The first race of the season, the Sardinha Cup has 3 stages: the Warm Up, a 24h race, followed by 2 four day long races separated by a few days.
The warm up took place today, 31st of March. In very light winds, our 2 Figaro rookies, learnt a lot in a very experienced fleet. They finished in 30th place, leaving plenty of room to improve in the coming races.
Conrad Colman - Skipper " For our first ever Figaro race, Seb and I knew we had a lot on as we had a new boat and a new fleet to tackle. In contrast to the long ocean races that we are used to, the Figaro is a short fleet race where boat on boat tactics come to the fore and wins and losses from navigational strategies hinge on metres, not miles.
We were not disappointed. We came to learn and got schooled in the process! We were a little conservative at the start, got stuck in traffic and were slow in the light conditions due to some mast settings we are still working on. However, we had periods where we were very f...
Quelques nouvelles du front alors que le "crazy kiwi" s'est embarqué pour de nouvelles aventures en Figaro. Pour ceux qui ne connaitraient pas, les Figaros sont des bateaux monotypes (ce sont tous les mêmes) de 10,85m équipés de foils.
Pour naviguer et continuer de progresser tout en continuant à chercher des sponsors pour le Vendée Globe 2020, Conrad a décidé de participer aux courses du circuit Figaro en 2019. Cette aventure est possible grâce à son sponsor Ethical Power, une société anglaise spécialisée dans le financement et développement de projets d'énergies renouvelables pour les entreprises.
Avec leur soutien, Conrad a loué le Figaro 3 n°40, et les dernières semaines ont été bien occupées à découvrir le bateau et le prendre en main en rade de Lorient. Les premières impressions sont bonnes même s'il reste beaucoup à apprendre et découvrir d'ici la 1ère course de la saison: la Sardinha Cup, du 26 mars au 13 avril au départ de Saint-Gilles Croix de Vie. Cette épreuve se c...
The first sailor to complete the Vendée Globe round the world race without reliance on fossil fuels.
Conrad Colman completed the legendary Vendée Globe, 2016-17 solo non-stop around the world yacht race after 110 days at sea.
He not only overcame countless challenges along the 45,000km race course, but he became the first person in the races history to complete the racing circumnavigation relying only on renewable energy sources (solar and hydro) to power his vital on-board systems.
Sailing the only boat in a fleet of 29 that was 100% powered by renewable energy, Conrad demonstrated that renewables are a mature solution for the race course, as for the powergrid.
He assembled both prototype and off the shelf elements to build an energy system that could function reliably in the most isolated places on the planet, even when pumelled by 100km per hour winds and pounding seas.
Having shown that renewables are a competitive advantage, his competitors are now adopting the same sol...
The sun beats down unrepentantly, only this time I’m not flapping listlessly in the doldrums but ripping across the dry landscape of Spain towards my next challenge. I have traded the intense isolation and daily struggles of the Vendee Globe for new challenges, mainly lots of presentations and interviews to make up for those 110 solo days at sea.
Since running down the pontoon with a flag in my hand I have run all over the world; frequent meetings in Paris and London and side adventures to Plymouth, Glasgow, Geneva and Auckland mean that I have accumulated more miles since the race than during it! It has been a great opportunity to share my story, meet the people that followed my journey around the globe and meet new ones who are keen to embark on the next adventure.
Speaking of new adventures, I am starting a new job this week where I will be working for the race organizers of the Volvo Ocean Race in Alicante. My job will be to decipher the ocean racing strategies of some of the best...
Cela fait pile une semaine que Conrad a rejoint la terre ferme. Une semaine passée sur un nuage à tenter de réaliser tout le chemin parcouru, la performance réalisée. Au gré des questions " Alors tu ne te réveilles pas trop la nuit? Tu ne tangues pas trop" Conrad répond invariablement " Non, je dors bien, je suis stable, tout va bien" Ce qui est sûr c'est que le Kiwi a puisé dans ses réserves parce qu'il dort la nuit comme un bébé, soulagé enfin du stress des dernières semaines à bord.
