Brad Farrand is a New Zealander sailor who has competed in several important international sailing events, including the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race.

Brad started sailing with his family in the mid 90's in the Pacific Islands, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa. His childhood sailing dream was to win Volvo Ocean Race (now named The Ocean Race). Years after, he has already made an attempt to fulfill this dream, competing in the 2017-18 edition of the race with AkzoNobel Team, which finished in 4th Place.

With AkzoNobel Team, the sailor also holds the Volvo Ocean Race 24-hour distance record (602.51nm in 24 hours on Leg 9).



New Zealander

Date of birth

20 July 1988


English and Swedish.

Sailing career highlights

24hour Record Holder - 602.51nm in 2018 AkzoNobel, 4th VOR 2017-18 (completed all legs)


What was your first sailing memory?

Sailing in the Pacific Islands, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa with the family in the mid 90’s. Exploring remote areas of the islands and meeting people in far off villages.

Who inspires you?

The endeavours of Sir Peter Blake.

What is your favourite quote?

"A ship is always safe ashore, but that is not what it's built for" - Albert Einstein

What was your childhood sailing dream?

To race around the world and win the Volvo Ocean Race (now The Ocean Race, obviously).

What items do you always take with you when you go sailing?

Sun protection - Zinc or Sunscreen.

What is your favourite food?

Steak and Cheese Pie.

What hobbies do you have when not sailing?

Watersports, cycling, environmental work, time with family and friends.

Give us an example of a sustainable attitude to life - what do you do for a better world?

I take my climate obligations seriously. I measure my CO2 footprint, then plant trees to make sure my family and I are carbon positive, we have planted more than 12,000 native NZ trees so far.

What advice would you give to young sailors to protect the planet?

It is not enough to talk about protecting the planet. You have to fight for our planet and work to inspire real change.