Please select your home edition
Edition
Southern Spars

Vendée Globe sailor Conrad Humphreys makes a return to solo sailing

by Teresa Page on 16 Feb 2011
Conrad Humphreys Conrad Humphreys Racing - copyright http://www.conradhumphreys.com/
Vendée Globe sailor, Conrad Humphreys launches a new sailing campaign that will commence with La Solitaire du Figaro. The programme will kick off in 4 weeks time with the first qualification event, La Solo Les Sables Massif Marine, which will start in Port Olona, the home of the Vendée Globe. This will mark a special return for Conrad as his last single-handed race was the Vendée Globe 2005, where he finished seventh almost exactly 6 years ago.

Conrad switched to multi-hull racing after the Vendée Globe and skippered the Extreme 40 'Motorola' in the inaugural Volvo Extreme Series. He has also been a regular competitor in the Archipelago Raid, finishing fourth in 2008 with Ryan Crawford. Offshore, he has kept his weather and tactical knowledge sharp by navigating for ex CYCA Commodore, Matt Allen onboard his yacht 'Ichi Ban', with strong performances in the last four Sydney Hobart races.

In 2007, Conrad led the host city bid on behalf of the City of Plymouth for The Artemis Transat and more recently, created the new mass-participation event, The Blue Mile – Race for the Environment, with leading environmental charity, WWF-UK. The experience gained from managing these large scale social, economic and environmental programmes has led to Conrad’s company, Sport Environment expanding to offer a full service solution to sponsors, something that Conrad hopes will give a lot of confidence to potential sponsors looking to move into sailing.

The search is now on to secure a major backer for the 2013-2016 IMOCA 60 campaign and the Vendée Globe. Conrad’s programme for the next 18 months has been underwritten by a core family of partners, with the objective that this year’s Figaro campaign and next year’s Transat will be used to offer new partners the chance to 'test the water' before committing to a global campaign.

La Solitaire du Figaro is the 'unofficial world championship of single-handed offshore racing'. It comprises a multi stage race of four legs encompassing the English Channel and Irish Sea, covering nearly 1,695 nautical miles. Identical Figaro Bénéteau 2 yachts sailed by some of the world’s best sailors make this a marathon on the water combining tactics, strategy and weather analysis with close contact racing.

Conrad has been training with the Artemis Academy since last year and has recently secured Bernard Stamm’s Figaro Beneteau which he will base in Plymouth Yacht Haven Marina whilst he prepares and trains for the season ahead. Musto will supply all of Conrad’s technical clothing, Hemisphere Rigging Services will provide race support and rigging, Predict Wind will be working with Conrad as official weather forecasting partner and Noakes, Habermehl & Kerr will provide team eyewear. A brand new social media website at www.conradhumphreys.com, designed and created by Crunch Creative will power the communications.

Quotes:

Conrad Humphreys said:

'The Figaro circuit is one of the most important elements of a professional Vendée campaign and I feel ready to take it on. I’m under no illusions just how good the top guys are and I look forward to learning as much from my participation this year as possible.'

'We need to use the next two years to sail fast, learn lots and communicate well. Our objective is to build a long term partnership and a campaign that is capable of winning the IMOCA World Championships and Vendée Globe by 2016.'

Nigel Musto, Musto Clothing said:
'Musto welcome Conrad back to the world of single handed offshore sailing and the tough challenge in the 2011 Solitaire du Figaro.'

Laura Whinney, Plymouth Yacht Haven said:
'We are delighted to welcome Conrad Humphreys back to Plymouth Yacht Haven where our team and berth holders will lend their enthusiasm and support to his campaign. Plymouth has long been recognized as a world-class centre of yachting excellence and has provided a base for Conrad for many of his campaign preparations over the last 10 years. It is great that he is again choosing our marina facilities and sailing waters from which to prepare for the challenges of the Solitaire du Figaro.'

