Team Malizia announces sailors for the toughest challenge for a team in sailing: The Ocean Race

Will Harris, Rosalin Kuiper and Antoine Auriol join Boris Herrmann for The Ocean Race 2022-23.

Hamburg, 2 Mai 2022 Team Malizia presents its sailing crew – including two new members – who will compete in the next edition of the most iconic team race in the world: The Ocean Race, starting in January 2023. Not only will they be sailing on the new Malizia-Seaexplorer, a latest-generation IMOCA for this six months round the world race, they will also be spreading the team’s message ”A Race We Must Win. Climate Action Now!“ around the globe. 

German team skipper Boris Herrmann, 40, will be joined by British co-skipper Will Harris, 28, who has been part of the team since 2019. Will Harris has joined Boris Herrmann in double-handed races like the Transat Jacques Vabre 2019 and has supported the team as a meteorologist and navigator and in technical questions during the building of the new boat. Will Harris worked onshore with the race management team during the last edition of The Ocean Race and he can now fulfil his dream of competing in this historic crewed round the world race.

New to the team is Dutch sailor and co-skipper Rosalin Kuiper, 26. After setting her goal to compete in The Ocean Race seven years ago, she has done everything to be ready for the toughest crewed sailing race. She has sailed 55.000 miles – a distance that equals circling the globe twice and has successfully participated in iconic races such as the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race and last year in The Ocean Race Europe. Before becoming a professional sailor, Rosalin Kuiper competed in athletics at a national level. 

Joining them on board is Antoine Auriol, 37. The French-German videographer will document the racing and team activities as the onboard reporter (OBR). Antoine Auriol is not only a well-known television personality with several documentary series on French TV but also an enthusiastic sportsman: He is a professional kitesurfer and became Kiteboard Pro World Champion in 2010.

With these new sailors, Team Malizia is close to completing its sailing squad for The Ocean Race, starting in January 2023 in Alicante (Spain) which will see four sailors and an onboard reporter race around the world. Paul Meilhat’s French team Biotherm and American Charlie Enright’s 11th Hour Racing Team join Team Malizia as confirmed IMOCA campaigns for the hardest team challenge in sailing. 

With the hiring of onboard reporter Antoine Auriol, Team Malizia continues its successful tradition of publishing videos during races: The clips Boris Herrmann sent during the Vendée Globe have been watched by millions and found fans all around the world. The material will also play a central role in promoting Team Malizia’s mission to inspire ambitious climate action to an even larger audience.

Including the new members, Team Malizia, headed by team director Holly Cova, now has 31 members from 11 nationalities. Nearly half of them are women, in accordance with team founder Boris Herrmann’s wish to break new ground and push boundaries on and off the ocean.

Team Malizia is accompanied on this incredible race adventure by its main partners: The Yacht Club de Monaco, EFG International, Zurich Group Germany, Kuehne+Nagel, MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, Hapag-Lloyd and Schütz.

Detailed bios of the team members are below.

 From left: Boris Herrmann, Will Harris, Rosalin Kuiper and Antoine Auriol – Photos © Antoine Auriol

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Will Harris, 28, British, joins The Ocean Race 2022-23 as a co-skipper. He has been part of Team Malizia since 2019 and has been competing as co-skipper of Boris Herrmann in double-handed races such as the Fastnet Race 2019 and The Transat Jacques Vabre 2019. He has also been supporting the team as meteorologist, navigator and as a speaker at events. He’s now looking forward to the new challenge of the toughest team race in the world – which he will start next January in The Ocean Race. 

Prior to joining Team Malizia, Will Harris competed in the Figaro class that is considered the proving ground for sailors aspiring to compete in the Vendée Globe, winning the Rookie category in his first year. Racing in the Figaro amongst many other classes and races, he has gained a lot of experience and an excellent reputation in the offshore sailing world as a navigator. Among his many achievements are wins in the 2021 Class 40 Fastnet Race, at the 2020 IRC 1 Overall Caribbean 600 and a 3rd place at the The Ocean Race Europe with Team AkzoNobel. 

Will Harris was brought up in Surrey, UK. He became fascinated with sailing at the age of nine and initially focused on the Olympic dinghy classes, in which he represented Great Britain youth teams. He was introduced to offshore sailing whilst being enrolled at University of Southampton studying oceanography. Alongside sailing, Will Harris is into many other sports on the water such as kitesurfing and wing foiling, when on land he enjoys CrossFit, rock climbing and trail running. 

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Rosalin Kuiper, 26, Dutch, joins Team Malizia as a co-skipper. She will compete in the next edition of the ultimate round the world team race, The Ocean Race – fulfilling a dream she has had since joining a Dutch big boat sailing academy in 2016.

She started sailing at the age of six on her Optimist on a lake close to her hometown Zoetermeer, often accompanied by her dog Takkie. The love for being outdoors and sailing startet there. Rosalin Kuiper is an athlete with a focus on improving and winning. In her youth she competed in athletics at national level for several years. After switching to field hockey at the age of 14, it took her only two years to play at the highest level within the club. 

Rosalin Kuiper fell in love with sailing again at the age of 18 during a solo trip to Australia: She realized that she spent hours staring at sailing ships in harbors. After taking on her first sailing job, working as a deckhand on a sailing ship in the Whitsunday Islands, she knew that she wanted to do everything she could do to follow her passion. After returning, Rosalin Kuiper joined a sailing school and soon after was selected to join the youth sailing academy led by former Volvo Ocean Race skipper Roy Heiner. The dream of participating in The Ocean Race started here.

