After the postponement of the start four times due to the heavy fog, the 33 sailors competing in the 9th Vendée Globe finally set sail from Les Sables-d’Olonne. In front of them is a 24,296 nautical mile round-the-world solo, non-stop.
Excellent start for Boris Herrmann, the official representative of the Principality of Monaco, with the IMOCA 60 (18.28 m) Seaexplorer-Yacht Club de Monaco, a monohull equipped with the latest generation foil. He is the first German skipper to take part in this legendary competition.
“Described by many as the Everest of the seas, it is an extreme challenge in its purest form: sailors who fight alone against the elements and follow their dreams to the end through the strength of their courage and sacrifice. Another reason for pride is the environmental aspect that guides this project, in collaboration with my Foundation, YCM Vice President Pierre Casiraghi, and our skipper Boris Herrmann. They have equipped the Seaexplorer-Yacht Club de Monaco with an ocean laboratory that allows scientists to measure and record scientific parameters. All our best wishes go to Boris, whose progress we will follow with enthusiasm and passion for the duration of this epic regatta,” said H.S.H. Prince Albert II, sports expert and President of the Yacht Club de Monaco, the godfather of the previous 2016-2017 edition.
On Saturday, the day before the start, H.S.H. Prince Albert II and Pierre Casiraghi, in compliance with the rules of the blockade, hosted an online conference for a final chat with Boris before his departure, which was attended by about 50 supporters of the Team Malizia, family and friends including Greta Thunberg, and the favorite of the race Alex Thomson.
(Vendée Globe: a great start for Boris Herrmann – Barchemagazine.com – November 2020)