Golden opportunity

IMOCA sailor Boris Herrmann confirms registration for The Ocean Race.

Photography by Jean-Marie Liot

19 June 2019


Boris Herrmann has announced he is a registered competitor in the 2021-22 edition of The Ocean Race.

Herrmann, and his Team Malizia, plan to tackle the fully-crewed around the world race starting in the autumn of 2021, following his solo campaign in the 2020 edition of the Vendée Globe.

“The Ocean Race is one of the ‘big four’ sailing races alongside the Vendée Globe, the America’s Cup and the Olympic Games and is therefore potentially attractive for our German automobile partner BMW as well,” says Herrmann.

“This is a unique opportunity for us and the entire sport of sailing in Germany.

The German-flagged Illbruck Challenge won the 2001-02 edition of what was then called the Volvo Ocean Race, famously leading the fleet into a home finish in Kiel, Germany.



Herrmann has called it an pivotal moment for him as a young sailor.

“At that time I was 19, I had just finished the Mini Transat, and it inspired me to continue on to become a professional sailor,” he said in a video interview with The Ocean Race earlier this year.

“Boris and his team, with a full offshore race programme scheduled in the lead up to The Ocean Race, are well positioned to carry on that legacy and they continue to be a strong advocate for ocean health and sustainability which is a big focus area for The Ocean Race as we shape the event for the future,” said Richard Mason, the Executive Director of The Ocean Race.

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