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"The Island Trust are delighted to announce that Round the World yachtsman Conrad Humphreys has joined our Board of Trustees. Conrad brings both professional sailing expertise and business acumen to the Trust as well as his high media profile.
Born in Exmouth, Devon, Conrad has competed in three round the world races, becoming only the 5th British sailor to complete the Vendée Globe. The Vendée Globe is regarded as the pinnacle of ocean racing and an event that is widely regarded as the toughest endurance race in any sport.
Conrad’s professional career in sailing began at 17 years old, when he was spotted at the Junior World Cadet Championships and was asked to join the Youth Challenge campaign for the 1993–94 Whitbread Round the World Race (now the Volvo Ocean Race). The change in direction thrust him into the world of extreme ocean racing. His first leadership challenge was as Skipper of LG FLATRON in the gruelling BT Global Challenge 2000-01. He and his team went on to dominate the race – setting a record pace and winning four out of seven legs. At just 26 years of age, Conrad became the youngest winning skipper in the history of the race.
Conrad continues to sail at a professional level and he also runs a successful sports marketing and event management company, Sport Environment. He is a passionate advocate for the need to protect our blue environment and it is he who organises and coordinates the magnificent Blue Mile event annually.
Conrad has helped to inspire the next generation of young sailors and has given freely of his time to deliver talks in schools and help with the recruitment of participants for the Tall Ships Races. We are proud to have him ‘onboard’ and look forward to his contribution to our already excellent team."