On board the 23-foot wooden vessel, three-quarters of a mile off the coast of Plymouth Hoe, Conrad Humphreys points to a patch of calm water on the starboard side. It looks like a rectangle of smooth glass blown into the ruffled surface of the sea.
“Imagine the opposite scenario where there is no wind,” he says. “The whole ocean looks smooth but you can see these little rough patches around you. That is where the wind is; there is always something to aim for, you just have to move towards it.”
From his earliest days at the Exe Sailing Club, competing in cadet class dinghies, Conrad has been moving towards new frontiers and challenges. Three times around the world he’s gone, the most decorated yachtsman ever to come out of the University of Plymouth, competing in some of the world’s most celebrated open ocean races and discovering the limits of his endurance.