Please select your home edition
Edition
Selden 2020 - LEADERBOARD

Conrad Colman forced to halt his 2020 Vendée Globe project

by Vendee Globe 24 Jul 2020 05:01 PDT
Conrad Colman - Vendée Globe © Paul Bessereau / M&M

A lack of funding has finally required Conrad Colman to call time on his plans to be on the 2020 Vendée Globe start line on November 8th. The Kiwi solo racer's heroic finish, sailing the final 750 miles under jury rig after his mast broke, making the line after a painstaking two battles to take 17th, was one of the outstanding feats of the 2016-2017 race.

Colman, who holds dual New Zealand/US citizenship, says he has worked tirelessly since the finish of the last race to try and make sure he would be on the start line this time, but he has not achieved his budget and needs to terminate his entry process.

"I have been achingly close to getting the money on several different occasions with different companies. First time I was ready to sign a contract when I got a text message when I was in the departure lounge ready to go, telling me it was all off. That was the first disappointment." 36 years old Brittany based Colman recalls, "Then I entered the race and chartered the boat and got very, very close just before COVID locked everything down. That fell apart. Then I had another hot, hot prospect which went close but in the end they said my profile did not match what they wanted, they liked me, they loved the race but I was not going to be playing to win."

Conrad Colman had chartered the 2004 Marc Lombard design which he had named Ethical Power which was started life as Roland Jourdain's Sill.

"I am gutted, totally gutted. It took me ten years to be at the start of the last race and I literally started work on this project as soon as I was recovered from the last time. The Vendée Globe is what I think about every single day. I worked on finding sponsorship myself, with agencies and with companies who had contacts, 'little black books'." Colman recalls, "But I will be back next time in 2024. I very definitely believe in the platform ocean racing is. I believe wholeheartedly in the fundamental principles of the Vendée Globe and its power to help transmit the positive values that I am about, there is no better platform. It is more than just a race it is a great opportunity to deliver positive messages about sustainable technologies."

Colman says he will take some time to recover from the intense stress of his search for funding and his programme to have his boat ready but will re-start his campaign in due course.

He explains, "I have been so fortunate to meet different people, fans and business people for example, and I always ask them 'so what is your Vendée Globe, what is the thing you would dedicate yourself entirely to achieving, to make these kind of sacrifices for and they might come back with 'I want to learn to play a particular symphony on the piano', or 'I want to start a company', or 'I want to the be the best dad, or the best parent it is possible to be. But for me my Vendée Globe is the Vendée Globe, I want to be back and win it one day."

Conrad and his wife Clara have their second child due in a couple of weeks time and so he will take time out to enjoy the early stages of their new family member.

He concludes, "There are big things going on in the world and I am a long, long, long way from being the worst affected by the COVID pandemic but I have been knocked out of the running this time. In many ways with our little one on the way it can be a good thing. We have our health and happiness and can be thankful for that."

For more information visit www.vendeeglobe.org.

Related Articles

Champions All, Vendée Globe prize-giving
Thirty-one of the 33 skippers muster in Les Sables-d'Olonne Thirty one of the 33 skippers who competed in the 9th Vendée Globe mustered in Les Sables-d'Olonne on Saturday for the official prize-giving and closing ceremony which saw Yannick Bestaven (Maître-CoQ) receive top award as the overall winner. Posted on 23 May
A new Medallia for Pip Hare for 2024 Vendée Globe
The new owners of the IMOCA Bureau Vallée 2 British skipper Pip Hare and her sponsors Medallia have confirmed they are the new owners of the IMOCA Bureau Vallée 2 which Louis Burton sailed to third place on the Vendée Globe. Posted on 16 May
All you need to know about the new IMOCA rules
A limit on foil size, measures to reduce environmental impact and contain costs The updated IMOCA rule seeks to limit foil size and limit environmental impact and to contain costs. The new rules which are in force until 2025 were unveiled by the IMOCA Class last week. Posted on 7 May
Vendée Globe - On course for 2024
A starter for 10... they have done it before and already said 'yes' The huge wave of enthusiasm for the Vendée Globe during and after the last edition means there are more and more solo skippers intimating their plans to do the next race which will start November 2024. Posted on 4 May
Interview with Catherine Chabaud MEP
First female Vendée skipper now cares for ocean health Back In 1997 Catherine Chabaud became the first female sailor to complete the Vendée Globe, taking sixth place and in so doing becoming the first woman to race solo non stop around the world without assistance. Posted on 28 Apr
2024 Vendée Globe projects already launched
New ideas and solutions will make it possible to have a faster, better race The president of the IMOCA Class was a passionate fan of the ninth edition of the Vendée Globe. And so now looking forwards to 2024 projects are emerging fast as are new ideas and solutions which will make it possible to have a faster, better race. Posted on 11 Apr
Ambitious 2024 targets for DMG MORI Sailing Team
Kojiro Shiraishi is aiming to return for the 2024 Vendée Globe After finishing 16th in the last race Japanese skipper Kojiro Shiraishi is aiming to return for the 2024 Vendée Globe with the objective of finishing eighth or better, and in partnership with main sponsors DMG MORI Posted on 5 Apr
Back to life, back to reality V 2.0
They are among the latest sailors to have sailed around the world However, for Romain Attanasio, Arnaud Boissières, Clément Giraud, Manuel Cousin and Alexia Barrier, the 2024 Vendée Globe has already started with no real break fro them since they finished the 2020-21 race. Posted on 28 Mar
World capital of single-handed ocean racing
Les Sables d'Olonne is now preparing to welcome you for the next great adventures Port Olona, with its high-quality infrastructures, the infamous channel that so many great sailors have sailed through, the South-facing bay and the Atlantic ocean landing its waves to the expansive beach... Posted on 24 Mar
2020-21 Vendée Globe much more than just a success
Uniting, inspiring and engaging a wider audience than ever before Against an unprecedented global health context which brought on many unique challenges, the ninth edition of the Vendée Globe emerged as a triumph, uniting, inspiring and engaging a wider audience than ever before. Posted on 15 Mar
Gul 2020 FOOTERReverso Air 2021 FOOTERSelden 2020 - FOOTER