At 11:43.43 (UTC+1), Boris Herrmann and Will Harris crossed the finish line in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, after 14 days, 22 hours 28 minutes and 43 seconds. Finishing in twelfth place, Malizia II looks back on nearly 5000 miles of high seas from the start in Le Havre, France.

The 14th edition of the Transat Jaques Vabre brought the duo both highs and lows. The strategical choice of taking the Western route after the start did not seem as favorable as presented in the forecasts, putting some distance between them and the fleet choosing the Southern route.

However, the low winds of the Doldrums slowed the leading group and allowed Boris and Will to make up some distance. Unfortunately, Malizia did not catch the favorable trade winds they had hoped for around the equator, putting them in a stable position around 12th place. Boris and Will had successfully managed to improve their initial ranking significantly and rejoined the main fleet for the last part of the route.

One highlight to be remembered was the deployment of a high-tech drifter buoy to support the EU Copernicus TRUSTED project and UNESCO’s IOC. Being able to raise awareness for sustainability and CO2 neutrality in ocean racing is what makes sailing onboard Malizia an enriching experience.

Boris and Will beamed as they were welcomed in Salvador de Bahia this morning, and will certainly not forget this unique regatta across the Atlantic.

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