Conrad Colman

The first sailor to complete the Vendée Globe circumnavigation without fossil fuels


Conrad Colman completed the legendary Vendee Globe solo non-stop around the world yacht race after 110 days at sea. He not only overcame countless challenges along the 45,000km race course, but he became the first person in the races history to complete the racing circumnavigation without burning any fossil fuels.


The only boat in a fleet of 29 that was 100% powered by renewable energy (solar and hydropower), Conrad demonstrated that renewables are a mature solution for the race course, as for the powergrid. Having shown that renewables are a competitive advantage, his competitors are now adopting the same solutions, mirroring the adoption of clean energy more generally.


Conrad will talk about how he assembled both prototype and off the shelf elements to build an energy system that could function reliably in the most isolated places on the planet, even when pummelled by 100kmh winds and pounding seas. Conrad will talk about his 10 year pursuit of his dream to become an ocean racing sailor, specific challenges encountered alone at sea and how ocean racing is a natural platform for developing renewable technologies for the future.

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