Vendée Globe  
93 days 22 hours 52 minutes

Co-skipper BWR 2015 – Conrad Colman

Conrad Colman Portrait


USA & New Zealand Citizen
French Resident 


Having started a professional career in sailing later than most, I bring a wealth of experience drawn from previous lives as an entrepreneur and competitive athlete. Having won the double-handed Global Ocean Race in 2012 I am now keen to invest my project management experience and strategic navigational skills in new projects.
When I am not on the water I work as a rigger for racing yachts or sail maker in North lofts and compete in long distance triathlons.



  • Point a Pitre- Lorient delivery – Double-handed- IMOCA 60 (skipper)
  • Itajai- Point a Pitre delivery – Double-handed- IMOCA 60 (skipper)


  • Cowes Week- crewed inshore (tactician) 4th of 41
  • Atlantic Cup- double handed coastal and inshore- Class 40: 2nd of 7
  • Antigua Sailing Week- crewed inshore- Volvo 60
  • Voiles de St Barths- crewed inshore- Volvo 60

2011 -2012

  • Global Ocean Race – double handed circumnavigation: Winner 4 of 5 legs (skipper)
  • All associated training and qualification voyages, based in Palma, Spain
  • Boat captain for Class 40 race yacht for final fit out and commissioning


  • Route du Rhum- solo offshore- Class 40: 28th of 44
  • Happy Baie Regatta- crewed inshore-Class 40: 3rd of 14
  • Class 40 Worlds- crewed inshore- Class 40
  • Mini Pavois- 800 miles solo offshore- Mini 6.50
  • La Trinite Spring series- crewed inshore- Grand Soleil IRC
  • Various deliveries and offshore solo training


  • Mini Transat- 4,200 miles solo offshore- Mini 6.50: 24th of 49
  • Cowes Week- crewed inshore- J-109
  • Mini Fastnet – 600 miles double offshore- Mini 6.50
  • Mini Pavois- 800 miles solo offshore- Mini 6.50
  • Pornichet Select- 300 miles solo offshore- Mini 6.50
  • La Trinité Spring Series- crewed inshore- Open 7.50
  • Extensive deliveries, solo training and qualifying voyages


  • Delivery- 2,300 miles solo offshore- 9m racing catamaran
  • Extensive work as RYA yachting instructor- crewed inshore
  • Racing instructor- offshore crewed- Beneteau 40.7
  • Extensive corporate entertainment- crewed inshore
  • Cowes Week- crewed inshore- Farr 52
  • Various deliveries- crewed coastal


  • Transatlantic delivery- 3,700 miles crewed offshore- Challenge 67
    Extensive training voyages (skipper and crew)- 700 miles crewed coastal
  • Cowes Week- crewed inshore- Sports boat class


Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science- Colorado College 2007

Co-founder of Pipedream Cycles USA- Custom titanium bicycle fabricators

MCA/RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Certificate of Competence

MCA Approved Engineering Certificate

AMERC Long Range Radio with Satellite Endorsement

MCA Proficiency in Medical First Aid Aboard Ship

RYA Small Craft Radar

RYA Powerboat Level 2

PADI Advanced Open Water Scuba certificate

Native English, Fluent French