Triple round the world sailor, Conrad Humphreys, 38 was born in Devon, UK and spent the majority of his early life racing dinghies on the River Exe. At the age of 19, he left school to focus on sailing full time and embarked on his first round the world race as one of the youngest crew members of the 1993/4 Whitbread Round the World Race (now Volvo Ocean Race). It was to be his baptism into ocean racing and since that time he has now competed in three round the world races, two as skipper.
In 2001, Conrad became the youngest ever winner of the BT Global Challenge, winning four out of seven legs and dominating the race from start to finish. In 2005 he went onto became only the 5th British sailor in history to complete the legendary Vendée Globe, the only solo, non-stop and unassisted round the world race. After the Vendée Globe, Conrad moved into multi-hulls and skippered the UK’s first Extreme 40 in the Volvo Extreme Sailing Series. This year, he returned to solo sailing competing in one of France’s toughest offshore races, La Solitaire du Figaro.
Conrad moved to Plymouth in 1994 to study oceanography and meteorology and was later awarded an Honorary Master of Science by the University of Plymouth. In 2007 he founded the Blue Climate and Oceans Project (Blue), a social enterprise which harnesses the popularity of adventure sports to encourage people to actively contribute to the health of our planet. In 2009, he launched The Blue Mile, Race for the Environment and together with WWF-UK, he is now working to build the event into the UK’s biggest mass-participation fundraising event for the environment.
Conrad lives in the South Hams, nr Plymouth with his wife Vikki and their two young children, Katelyn (4) and Isabel (2) and when not sailing, he is usually found on the water at his favourite south coast surf spot Bantham, kitesurfing.
Official website: www.conradhumphreys.com Twitter: @conradhumphreys