It’s race day! Boris Herrmann and Will Harris are about to set off for the 608 nautical miles offshore classic – the Rolex Fastnet Race. The fleet including twenty IMOCA 60 racing yachts will start in just a few hours from Cowes, round the Fastnet Rock off the Irish coast and eventually finish in Plymouth.

Boris Herrmann and Will Harris ready to compete in the legendary Fastnet Race. Photo: Andreas Lindlahr.

It will be the first race for this duo on board Malizia. Boris and Will have been preparing intensely off the coast of Lorient as well as during the delivery from Brittany to the Solent in various weather conditions.

In fact, as far as the Fastnet Race is concerned, the team should also expect various weather and wind conditions: For the start today, light south-easterly winds between 8 to 10 knots are predicted. This south-easterly flow will dominate during the first hours of the race; later, exiting the English Channel, the crews will have to negotiate an area of lighter winds. Once in the Celtic Sea, south-westerly winds between 4 and 5 Bft, possibly increasing to 6 Bft are expected, offering excellent conditions for fast IMOCA 60 sailing.

Expected wind conditions for the race start midday. Photo: Screenshot

In addition to racing together with Will, Boris is also keen to put the new Quantum sails to the test that were recently designed and made specifically for Malizia. So, the duo and boat are ready for the race and are looking forward to crossing the finish line probably around Monday evening.

First test in racing mode: Malizia has been equipped with brand new Quantum sails. Photo: Andreas Lindlahr.

Click here to view the official Rolex Fastnet Race Tracker and follow Malizia live! Besides, you will find regular updates on our social media channels (icons on top of the page).

Looking forward to an exciting Fastnet Race 2019! Photo: Andreas Lindlahr.

Following the Fastnet, the team are already very excited about the transatlantic trip with Greta Thunberg on board. In mid-August, Malizia will set off from the UK and head for New York!


Yannick Kethers

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