Hamburg (dpa) – 586 days after crossing the finish line of his Vendée Globe premiere, offshore hero Boris Herrmann is celebrating a new milestone: On Tuesday, the four-time circumnavigator and his team Malizia will christen their new boat in Hamburg. The Imoca racing yacht was launched on July 19 in Lorient, France. The team sails the boat towards Hamburg, passed the Dutch coast on Sunday. The new “Malizia – Seaexplorer” will carry the 41-year-old skipper and his team around the world twice in the next three years.
Before the official christening, “Malizia” will make a stop in Cuxhaven on Monday on its course towards the Hanseatic city. From there she sails up the Elbe to Hamburg on Tuesday morning with a large fleet of escort boats. “We are very much looking forward to the baptism because Hamburg is our home port and our center of gravity,” said Herrmann before the climax. The event will be broadcast live by NDR from 12:00 p.m. and can be seen on large screens on the Magellan Terraces in HafenCity.
When the Mahatma Gandhi Bridge opens for the 27 meter high racing yacht at 12.30 p.m. on Tuesday, Boris Herrmann and his crew will enter the traditional ship port. The naming ceremony with celebrities from politics, business and sport is scheduled for 1:15 p.m.
For Boris Herrmann, the visit to his hometown is only a short flying visit, because the first test of the new building is approaching: The starting signal for the Défi Azimut regatta week will be given on September 13th in Lorient. The Route du Rhum, the first transatlantic regatta that Herrmann will contest solo, will follow on November 6th. On January 15, 2023, he and his team will start the most famous team race around the world: the Ocean Race. The long-term goal is then the second Vendée Globe participation in 2024/25.
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