Conrad Colman

Nandor Fa: “Age is not a worry for me”
Interviews DEC 3, 2014 18:21

Nandor Fa: “Age is not a worry for me”

They always say that 90 per cent of any ocean race is completed before the start line is passed. For Hungary's indomitable Nandor Fa the battle to get ready for the start of the Barcelona World Race with his new IMOCA 60 Spirit of Hungary makes the very act of racing around the world look straightforward. 

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Conrad the Kiwi Chameleon
Interviews DEC 15, 2014 17:00

Conrad the Kiwi Chameleon

Conrad Colman is lining up to race the Barcelona World Race for the first time. He hopes the race will prove a useful stepping stone as he pursues his final goal. His career target is to complete the Vendee Globe as the first Kiwi to do so. That has been his target since he got into solo and short handed ocean racing seven years ago. Since 2008 he has called Brittany his home, has a French fiance and has worked as preparateur, rigger, sailmaker for French projects. He admits he thinks and dreams in French some of the time. Although his first ocean passage was as a three month old baby with his cruising mum and dad, he only came back to offshore sailing after eight years in the USA where he graduated in Economics and set up an innovative bike building business. Now here he is making ready for his second ocean race around the world, as a late replacement co-skipper on Spirit of Hungary

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From Conrad Colman on Spirit of Hungary 'Imprisoned'
Emails from the boats JAN 4, 2015 13:03

From Conrad Colman on Spirit of Hungary 'Imprisoned'

Position: just south of Malaga, South of Spain. Dolphin count: 15. Cargo ship count: 150. Speed, you've got to be kidding right? We are surrounded by almost miles and miles of deep blue and yet we are imprisoned just as surely as if we were surrounded by iron bars. Even as the weather files continue to insist that there is enough wind to make decent progress in reality 2015 has started with a whimper rather than a bang.

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Deliverance
News JAN 5, 2015 20:24

Deliverance

Spirit of Hungary made it into the Atlantic at 1539hrs UTC today Monday but it has been very slow for Nandor Fa and Conrad Colman and they were still struggling sailing directly south towards the Moroccan coast in very light breezes 

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Spirit of Hungary lose their big kite
Emails from the boats JAN 9, 2015 07:46

Spirit of Hungary lose their big kite

"Well, ocean racing is a rocky road sometimes. Moral had risen along with the sails as we hoisted the spinnaker and finally made a good course and speed that we could be proud of. Still miles from our competitors but we felt like we were back in the game, had the tools to get the job done and were on our way.....

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Things that go 'Bump!' In the Night
Emails from the boats JAN 12, 2015 14:20

Things that go 'Bump!' In the Night

Its not just in children's bedrooms that things go bump in the night apparently. I had spent a long afternoon driving the boat like I have the habit from my previous class of boat... A bottle of water close by, a pocket full of peanuts and hours of surfing entertainment with the big gennaker and one reef in the main. Sadly as night fell the wind increadsed out of the safe range for the sail and we sprang to change it for the small reacher.

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When Thoughts Turn South
News JAN 14, 2015 18:11

When Thoughts Turn South

Among the four pairs of skippers who form the vanguard of the Barcelona World Race, on their IMOCA 60s, thoughts will be turning to the Southern Ocean. Two weeks to the day since the race started, they still have a few days of grace, time to step up the routine maintenance programme – boats, kit and humans – as the prospect of one month in the inhospitable southern latitudes beckons.

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