Difficile d'atterrir après 110 jours de mer, seul à se battre pour aller au bout de l'aventure. Passé la satisfaction d'avoir réussi à finir malgré un démâtage, quelques regrets subsistent de ne pas avoir pu accrocher cette dixième place qui semblait si proche jusqu'au large du Portugal, à seulement 700 milles et quelques jours de l'arrivée. Mais la course était belle et la boucle est bouclée. C'était l'objectif de départ donc il faut relativiser et se tourner vers l'avenir!
It's been only a week since Conrad stepped back on land. A week on a cloud, trying to understand all the miles traveled, all that has been achieved. The same questions arise " Are you waking up a lot at night? Are your legs adjusting to being on land?" and the answers don't change " No, I sleep well, don't wake up at night, and I've felt stable on the ground since I arrived". The Kiwi skipper had to dig deep into his ressources and now sleeps like a baby, finally relieved of all the stress he endured during the race and especially in the last weeks.
It is hard to come around all that has been accomplished in 110 days at sea, solo, fighting to finish this Vendée Globe. After the intense satisfaction of crossing the line despite losing the mast, there are still some regrets about this 10th place. It seemed so close and yet so far, 700 miles from home and a few days before the finish. But the race was memorable and the lap is complete. It was the objective at the start so one ne...
After being dismasted late on the evening of Friday 10th February, when he was in tenth place and some 250 miles west of Lisbon, Portugal, Colman constructed and stepped a remarkable jury rig which has allowed him to sail the final 740 miles of the 27,440 nautical miles race which started from Les Sables d’Olonne on November 6th 2016. Since he was dismasted in what should have been his last big storm of his race, only three and half days from the finish line where he seemed assured of an impressive 10th place, Colman has run out of food and lasted out his final days on the survival rations from inside his life raft. On Wednesday he confirmed by radio that he had only two biscuits left.
Colman, a trained sailmaker and rigger, set one of the most efficient jury rigs seen in the history of ocean racing, working diligently and smartly to the end to improve the sheeting angles and hence efficiency of the rig which is constructed from his boom, part of his mainsail and his storm jib. Only Ph...
Conrad is going 6,2 knots tonight, 117 miles away from the finish line. He believes he can make it early evening if the conditions remain as forecasted 😀
If you are too far to come here, you can follow most of the action of the day on Facebook with lives and lots of updates. Even if you don't have a Facebook account you can see the content of official pages: for Conrad or the Vendée Globe.
🚩 Program for the arrival if you're around:
Conrad can make it before 18.45, he will be able to go down the channel directly with the tide
IF he arrives after 18.45, he will have to wait for the morning tide and will stay on the boat until morning and go down the channel at 8am
IF he were to arrive in the morning Saturday, he would go down the channel in the afternoon between 13.00 and 19.00
=> In all cases he will go down the channel, then be interviewed at the dock before going on stage before the official press conference
We hope to see lots of people to welcome the #CrazyKiwi...
But I desire and I long every day to go home and to look upon the day of my return.... for already I have suffered and labored at so many things on the waves.
From ancient Greece through the entirety of man's history at sea to modern day, Homer's words ring with a timeless truth... sailors and adventurers suffer in their labours upon the seas and from the moment we depart the comforts of our lives on land we yearn for them again.
The wind has died. The one proud mainsail drags lazily back and forth across the cabin top. Even the rippling laughter of the wake down the side of the hull has dulled as Foresight Natural Energy lethargically crawls across the dark disk of the horizon. The bright orange jib is the only flash of colour in a quiet world where a dull lead coloured sea lolls under a pewter sky. If variety is the spice of life then today's sleepy progress is a stark contrast to the brightly lit days following the passage of a storm where we threw tons of spray into the ai...