Since then, driven by her energy, her will to succeed and her focus on winning, Rosalin Kuiper has completed multiple times in iconic races like the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, The Fastnet Race, Middle Sea Race and the Caribbean 600 and has worked with a multitude of sailing champions. During The Ocean Race Europe 2021 she sailed onboard the Volvo 65 AkzoNobel as a trimmer. She is now an experienced offshore sailor with expertise in various areas and she has sailed over 55,000 miles – that’s the like going around the world twice. 

The Dutch sailor has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, specialising in sports psychology and group dynamics, in her spare time, she tries to progress in her master’s degree. She can frequently be spotted on a bike or hiking trail, kite surfing, on skis or smiling out of her self built campervan.

 

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Antoine Auriol, 37, French-German, joins Team Malizia as the onboard reporter (OBR). His position combines two of his greatest passions: moving through the sea at high speed as well as photography and filming.

After having had success at trampolining, Antoine Auriol got fascinated with windsurfing when he was 15. Four years later, he won the European Youth Championship in the “Olympic Board“ class. At the same time, he discovered kitesurfing. In 2004, for the pure fun of it, he competed on the Kiteboard Pro World Tour. Even though he only took part in two of the six events, he finished 10th overall. Since 2006, he is one of the top 3 riders in the world and became World Champion KPWT in 2010. 

Antoine Auriol is also a digital creator. His work for television includes the documentary “Free like the wind”, shot in Mexico and the USA, where he met pop art artists like Robert Indiana. In 2015, Antoine hosted a 15-part TV series: For “Wind Quest”, he travelled around the world to chase the most famous winds on Earth. In 2017, he started hosting a documentary series called “Hopeful Earth” – a quest for positive initiatives around the world. 

Antoine Auriol was born in the East of France. He now lives in Cadiz, Spain, close to the sea, where he can be found training every day. He plays the piano and composes music which can be heard on his videos. He also likes to photograph the world and people who cross his path and who are happy to connect with him because of his open attitude.

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Boris Herrmann, 40, German, is the most recognised German sailor. In 2020, he was the first German to compete in the Vendée Globe, racing non-stop alone around the world in 80 days. After a breathtaking race, he finished 5th – an achievement widely reported not only in German media. His book about this experience, “Allein zwischen Himmel und Meer“, became a bestseller.

Over the past years, Boris Herrmann has been involved in multiple world records, including the Golden Globe around America, Transpac, Cowes-Dinard, Cape-Rio and San Francisco-Shanghai. In the next months he will compete in legendary races, amongst others the Route du Rhum 2022, his first solo Atlantic crossing since the Vendée Globe and in The Ocean Race 2022-23, the toughest team race around the world.

Boris Herrmann’s fascination for the sea goes way back: His parents took him on sailing trips close to his hometown Oldenburg when he was six weeks old. At the age of 19, after having successfully competed in the Optimist and 505 class, Boris Herrmann joined in the Mini-Transat-Race from France to Brazil – as the youngest contestant. Three years later, he finished 2nd at the Artemis Transat and in 2009 he and Felix Oehme won the Portimao Global Ocean Race.

Boris Herrmann who studied economics with a focus on sustainable management at the University of Bremen is an unwavering champion of climate action and an in-demand speaker on sustainability issues. He lives in “the world’s most beautiful city“, Hamburg, with his wife Birte Lorenzen-Herrmann and their daughter Marie-Louise. In the rare moments he does not spend on the water or with his family, he can usually be found in Team Malizia’s office working on new challenges or on his bike, often accompanied by his dog Lilli.

 

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Team Malizia was founded by Pierre Casiraghi, 34, Monégasque, and Boris Herrmann, 40, German, in 2016. It has since collected a number of achievements; its skipper Boris Herrmann having been the first German sailor to compete in the Vendée Globe. In the coming months Team Malizia will compete in legendary regattas like the Route du Rhum 2022 and The Ocean Race 2022-23. 

In addition, Team Malizia uses the excitement of sport to create awareness for ocean protection and to highlight solutions to the climate crisis. The team’s slogan “A Race We Must Win. Climate Action Now!” is widely visible on the sails of the Malizia-Seaexplorer IMOCA racing yacht as are the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. In 2019, it was Boris Herrmann and Pierre Casiraghi who sailed climate activist Greta Thunberg to the UN Climate Conference. 

Team Malizia contributes to scientific research with its ocean laboratory called an “Ocean Pack“ that collects valuable CO2 data during races and deliveries. It has also established close links to research institutes in Germany, Monaco, France and linked to the UN. Furthermore, Team Malizia puts a strong focus on education. Birte Lorenzen-Herrmann, the team’s ocean educator, developed the program „My Ocean Challenge“ which is available in 12 languages and is used in schools all over the world to teach children about the beauty of the oceans and the dangers they face through climate change. 

Team Malizia currently has 31 members from 11 nationalities: Founding-Skipper Boris Herrmann and co-skippers Will Harris and Rosalin Kuiper are joined by team members with diverse backgrounds, from boat building to videography and finance. Team director is Holly Cova.

Team Malizia is joined in its effort to be one of the most exciting sailing teams and a champion for sustainability and climate change by seven main partners: The Yacht Club de Monaco, EFG International, Zurich Group Germany, Kuehne+Nagel, MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, Hapag-Lloyd and Schütz.