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Sea of work for busy Conrad
By Jo Irving
BBC Devon

Conrad Humphreys in the Blue Project yacht
Conrad Humphreys (left) is busy campaigning and yacht racing

Baby Isobel will be just a few months old when her dad heads off to the other side of the world to take part in another sea challenge.

It seems like Plymouth sailor Conrad Humphreys just can't stay on dry land for too long.

This time he's off to Australia to compete in the Sydney to Hobart race, which starts on Boxing Day.

"I won't be at home this Christmas, so we're going to celebrate it when I get back," said Conrad.

2009 has been a really busy year for Conrad - and it's not over yet.

Conrad Humphreys
Conrad co-founded the Blue Project in 2007

In the summer, he continued his Blue Project campaign to make people more aware of the effect man has on the water by asking them to start training for the Blue Mile Plymouth.

The one mile race can be in, on, or by the water and takes place in July 2010. It's a mass participation event and open to everyone to take part.

Conrad returned from Scandinavia a few months ago, following the gruelling Archipelago Raid, where he had little sleep stopping at checkpoints on a course around tens of thousands of rocks and islands.

In the build up to the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen from 7-18 December 2009, Conrad and five other Blue Project ambassadors joined an elite group of the world's top athletes and explorers to lend their voice to a new book titled Champions for Change - Athletes making a world of difference.

Conrad Humphreys in the Blue Project yacht
Conrad is competing in the 2009 Sydney to Hobart race

He's also put his money where his mouth is by trading his car in for a scooter and started to cycle to work.

And there's been a new addition to his family - so his feet have hardly touched the ground in 2009.

The Blue Planet climate change project is something which is very close to Conrad's heart as he says he's seen his fair share of litter which has been chucked into the sea.

"It's quite surprising how much trash and rubbish and plastic gets wrapped around your keel or your centre boards when you're out in the ocean."

He's seen race courses change dramatically over the years too.

"There are far more ice references out at sea now which have to be charted so that sailors can avoid the icebergs."

He is also very aware of his impact on the climate when he's back home in Devon.

"I take a lot of pride in bringing my family up to really love the environment and to spend as much time outside.

But there's no rest for this sailor because Conrad will be heading off to Australia before many of us will have eaten the last of the turkey.

Christmas will be spent preparing for the Sydney to Hobart Race 2009.

"This is arguably one of the top offshore races and some of the greatest competitors and racing boats will be getting together for this.

"This race has claimed some big scalps over the years and it's got a reputation for ferocious weather and oceans."

Not really how any of us would choose to spend Christmas, but someone's got to do it I guess.




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