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Kiwi sailor celebrates solo during race

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 25/12/2016

© LOIC VENANCE/Getty Images A New Zealand sailor on the Vendee Globe solo race around the world has cracked a small bottle of champagne in the middle of the Southern Ocean for Christmas and prepared for bad weather.

Conrad Colman is one of 29 sailors from 10 countries competing in the three-month-long race and is currently in ninth place.

He says it feels a little bit lonely in the middle of the ocean but he's enjoying the opportunity to spend the festive season with "the albatross".

"It's a really special time to be here," he says in a message.

He says there's not really anything you can do by yourself in the middle of the Southern Ocean other than trim some sails and wind some winches, which he does every day.

"The weather will continue to be comfortable, at least on the Southern Ocean scale of possibility until after I am clear of the sunny summer holiday celebrations going on in my birth country of New Zealand.

"But as Kiwis will be digesting on the beach, I'll be gearing up for another battle royale with a huge big depression on the 28th."

Colman left France's west coast on November 6.

The 32-year-old said he was proud to be the first New Zealander in the race.

"It's up there with the Volvo Ocean Race and the America's Cup as one of the world's pinnacle sailing events."

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