Team Malizia was founded in 2016 by Pierre Casiraghi, Vice-President of the Yacht Club de Monaco. Pierre Casiraghi and Boris Herrmann are racing teammates, good friends and ocean explorers. They have worked together to create Team Malizia and sail races across the globe.

The team name Malizia, chosen by Pierre, symbolises the Grimaldi family history and their deep connection to the ocean. It translates to ‘the Cunning One’’ a name that was given to Francesco Grimaldi in 1297 after he established the family dynasty.

Pierre shows that there is a sentimental link to the name and says “I always wanted to give this name to a race team for what Malizia represents for us in the Principality”. The team have their sights set on the Vendée Globe and beyond to The Ocean Race.


HOLLY COVA – Team Director (GBR)

Holly is based in Hamburg and has been managing Team Malizia since 2018. She is responsible for overseeing all areas of management, sponsorship, PR/media and logistics. Holly was previously a lawyer and is also a keen ocean sailor and lived on a boat sailing the South Pacific for all of 2016.


LUCIA NEBREDA - Management Team (SPN)

Lucia has been working for different sailing teams and event the last 5 years - including Turn the Tide on Plastic team of the last Volvo Ocean Race edition - doing all the logistics around the world. In her spare time you will find her running and exploring the city she is in.


LOUIS VIAT - Team Manager (FRA)

Louis joined the team in July 2021 as our French Team Manager after having worked for 10 years alongside Franck Cammas-Groupama sailing campaigns and more recently with the IMOCA Class



Stuart has over 16 years experience in running racing yachts and has been involved in The Ocean Race, The Vendee Globe and The Barcelona World Race.



Kerstin's great passions are offshore sailing, the ocean - and numbers. She joins the team on the financial side and projects.


HELENE KATZ - Communications Manager (GER/FR)

Helene has a background in marine geosciences and science communication and previously worked for the University of Bordeaux. She loves to learn and educate about ocean and climate sciences, with a focus on digital communication. Helene is a passionate scuba diver and explores the ocean whenever she can!


CORNELIUS EICH - Partnership & Sustainability Manager(GER)

Cornelius manages the partnership and sustainability campaign of Team Malizia after having worked for seven years in European Affairs in EU Brussels. He loves politics, sailing and philosophical discussions. Besides work and hobbies, Cornelius is member of the German armed forces


HUGO LE POMELLEC - Events Manager (FRA)

Hugo is from Brittany, France. He has been fond of sailing since a young age, he started his career working for the Extreme Sailing Series as part of the event team. After 4 years and more than 30 international events under his belt, he worked for the Ellen MacArthur Foundation where he learned about circular economy.
In 2020, he headed back to France and started studying to become a mental coach. 
In November 2021, he joined the team with a double hat, as events manager and supporting the team as a performance coach.



Birte is a teacher with 8 years experience, she developed the Ocean Challenge kit with the aim to educate children around the world about climate change and the ocean.



Polar scientist and adventurer. Anne-Claire has participated in various polar expeditions and worked with multiple research institutes before joining the Malizia Ocean Challenge program. Here, she wants to develop scientific and educational programs to inspire younger generations using her knowledge from past expeditions and findings.


LYDIA GOLL - Executive video producer / educator

Lydia spent three years, 30.000 nautical miles sailing offshore. In her former life she was a TV journalist, professor and film producer. She loves nature and outdoor activities - skiing, hiking, diving….


RICARDO PINTO - Photographer & Videographer (POR)

Ricardo quit his job as an engineer 10 years ago to do what he really loves: take action shoots of all kind of water sports!


CHRIS HUELSS - Design Team (GE)

Chris is a German boatbuilder and yacht designer based in the UK. He has joined team Malizia as part of the new build design team. Having worked on IMOCA projects for the last few years he will be primarily in charge of the deck layout, weight estimate and stability calculations.


MARINE VILLARD - Management Team (FRA)

With a background training in naval architecture Marine as been working for nearly 20 years among racing teams alongside skippers as Franck Cammas, Michel Desjoyeaux, Francois Gabart, Jean le Cam…Thus, she had the opportunity to work on variety of projects such as Volvo Ocean Race boats, Utilm trimarans, Vendee Globe’s IMOCA monohulls and more. Today she has joined the team as technical coordinator on Malizia 3 project.


