Building on the successful four-year campaign which culminated in a fifth place in the Vendee Globe and created strong enthusiasm and media impact in Germany, France and 70 other countries around the globe, Boris Herrmann and his team are embarking on a new five-year programme. The focus on ocean science and education remains key.
Team Malizia has committed to building a new boat with the French design team VPLP and the Multiplast yard in France in order to compete on the highest level in the coming years... The project is already in the design phase. Malizia has grown the team in order to bring in strong technical knowledge from the French offshore racing scene. The team will also work with German based Greenboats in order to create boat-parts from sustainable materials and with SCHÜTZ in order to provide German-made materials for the new build.
The new IMOCA 60 is designed to compete in 18 races across 15 countries, a highlight will be the legendary The Ocean Race 2022/23 (formerly the Volvo Ocean Race). This will see a team of 5 crew members sail around the world over 9 months in a climate positive race with 10 stopovers. Boris said: “I remember witnessing the German Illbruck Team winning the Volvo Ocean Race 2001 in Kiel and dreaming of competing in this prestigious event one day myself! Now we have that chance to sail around the world as a team! We will use it as a chance to test and develop the boat for the Vendee Globe 2024, to inspire children, collect valuable ocean-data and promote ambitious climate action.”