Triple round-the-world sailor and race champ, Conrad Humphreys, has revealed he ‘sobbed irrationally’ at the start of the Vendee Globe race.

He told Yachting Monthly magazine that the popular thinking about lone yachtsmen was that they have ‘incredible mental strength,’ but added it was frontline workers who were the real heroes.

Humphreys, 47, said: ‘If you compare us to our amazing NHS workers today, they are the ones with incredible mental resilience. This comes from working in team environments where everyone plays their part and each draws strength from the other.’

Humphreys’ break down was at the thought of not seeing his family for three months. In an interview discussing isolation, he said his UK race team gave him the strength to carry on.

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