REBECCA SAINSON - Boat Design Team (FRA)

After completing her Yacht Design studies in Southampton, Rebecca pursued her childhood passion for sailing in Brittany. Starting her career as a boatbuilder for Multiplast during the construction of Gitana 17, she was then in charge of the design office for a local shipyard. Rebecca is now part of the design team for the building of the new boat. She is also passionate about her horses and loves surfing !


BORJA NEBREDA - Boat build Manager (SPA)

From the Basque Country, north of Spain and he used to work at Persico Marine and was part of the 2 Vestas boat repairs in the last 2 Volvo Ocean races. He was also part of the Linkedout IMOCA build project! He loves surfing and producing his own longboards in his spare time.


FELIX GROOS - Boatbuilder (GER)


STUART OLIPHANT - Boatbuilder (UK)

With over 15 years experience in the composite industry brings a variety of skills to the team. Previously working on Volvo Ocean races, Americas Cup and Imoca builds. He is very confident in our project and the tasks ahead.


EDWIN DELAAT - Rigging Manager (NZ)

In charge of mast and all spars maintenance and tuning, and in charge of everything related to ropes: rope systems design, production, tuning and maintenance.


JESSE NAIMARK-ROWSE - Electronics and Energy (UK)

He is in charge of the design of the electronics and energy architecture of the boat.


LOÏC DOREZ - Head of the design office (FRA)

He is in charge of the research and design group of the boat


AXELLE PILLAIN - Electronics and performance engineer - (FR)

Axelle is from France, studied electrical engineering and whenever she is not working she is usually sailing on 470. Axelle is in charge of the electronics equipments on the boat, from communication and navigation tools to fibre optics. Carrying out data analysis for better performance.


OAKLEY MARSH - Rigger & sailmaker - (NZ)

Born and raised in New Zealand with a sailing background in racing and cruising, competing nationally and internationally in match racing as a skipper, with a current world ranking of 103. I love being around or in the water in any shape or form, from sailing to surfing or hanging out at the beach. I am working within the rigging department as well the team sailmaker


ANDREAS LINDLAHR - Photographer and videographer (GER)

Andreas is a lifetime photographer and filmer on land and on water. He is also a Mini-Transit sailor and sailing enthusiast.

Advisory Team


ARNO BÖHNERT - Management Team (GER)

Arno is a dedicated offshore sailor himself and has been racing worldwide. He has joined the team on the corporate and management side and also works as a sales director for an international german company.



Thomas is a mountain guide and holds a degree in psychology. He is also a coach and the focus of his company, OneDay is on the specific strengths of people in challenging situations. Thomas is coaching Boris and helping him prepare for the mental and physical challenge that is the Vendée Globe.


RALF BRAUNER - Meteorologist (GER)

Science, education and training in relation to weather/routing options.


ARNO KRONENBERG - Consultant & Sponsoring (GER)

After a decade of worldwide racing Arno’s fascination for single-hand-racing brought Boris and him in the late nineties together. Since then Arno assists Boris especially concerning sponsoring and business-development.



Yannick has been sailing since childhood. He writes articles for sailing magazines and various blogs, sharing his experiences at sea and reporting on sailing events in four languages: English, French, German and Portuguese.


STEFAN RAIMUND - Ocean Scientist (FRA)



Peter is a leading scientist in climate change at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology and works closely on the data Malizia produces to effectively read, present and submit the information



Daniel is the Team Malizia chef, cooking up amazing meals and making sure that everyone is well fed in the run up to the big races!


Dr. Jens Holscher - Team Legal and Sponsorship (GER)

Jens has joined the team in 2019 on the management side and gives support in sponsorship and legal matters. While he runs his own law firm specialized in IP and contract law Jens is also legal counsel for Europeans biggest climate week and a dedicated sailor since his youth.


DR TOSTE TANHUA - Ocean Scientist (SWE)

Toste is a Geomar ocean scientist and plays a key role in advising on ocean impacts of climate change and analysing the data that Malizia produces.


