Conrad Colman is preparing to be the first to finish the grueling Vendee Globe Singlehanded Around the World Race without the use of any fossil fuels. With no time to spare, he sailed his IMOCA 60 100% NATURAL ENERGY from France to Newport, R.I., to begin the shakedown process. On Sunday, May 29, his boat will be one of the 14 IMOCA 60s racing in the New York – Vendée (Les Sables d’Olonne) Race. In that race he will fly his new UK Sailmakers Titanium mainsail with enough solar panels to generate 2.2 kilowatts per hour of electricity.
To get an idea of the efforts he has gone through to get his program this far, click here to watch a CNN Mainsail segment about his efforts.