Peter Noakes, Noakes Habermehl & Kerr:
'Noakes Habermehl & Kerr have looked after Conrad Humphreys eyewear since 2004 and we look forward to supporting his vision both on and off the water.'

www.conradhumphreys.com
InSunSport - NZBakewell-White Yacht DesignSouthern Spars - 100

Related Articles

Rio 2016 - The Qualification Games - Part 2
Yachting NZ's refusal to nominate in three classes won in the first round of 2016 Olympic Qualification is unprecedented Yachting New Zealand's refusal to nominate in three classes won in the first round of 2016 Olympic Qualification is without precedent. Subject to Appeal, the Kiwis have signaled that they will reject 30% of the positions gained in the ISAF World Sailing Championships in Santander in 2014.
Posted on 22 May
Gladwell's Line - World Sailing changes tack after IOC windshift
Over the past year, we've given the International Sailing Federation (now re-badged as World Sailing) a bit of stick Over the past year, we've given the International Sailing Federation (now re-badged as World Sailing) a bit of stick. Every blow well earned over issues such as the pollution at Rio, the Israeli exclusion abomination plus a few more. But now World Sailing is getting it right.
Posted on 21 May
Rio 2016 - The Qualification Games - Part 1
Antipodean selection shenanigans aside, the Qualification system for the Rio Olympics appears to be achieving its goals Antipodean selection shenanigans aside, the Qualification system for the Rio Olympics appears to be achieving goals set in the Olympic Commission report of 2010. Around 64 countries are expected to be represented in Rio de Janeiro in August. That is a slight increase on Qingdao and Weymouth, but more importantly a full regional qualification system is now in place
Posted on 19 May
Taming the beast-a conversation with Stuart Meurer of Parker Hannifin
While AC72 cats were fast, they difficult to control, so Oracle partnered with Parker Hannifin to innovate a better way. If you watched videos of the AC72s racing in the 34th America’s Cup (2013), you’re familiar with the mind-boggling speeds that are possible when wingsail-powered catamarans switch from displacement sailing to foiling mode. While foiling is fast, there’s no disguising the platform’s inherent instability. Now, Oracle Team USA has teamed up with Parker Hannifin to innovate a better way.
Posted on 18 May
From foiling Moths to Olympic starting lines-a Q&A with Bora Gulari
Bora Gulari’s is representing the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the Nacra 17 class, along with teammate Louisa Chafee. Bora Gulari (USA) has made a strong name for himself within high-performance sailing circles, with wins at the 2009 and 2013 Moth Worlds. In between, he broke the 30-knort barrier and was the 2009 US SAILING Rolex Yachtsman of the Year. His latest challenge is representing the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the Nacra 17 class as skipper, along with his teammate Louisa Chafee.
Posted on 12 May
Concern for Zika at Rio Olympics is now deadly serious
Alphabet soup is one description that has thus far not been used for either Guanabara Bay, Alphabet soup is one description that has thus far not been used for either Guanabara Bay, or the Rio Olympics. Many others have, and they were apt, but things have changed. So here now we have a situation where one man, Associate Professor Amir Attaran, who does have a more than decent string of letters after his name, is bringing nearly as many facts to bear as references at the article's end
Posted on 12 May
The importance of being Alive
Since buying the stunningly pretty Reichel-Pugh canting keel 66-footer, and re-naming her Alive, Since buying the stunningly pretty Reichel-Pugh canting keel 66-footer, and re-naming her Alive, the team have lined up for a lot of things, won plenty and nabbed a record, as well. She’s presently in a yard in the Philippines having a minor refit in readiness for the Australian season. It will commence with the upcoming Brisbane to Keppel and then head sharply into this year’s Hobart.
Posted on 10 May
Zhik - The brand born of a notion, not its history
here is probably every reason that ocean rhymes with notion. Zhik’s tagline is officially marketed as Made For Water There is probably every reason that ocean rhymes with notion. Zhik’s tagline has been officially marketed as Made For Water, and this is precisely what the company has done for the last eight years before the succinct and apt strapline came from out of R&D and into mainstream visibility.
Posted on 8 May
Shape of next Volvo Ocean Race revealed at Southern Spars - Part 1
Southern Spars has been confirmed as the supplier of spars for the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race. In mid-April, Race Director, Jack Lloyd and Stopover Manager Richard Mason outlined the changes expected for the 40,000nm Race during a tour of Southern Spars 10,000sq metre specialist spar construction facility. A total of up to seven boats is expected to enter, but time is running out for the construction of any new boats.
Posted on 3 May
Sailing in the Olympics beyond 2016 - A double Olympic medalist's view
Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. Gold and Bronze medalist and multiple world boardsailing/windsurfer champion, Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. A key driver is the signalled intention by the International Olympic Committee to select a basket of events that will be contested.
Posted on 29 Apr