One Man and his Sailboat
Boris Hermann has already partaken in the world’s most difficult regattas, and is German extreme sailing’s most promising figure. In 2009, he won the Portimão Global Ocean Race with his co skipper Felix Oehme, and was named the fastest sailor in the world by Yacht Magazine. His next competition was the Barcelona World Race in 2011. After exactly 100 days of racing, Boris Herrmann crossed the finishing line of the regatta on his NEUTROGENA sailboat. In 2015, Boris passed the NE passage on the “Qingdao China” trimaran without a single stop. This was the first time that a ship had ever made it through the freezing Arctic Ocean without stopping and by only using sails. In 2020, Boris will be the first German to take part in the highly prestigious Vendée Globe regatta, sailing on his “Malizia II” yacht.
Around the world in 80 days
Boris Herrmann has been dreaming of sailing around the world, all by himself, ever since he was a child. He’s sailed around the globe three times now, but never on his own, and never without making stops. This is meant to change in 2020, when the 37-year-old will enter the race of his life: The highly prestigious Vendée Globe, which is known as the hardest single-handed regatta in the world. It begins on the French Atlantic Coast, with a route leading through every ocean and then back again.
Staying dry and warm
It takes sailing skills, courage and plenty of experience to withstand the forces of nature on your own – of course, all of these things are useless if your technology fails you: “If anything breaks that I can’t replace or repair myself on board, the race is over.” Boris Herrmann also knows the importance of an effective marine heater for competitive success. “It is always dry and warm below deck, even in extreme weather conditions with large temperature differences, constant dampness and wet clothing.”
The importance of clean oceans
Besides being successful in his sport, the man from Lower Saxony also cares a great deal about the environment. He uses a special sensor attached to his ship to collect data for climate research while sailing. “I’d like to accomplish more as a high sea regatta professional than just get from point A to B as fast as possible,” explains Boris, who also shares his sailing adventures with children in the course of a school project to sensitize them to the topic of climate change. “We have to treat the water, our element, with great care and make sure that future generations understand and internalize the importance of clean oceans.”