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  1. Yes, it's great to be onshore for a bit. Stability, a paycheck, dry feet and working in an office have been pretty foreign concepts these last few years! Foresight Natural Energy is sold and we've been able to clear most of our debts. She's heading to the boatyard for a refit and will be relaunched in a new campaign targeting the Vendée Globe 2020. As for me, plenty of inspiration out there with the BWR, VOR and VG all keeping me up at night! We'll see what I am capable of cooking up with my sponsors! In the meantime, happy to share the love on the VOR daily show.
  2. The objective is to have a certain leg length in terms of time, not miles. Given the intense variability in the Med in October (Mistral through to calms) it makes good sense for the RC to declare 4 possible routes. Given everyone a heads up early so that the navigators aren't taken by surprise.
  3. Yes SMA was double-handed with Paul and Gwénolé. Is in fact the old Macif and is back to two canted out daggerboards, having not seen benefits from their trial foil earlier in the year
  4. Just wanted to stir the pot here a little. Yes Leg Zero is underway, and its considered the qualifier, but rest assured that if someone can fund the 8th boat it won't be the qualifier that stands in between them and the race. They could even join the race after the official start. With 3 double point legs later in the race, missing leg 1 wouldn't be a problem in the overall standings. As someone familiar with last minute ocean racing campaigns, training time is more of an issue than when you actually join the race.
  5. Hi guys, Here's the longer video summary of the NY- Les Sables race that turned into a preview of the actual Vendée Globe. I'm ready, the boat's ready but I'm still struggling to find sponsorship so if any of you work for a cool company that could benefit from internatioal exposure with a really positive, clean energy project please shoot me an email. Anything helps at this point. I hope you enjoy the ride and for those coming over for the start, see you in Les Sables! - Conrad
  6. That's Bertrand on MACSF. I know the boat well after 7000 miles on her. Its from 2008 but still a wet one!
  7. Its still me onboard! I'll just be cracked from fatigue so the filter will be turned down even further! I hope you like following along this time around.
  8. Hi, I have an electric motor from OceanVolt that will also work as a hydrogenerator when I am sailing, thin film solar panels in the mainsail from UK Sailmakers (the FR loft patented the concept of solar panels laminated onto the skin of the sail) with 16Kwh of Li-ion batteries from the dutch company Super B. For thre propulsion system, the IMOCA rule requires a pull test of 280 kg for 15 mins and for alternative energy boats, a range of 26 miles at 5 knots. I completed the pull test on battery power alone but the autonomy test would be too heavy with just batteries so we have a small diesel generator from Fischer Panda that I won't use during the race, thus maintaining my zero emissions status. Otherwise, I'll be super efficient with my energy use onboard and am testing a new brushless autopilot ram to reduce consumption. The great thing is that I am using all off the shelf production elements in comparison with the Acciona campaign that had to invent a lot of their own solutions.
  9. Yes, I have ripped out the diesel engine! I have replaced it with a 15kw electric motor from OceanVolt, powered by 16kw of SuperB li-ion batteries which will be recharged by the motor in hydrogenerator mode and solar panels laminated onto my Powersails mainsail. Acciona was zero emission too but failed to finish so the door is still open to be the first. Also, in comparison to their high budget and prototyped solutions I have one of the smallest budgets (hence the crowdfunding campaign) and everything I have is off the shelf technology so you can do the same if you're motivated.
  10. Hi all, I know its a pain to translate french text and struggle to follow your favorite solo ocean races. I have the solution! Help me get to the start line in November and you'll have another English speaking sailor in the race, and one that's good at telling it like it is. I am signed up for the Vendée, I have a boat and I will be in Newport and NYC in May during the preparations for the New York- Vendée race. I have launched at crowdfunding campaign to keep the wheels on my project until I can find a title sponsor and need your help. Please click below and sign up to buy a T-shirt or join me on the Hudson river during the official IMOCA events. http://www.fosburit.com/en/projets/projet/mon-vendee-globe-0-emission/ Come sailing with the only zero emissions yacht in this edition of the Vendée Globe. Thanks, Conrad conradcolman@gmail.com
  11. Hi all, I know its a pain to translate french text and struggle to follow your favorite solo ocean races. I have the solution! Help me get to the start line in November and you'll have another English speaking sailor in the race, and one that's good at telling it like it is. I am signed up for the Vendée, I have a boat and I will be in Newport and NYC in May during the preparations for the New York- Vendée race. I have launched at crowdfunding campaign to keep the wheels on my project until I can find a title sponsor and need your help. Please click below and sign up to buy a T-shirt or join me on the Hudson river during the official IMOCA events. http://www.fosburit.com/en/projets/projet/mon-vendee-globe-0-emission/ Come sailing with the only zero emissions yacht in this edition of the Vendée Globe. Thanks, Conrad
  12. Yeah, it's a real pity he can't get sponsors. It was actually Clean's interview with him, during their stop on the BWR, that made me realize how cool guy Conrad is. He really deserves a place on the VG. He should be the sponsors' dream, his bilingual reports during the BWR were really fun to read. Hi Guys, Thanks for such positive comments guys. They certainly help me get through the long days and nights chasing sponsors! I have a project in the works and will be sure to share it with the SA community when its more concrete. - Conrad
  13. Certainly true that no new boat is being built for this cycle that isn't a Verdier/ VPLP but the are not all the same. Banque Pop and Safran share a mould, as to Gitana and St Michel/ Virbac. Alex's boat is a separate concept being built in Green Marine as is Vento de Sardegna being built in Persico. The reason that Gitana and St Michel/ Virbac are built in halves instead of a hull and then a deck is because the tumblehome starts lower down the sheer line than on Safran so it couldn't be lifted vertically out of a traditional mould as its a lot narrower at the top than at the bottom.