39 years old

Hambourg et Monaco

Boris Herrmann’s goal is not only to be the first German navigator to take the start of the Vendée Globe. He also wants to demonstrate that he is legitimate among the peloton of serious outsiders, those who could seek the top positions at the finish in Les Sables d’Olonne. Boris is sailing on Seaexplorer - Yacht Club de Monaco. The team was founded by Boris’s longtime friend and keen sailor Pierre Casiraghi, Prince Albert’s nephew. Boris wants to show his compatriots and everyone interested in off-shore racing that his project is strong and valuable enough to make him a frontrunner in the race.

However, Boris Herrmann’s project doesn’t end there: aboard Seaexplorer - Yacht Club de Monaco, the German navigator will run an onboard ocean sensor whilst sailing through the remote southern ocean, this laboratory measures ocean CO2, PH, salinity and water temperature, in partnership with Geomar, Max Planck and Ifremer this data is used around the world. This twofold sporting and scientific challenge is very important to Boris, especially as he defines himself as a committed activist for the environment. Through the award winning Malizia Ocean Challenge, the team also educate children around the world about the ocean and climate change, setting an example for future generations who are also part of his campaign for the Vendée Globe 2020. Carrying out a convincing sporting project would strengthen the message he wishes to send out to the public. To do this, the navigator possesses good assets : the Southern seas don’t hold many secrets for him anymore, after a Barcelona World Race, an attempt in the Jules Verne Trophy alongside Francis Joyon, and a Class40 round-the-world…



IMOCA monohull

  • Sail number : 16
  • The boat’s previous names: Edmond de Rothschild, Malizia - Yacht Club de Monaco
  • Designer: Verdier - VPLP
  • Chantier : Multiplast
  • Launch Date: 07 August 2015
  • Length: 18,28m
  • Beam: 5,70m
  • Draught: 4,50m
  • Displacement (weight): 7,6t
  • Number of drifts: foils
  • Mast height: 29m
  • Keel blade: acier
  • Upwind sail area: 290m2
  • Downwind sail area: 490m2

Designed by the VPLP–Verdier office, this 2016 generation IMOCA stands out with its very low cockpit, impressive foils and well-documented weight specifications. The boat quickly showed its potential during the 2016 Vendée Globe before having to retire after a foil broke and damaged the casing. Since then, the work done has essentially consisted in ensuring the reliability of the monohull. The result is positive as Boris Herrmann was able to finish fifth in the Route du Rhum and sixthin the Bermudes 1000 Race.



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