Sailing under the Monegasque flag, Boris Herrmann and his vessel ‘Seaexplorer – Yacht Club de Monaco’ are currently on a race around the world during the 2020 Vendee Globe. Boris Herrmann and 31 other top-class skippers departed on 8 November for the legendary race, which covers over 24,000 nautical miles and finishes in Les Sables D’Olonne, France.
Boris Herrmann made a successful start to the race and rose to the top three, but with over 70 days left of sailing, it’s still anyone’s race. (The current record for the shortest Vendee Globe is 74 days however, some are predicting that this year will be much faster due to the weather.)
Boris is no stranger to sailing around the world and has already completed three circumnavigations of the Earth. However, this is the 39-year-old skipper’s first Vendee Globe and his first solo circumnavigation.
Pierre Casiraghi as Team Founder
Although Boris Herrmann is solo aboard his vessel, there is a team behind him who are supporting him every step of the way. The team’s founder is none other than Pierre Casiraghi, who recently said that the race is the culmination of many years of work; the team had their sights set on this race for a long time. Pierre Casiraghi will be keeping in regular contact with Boris and the boat throughout the race.
Due to COVID-19, Boris and his vessel were joined on the start line by only two tech team boats. The Vendee Globe usually welcomes over 350,000 people to come and view the start from the shore and the ocean.
During the race, Boris Herrmann will be measuring ocean data for the entire journey from an automated onboard laboratory. He is transmitting the data live from the boat to the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Geomar and Ifremer. This is the first time a data track of a full continuous loop around the world will have been made.
The entire Principality is rooting for Boris and he will be updating his fans and his team daily via social media and a RAW feed from his website: www.borisherrmannracing.com