36 years old

Lorient (56)

Aboard a boat decorated with maori-style emblems, Conrad Colman had challenged himself to finish the Vendée Globe without using fossile energy. He almost missed it,  not because of shortage of energy but because he had lost his mast when it snapped off near the Iberian peninsula just a few days before his return. Most people would have set sail for the East towards one of the harbours of the Portuguese coast. But it wasn’t the case for the NeoZealander whose fierce determination pushed him to continue and cross the finish line. So, Conrad Colman fixed a rather efficient makeshift rig, was able to face strong headwinds and finally arrived in Les Sables d’Olonne after a most complicated crossing of the Bay of Biscay. His feat earned him the recognition of the public who praised his tenacity adequately. Between two editions of the Vendée Globe, Conrad will have participated in the Solitaire du Figaro and been part of the communication team of the Volvo Ocean Race; in short, he will have acquired solid additional skills before the 2020 campaign.


IMOCA monohull

  • The boat’s previous names: Sill - Véolia - Neutrogena - Savéol - Vivo a Beira
  • Designer: Marc Lombard - Modifié par Juan Kouyoumdjian
  • Chantier : CDK Technologies - MerConcept
  • Launch Date: 06 May 2004
  • Length: 18,28m
  • Beam: 5,50m
  • Draught: 4,50m
  • Displacement (weight): 9t
  • Number of drifts: 2
  • Mast height: 29m
  • Keel blade: acier
  • Upwind sail area: 306m2
  • Downwind sail area: 590m2

Built for Roland Jourdain’s Vendée Globe 2004-2005, this Lombard plan was already announcing the new generation of monohulls, ligther and with tight lines. After retiring in 2004, Roland Jourdain launched a redesign project with Juan K to give the boat more power. Since then, the boat has performed well : three participations in the Vendée Globe, one Barcelona World Race : Conrad Colman’s new boat is well accustomed to the Southern seas.

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