Boris Herrmann christens his new Malizia – Seaexplorer Race Yacht in his hometown of Hamburg
by Team Malizia Sep 7 14:14 UTC
The Malizia team on arrival in Hamburg aboard Malizia – Seaexplorer to christen their new racing boat © Moritz Becker
Team Malizia skipper Boris Herrmann has arrived in the Hanseatic city aboard his newly built racing yacht to celebrate the Malizia Ocean Festival. Shortly after docking in the Traditionsschiffhafen in the heart of Hamburg and being greeted by several thousand cheering onlookers, the Malizia – Seaexplorer was christened by 150 local children.
Hamburg, September 6, 2022 – Boris Herrmann, Germany’s best-known offshore sailor and skipper of Team Malizia, is back in Hamburg. With a new boat, new co-skippers, a bigger team and even bigger ambitions, Boris Herrmann sailed from Lorient, France to his hometown to celebrate the Malizia Ocean Festival and christen the brand new racing yacht Malizia – Seaexplorer.
Leaving from Brittany five days earlier, Boris Herrmann and his Team Malizia crossed the Channel and went up the Elbe on Tuesday morning accompanied by a flotilla of nearly 100 boats. Journalists, partners, friends and fans of the team signed up and joined Blankenese IMOCA to share this unique experience on the water, also broadcast live by NDR for everyone to follow. As the flotilla, led by the racing yacht carrying the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals on its sails, approached the iconic Elbphilharmonie, it was greeted by a fireboat spraying water from the firefighters of Hamburg.
At 12.30 p.m. sharp, the Mahatma-Gandhi bridge on the Sandtorhafen opened to let the 27-metre-high IMOCA into the harbour. Shortly after, Malizia – Seaexplorer docked on the pontoon of the Traditionsschiffhafen to the applause of a jubilant crowd. Several thousand people gathered along the entire length of the port, from the bridge to the Magellan Terrassen, as well as on the pontoon to experience this privileged moment: Boris errmann was back in town with his team and his new boat, for a first since 2018 and since the end of the Vendée Globe 2020-21, a race that many Germans and fans around the world had followed with passion.
Arriving home, Boris Herrmann said: “Being here is a very unusual feeling, I usually walk here with my dog or with my little girl, and now there are so many people here than I’ve ever seen. here! Great and thank you all too bad for coming! Hamburg is the home port of the Malizia – Seaexplorer, and also my home. As sailors we are a bit superstitious and a boat baptism is extremely important, it was so important for me to come to Hamburg for that.”
Andy Grote, Hamburg Senator for Interior and Sports, Dr. Andreas Kleinau, CEO of HafenCity Hamburg GmbH, Markus Söhl, CEO of Stiftung Hamburg Maritim then boarded the boat to give Boris a warm welcome.
German journalist and TV host Julia Niharika Sen moderated the event which saw Boris Herrmann, co-skippers Will Harris and Rosalin Kuiper and Malizia Ocean team educator Birte Lorenzen-Herrmann share their wish for the future of the boat. Then, surrounded by around 150 children from local sailing schools and clubs, Team Malizia partners and the crowd, the countdown began and the children pulled the rope together to smash a bottle of champagne against the boat. When the bottle hit the bowsprit, it didn’t break, causing the crew and the crowd to laugh. Boris Herrmann climbed onto the bowsprit to fix and refit the mechanism, and on the second attempt the kids christened the racing machine that will circumnavigate the globe twice in the next three years.
A well-attended press conference followed with many interested in the next big round-the-world race, The Ocean Race from 2023. Which will see a team of four sailors and an on-board journalist race around the world over the course of six following months. With Boris commenting that he had his eye on the ultimate goal of being another Vendée Globe in 2024.
Afterwards, an exciting panel discussion by leading German climate advocates from science, business, lobby groups and charities began with a lively discussion on the role of women in action and advocacy for climate as some of the leading voices in action today.
As the crowd enjoyed the festival, they were greeted by Malizia team members, music and herbal delicacies and plenty of activities and tents. Including virtual reality of underwater life presented by Pico and VRtual X, a technical tent presenting sustainable solutions and materials with partners Solbian, Schütz and Greenboats, activations for children on the mangroves and the educational program Malizia My Ocean Challenge, interactive pins to learn more about the planet of Zurich Hero Award, the opening of the OPEN-Art exhibition “Malizia – Seaexplorer” on the Überseeboulevard, sustainable coffee workshops with La Marzocco and a large showcase from The Ocean Race and Kuehne+Nagel on sustainability in ocean freight. The team also presented its scientific partnership with Geomar, the Max-Planck Institute for Meteorology and Ifremer with an exhibition on ocean CO2, their onboard laboratory and the impact of the climate crisis on the ocean.
The festival runs until 10:00 p.m. and members and partners of the Malizia team will end the evening in the famous Hamburg Maritime Museum to enjoy an evening of vegan dishes and a presentation by Boris Herrmann.
Team Malizia is joined in its efforts to be one of the most exciting sailing teams and a champion of sustainability and climate action by its seven main partners: Zurich Group Germany, Kuehne+Nagel, MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, Hapag-Lloyd, Schütz, the Yacht Club of Monaco and EFG International.