)
  • 2010 : Route Du Rhum - 28th (Class40)
  • 2006 : Mini Transat - 24th