The Race

The Bermudes 1000 race starts today 9th May 2019 at 5pm, after being postponed from 8th May 2019 due to an aggressive low pressure system. This is a 2000nm race from Douarnenez in France, up to the Fastnet Rock and then down and around the Azores before finishing back in Brest.

Malizia – Grand Prix Guyader 2019

There are 17 IMOCAs competing in the race with some sailors competing solo for the first time. This will be Boris’s second big solo race on Malizia-Yacht Club de Monaco and he is keen to put what he has learnt from the Route du Rhum into practice.

Malizia – Yacht Club de Monaco has been fully refitted over the winter with thousands of hours of work and modifications completed. She is now equipped with solar power thanks to Solbian Solar and has had other modifications to fit the class rules and improve the performance. The team have been carrying out shake down sails over the last month and used the GP Guyader races, which took place over the last few days, to test all the work done. The team are confident and happy with how the yacht is performing.

Malizia – Yacht Club de Monaco- Grand Prix Guyader 2019

This race is important for Boris as it is the first IMOCA Globe Series race of the season and therefore an opportunity to gain more qualifying miles to keep Boris at the top of the miles sailed leader board for Vendee Globe qualification. Equally, Boris is currently in 4th place on the IMOCA rankings but as the three ahead of him are not sailing in this race, he has the chance to move up the rankings here too.


You can follow the race tracker live here and follow our social media channels (icons at the top) for frequent updates and images.

If you want to send Boris messages of good luck or messages during the race then please send them to

Thanks all and enjoy the race.

Team Malizia


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