Le Sables D’Olonne, 4th July 2020 – And he’s off! The 20 solo sailors started the race at 15:30 pm (French time) in strong wind conditions with Boris starting well for the first leg of this 3566-mile solo race from Les Sables D’Olonne heading up towards Iceland, before turning down towards the Azores and then looping back to France.

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THE WEATHER BY WILL: It’s going to be quite a windy race for Boris on the way up to The Iceland Waypoint. The start will be in 20-25 knots of wind, definitely enough wind to make these boats light up. But it is when the fleet approaches Southern Ireland the wind and waves will really start to pick up as a strong depression approaches Western Europe. This should be sometime on Monday and we expect to see the fleet hug close to Ireland to avoid the worst of the sea state. Once this has passed the strategy becomes a bit more complicated as a second depression moves towards Scotland as well as an area of high pressure and light winds to avoid. For sure Boris will have to be on his toes as the winds will be very changeable with each of these weather systems.



This will be the first real test of the newly refitted Yacht Club de Monaco-flagged boat and the last major test before the Vendee Globe in November 2020. The partners and team in Monaco, including Team Founder and Yacht Club de Monaco Vice President, Pierre Casiraghi will be watching closely to see how the modified boat performs and cheering Boris on. Pierre commented, “we are really looking forward to seeing how the boat performs with her new foils against the new Imoca boats in this race. It will be a great test for Boris too, in some strong wind conditions and it will put him in good stead ahead of the Vendee Globe. The Yacht Club de Monaco and I are proud to see the Monegasque boat sail this year after the uncertainties that Corona brought. It should be an amazing race venturing towards the Arctic Circle and a great opportunity for the boat to collect more ocean data with our onboard CO2 sensor.”

Boris Herrmann commented “With the new foils we go much fast, 7 knots faster in one particular angle to the wind. It feels much more like a multihull, for this race I want to do well. At the very least, I want to finish – that is the most important thing. I have never abandoned a race so far, that is something very important to me. But more than the final result – this race is a great final test before the Vendee, particularly with these recent updates to the boat, I want to put everything to the test. This is really a great training race.”

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This route is a first for the Imoca class and so there is no precedent for times, however, the class has estimated 10-12 days for the race which would have the first boats back in Les Sables D’Olonne around the 14-16th July 2020.

This will be the first major race this year for the newly renamed “Seaexplorer – Yacht Club de Monaco” with our long-standing partners The Yacht Club de Monaco and EFG Bank, we welcome our new partners including Kuehne + Nagel, Hapag Lloyd, CMA CGM and MSC supporting the campaign under the banner of Net Zero Carbon and working towards a sustainable future. Whilst Boris is racing he will be measuring ocean CO2 data which will be transmitted back to our partners at Max Planck, Ifremer and Geomar and he will deploy an Argo drifter float in partnership with IOC-UNESCO and Ifremer to collect continuous data whilst it is carried in the ocean currents.

Otto Schacht, Global head of Seafreight at Kuehne + Nagel commented, “We from Kuehne + Nagel wish our climate ambassador Boris Herrmann and his yacht Seaexplorer all the best for this test race before the big one around the world in November. Please collect a lot of CO2 data, science will be proud of you, the climate and the oceans have to be preserved!”

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Thanks from all the team for your support.



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