Malizia is embarking on an exciting adventure with the Ocean Challenge. Everyone has their own ocean challenge but our mission is to promote ocean science, protection and education around the world whilst inspiring the next generation with sailing adventures.

This is particularly important to Pierre and Boris and to achieve this goal the team are targeting two key areas, science and education. Let us know what your ocean challenge is by tagging #myoceanchallenge in your posts and pictures.

With the help of a sensor installed on Malizia, scientists will be able to monitor the CO2 levels, temperature, salinity and pressure in hard to reach locations around the globe.

This information will be valuable in helping scientists understand the impacts of climate change within our oceans, particularly in the less travelled Southern Ocean.

The measured data is of high quality and is fed to an international data base with access for a worldwide science community:

In order to achieve this goal, Malizia has signed a collaboration with Max Planck Institute, Hamburg and Geomar, Kiel.

The ocean covers 75% of the earth’s surface and plays a huge role in slowing down climate change, absorbing a minimum of 30% of the CO2 in the atmosphere. However, we are seeing how badly the ocean is deteriorating and the negative impacts global warming, pollution, plastic and over fishing are having on our waters.

With our help our scientists can better understand this process and are sharing that knowledge by doing live video conferences in Ocean Challenge schools to answer the children’s questions first-hand.


In August 2018 we measured our first set of CO2 data on Malizia on route from Kiel to Brittany. This was really exciting as it was the first data of high quality we have recorded on board and since then we have been able to relay more data to the science team. We are looking forward to our longer races where we will be able to send back data from more remote regions.


See link to the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology.

Download the Malizia Ocean Challenge "mission statement"

We believe that one of the keys to protecting the ocean is to educate children about how wonderful and important it is.

Children are the future of our planet, and by giving them this knowledge and power we hope to make a change in the conditions of our oceans. Classes from around the world find partner classes in other countries and work collaboratively on one topic. Our goal is to nurture intercultural understanding and communication. The program has already been awarded the Ocean Tribute Award by Prinz Albert II.

We want to fascinate, engage and inspire young minds and create future ambassadors for ocean protection by sharing our sailing adventure.

We are looking to team up with schools around the world to educate children about sailing, the ocean and the environmental impacts currently effecting our seas. Team Malizia’s founder, Pierre Casiraghi, is passionate about teaching the younger generation to understand the ocean and bringing them onboard Malizia to experience it first-hand.

Teacher Birte Lorenzen has designed the creative and engaging learning materials about sailing and the oceans to provide a structured course allowing children to begin understanding and loving our oceans. The course includes an educational kit consisting of printed educational materials, a world-ocean map for the class, a paper boat model and an online program (App, Kids-Tracker and VR). The tools provide information about the Vendee Globe and life onboard Malizia. Children learn how the ocean is connected to climate change and become CO2experts themselves. The children also have the chance to visit and sail on Malizia, meet the crew and ask them questions about sailing and the ocean. The program has already proven to be successful with children onboard inFrance, Monaco, Bermuda, Hamburg and Kiel, Guadeloupe, England, New York and Brazil.

The children work collaboratively across country borders on topics surrounding the ocean and climate change. Classes have even connected with partner classes abroad. Our goal is to create a student exchange program between partner schools from different countries and support them thematically.

Our future aim is to inspire and unite others within the sailing community to promote ocean protection through education and science through their love of Sailing. To get involved at home or with your school you can download the kit in English, German or French below. You can also contact Birte Lorenzen directly at for more information.


Ideas to help you complete your own ocean challenge

  • Download our kids ocean challenge kit
  • Reduce your meat consumption
  • Offset your CO2
  • Turn off your lights
  • Follow @borisherrmannracing for more ideas
  • Cycle to work or school
  • Reduce your plastic waste
  • Buying regional food products
Download "My Ocean Challenge Kit" today

If you or your company would like to become a partner of the Malizia Ocean Challenge project please contact us at
We are happy to discuss any type of involvement.

The project benefits from the support of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation.