IMOCA Globe Series28th
Points163 pts
Age40 (12/2/83)
Top performance16th in the 2016-17 Vendée Globe
Joined Imoca on2015
BaseLorient (FRANCE)
PartnersMail Boxes etc., MS Amlin


In 2017, Conrad Colman became the first skipper to complete a Vendée Globe without using fossil fuels. He is also the first New Zealander in the IMOCA Class.

Colman discovered his passion for sailing as a child in New Zealand. His competitive career began in local regattas, where he quickly demonstrated his talent and determination.

One of Conrad Colman's most notable achievements was his participation in the 2016-17 Vendée Globe aboard Foresight Natural Energy. Indeed, he completed the race without using fossil fuels, a first in the history of this solo round-the-world race. Despite the technical challenges, including his mast breaking just 700 miles from the finish, he achieved the remarkable feat of bringing his IMOCA back safely to port.

Buying Maxime Sorel's former IMOCA in 2021, the very boat that had inspired him to take up ocean racing, the Lorient-based New Zealander took part in all the races in 2022, finishing 18th in the Route du Rhum.

In 2023, after financial difficulties, he joined forces with the Mail Boxes Etc. company, with his sights set on the next Vendée Globe.

Sailing Highlights

2023 : Retour à La Base - 15th
2023 : Transat Jacques Vabre - 24th
2022 : Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe - 18th
2022 : Défi Azimut-Lorient Agglomération - 18th
2022 : Vendée Arctique - 18th
2022 : Guyader Bermudes 1000 Race - 10th
2016-2017 : Vendée Globe - 16th
2016 : Défi Azimut-Lorient Agglomération -
2016 : New York Vendée - Les Sables d'Olonne - 12th
2014-2015 : Barcelona World Race - 7th
Other highlights

2013: Atlantic Cup - 2nd (Class40)

2012: Global Ocean Race - winner (Class40)
Route Du Rhum - 28th (Class40)
Mini Transat - 24th


Sail numberNZL 64
ArchitectVPLP - Verdier
Construction2007, Indiana Yachting, Italie
Former namesGroupe BEL, IMAGINE, For Humble Heroes, Le Souffle du Nord, Kilcullen Team Irlande, V and B - Mayenne, MAIL BOXES ETC.
Length18,28 m
Beam5,5 m
Draught4,5 m
Weight8 tonnes
Mast height29 m
Mast typeWing mast
Sail area max.
Upwind365 m2
Downwind700 m2
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