Now, on their smoother, faster broad reach and surfing at 24 knots at night (nearly twice the speed of the wind), Malizia II is again making time as a racer. When Skipper Boris Herrmann writes of “surfing”, below, that is the preferred mode of travel for Malizia II – and its fastest mode – the wings aiding the hull to ‘plane’ on top of the ocean. That is, to displaces less water than its actual volume. When planing or surfing occurs, the hull becomes quieter and gains speed. Potentially, a small rooster tail at the stern of the yacht forms, meaning it is cruising at a speed beyond that simply given by its hull length.
“Day 5, Pos 42º 55′ N 022º 12′ W. A sunny day with nice winds.” – 04:57 PDT
“Sunday: getting ready for a nice Sunday meal. Last night we still did 24 knots surfing under the bright moon. Tea, sleeping well & tuning into this special lifestyle of ‘rollercoaster camping’ – (KMB: a term used by Greta). Teeth brushing, squats & music playing and chats all day…” – German Offshore Sailor Boris Herrmann
Who is Skipper Boris Herrmann?
In 2001 Boris Herrmann was the youngest (and only German) participant in the Mini Transat race, a single-handed yacht race across the Atlantic. He came to finish eleventh which earned him his first larger appearance in the yachting press. In 2006 Herrmann finished second in the European Championship as well as in the German Championship in the 505 class. In spring 2008 Herrmann sailed his Class 40 yacht “Beluga Racer” to a second in the Artemis Race, the oldest transatlantic regatta for single-handed yachts.
Boris Herrmann won the Global Ocean Race, a five leg regatta around the world for Class 40 boats. He and his co-skipper Felix Oehme (the Beluga Offshore Sailing Team) came to win three of the five legs of the race, and left behind the team Desafio Cabo de Hornos. This makes them the first German professional team on a German yacht to win a leg of an international trans-ocean race and the whole race itself.
On July 29th 2019 it was announced that Skipper Boris Herrmann (age 38) is to sail climate activist Greta Thunberg from South England to New York in Mid-August 2019 on his emission-free racing yacht Malizia II.
What is the Malizia II? A carbon-neutral 60-foot racing yacht.