  • September: Défi Azimut Race
  • November: Route du Rhum (transatlantic race from St.Maló to Guadalupe)


  • January - July: The Ocean Race
  • August: Rolex Fastnet Race
  • September: Défi Azimut
  • October: Transat Jacques Vabre


  • May: The Transat CIC
  • June: New York-Vendée-Les Sables d’Olonne
  • September: Défi Azimut
  • November: Vendée Globe


  • January: Vendee Globe finish


We are currently building a new IMOCA 60 and as soon as we have more information we will add it here



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max speed

Our racing yacht, Seaexplorer - Yacht Club De Monaco was originally called Malizia - Yacht Club de Monaco.

The name change is due to our new partnership with Kuehne + Nagel which combines with The Yacht Club de Monaco to create a partnership based around sustainability, the ocean and climate change.

The two title partners are represented on the hull and sails along with our other partners, EFG Bank, MSC, CMA and Hapag Lloyd.

Seaexplorer - Yacht Club de Monaco is a first generation foiling IMOCA60 built in 2015.

Team Malizia updated her foils in 2016 and a further full update in 2020 with new third generation foils to make her highly competitive. Her purpose is to explore the ocean and compete in big ocean races like the Vendee Globe and The Ocean Race.

She has a mast height of 29m, is 18.28m in length, 5.50m beam and has a 4.50m draught. These boats are built using composite material which is intended to reduce weight whilst also being able to endure extreme weather conditions out in the ocean. With the ability of doing 30 knots in only 22 knots of wind, the foiling system allows her to make full use of all available wind. Upwind she has a sail area between 240 and 330 m2 and downwind between 460 and 620m2.

We are fully equipped with solar panels and hydro generators to power the boat so we do not use fossil fuels.

We also carry a CO2 ocean sensor onboard to measure ocean data in remote locations.

Seaexplorer – Yacht Club de Monaco moves with the power of the wind and creates energy from the sun with her 1.3kw of custom fitted solar panels supplied by Solbian Solar. She also harnesses the power of the water through two Watt and Sea hydro generators at the stern of the boat that can be raised and lowered depending on your tack. In 2019 we completed 4 trips across the Atlantic without using any fossil fuels, in 2020 we will aim to do the same.

What is the Ocean Race?

Since 1973, The Ocean Race has provided the ultimate test of a team and a human adventure like no other. Over four decades it has kept an almost mythical hold over some of the greatest sailors and been the proving ground for the legends of our sport.

Since 1973, The Ocean Race has provided the ultimate test of a team and a human adventure like no other. Over four decades it has kept an almost mythical hold over some of the greatest sailors and been the proving ground for the legends of our sport.

The race sits, just as it always has, at the intersection of human adventure, and world-class competition. Thanks to the work of the Onboard Reporters embedded with every team, fans are given a unique insight into just what it takes to win a race that is relentless in its demands – as teams give everything they have, 24 hours a day, in pursuit of the tiny advantages that can make all the difference.

The race’s concept is simple: it’s a round-the-clock pursuit of competitive edge and the ultimate ocean marathon, pitting the sport’s best sailors against each other across the world’s toughest waters. It’s relentless: the importance of winning, the adventure of life on board, the transformative effect on the sailors — all of these combine to give the race its power and depth.

The next edition of The Ocean Race will start from Alicante, Spain in January 2023.


  • Alicante
  • Cape Verde
  • Cape Town
  • Itajai
  • Newport
  • Aarhus
  • Kiel (fly by)
  • The Hague
  • Genoe


  • January - July 2023
History about the race

The Vendée Globe is a solo (single handed) non-stop around the world yacht race with no assistance.

It was founded in 1989 by Philippe Jeantot and only happens every 4 years. The race starts and finishes in Les Sables-d’Olonne in France and it is considered the pinnacle of yacht races.

During the race the sailors travel down the Atlantic Ocean to the Cape of Good Hope, then travel around Antarctica with Cape Leeuwin and Cape Horn on their port side and then back to France.

Boris's time on the Vendée Globe 2020/21 was:

80 days 14 hours 59 minutes and 45 seconds

Technological advancements are making this race even more exciting with the ability to livestream the action happening on the boat and to connect with the sailors.

Understandably the race received a lot of media coverage, with over 36.5k articles mentioning Boris, the yacht and the team and an AVE valuation for editorial & online news alone of €405.67M.


Vendee Globe website and app views


Vendee Globe videos viewed


visitors to the start and end of the race


Start of next Vendée Globe


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We are still looking for sponsors for the Vendee Globe and beyond into The Ocean Race.
If you are interested and would like to know more please email us on [email protected]