We carry the message “A Race We Must Win”

We carry the message “A Race We Must Win” and the United Nations SDG wheel on our sails as a symbolic message and narrative around the fight against climate change and for ocean health with our focus being on SDG goals 13 and 14. We have the IOC-UNESCO logo on the bow and the Foundation Prince Albert II Monaco logo on the sails to highlight these important partnerships with two organisations both driving to protect our oceans. We have kept the logo “Unite Behind The Science” from our trip across the Atlantic with Greta Thunberg and as it supports the scientific findings of the IPCC Report on Climate Change.

Our main partners are Monaco, with The Yacht Club de Monaco and the Fondation Prince Albert II of Monaco, and Kuehne + Nagel under the name Seaexplorer.


Both have ocean health and climate change ingrained in what they do and as a focus for the future.

Monaco, the yacht club and the Monegasque people have a strong love of sailing and the ocean, with an affiliation to ocean protection and ocean health, making them our perfect partner. The Prince Albert Foundation is highly focused on this topic and has been doing significant work for many years to advance this topic. They invest millions into projects around the world that are working to create healthy oceans and to improve our climate situation. They were the first supporter of our kids Ocean Challenge programme allowing the first edition of the kit to be produced.

In 2020 we partnered with Kuehne + Nagel, one of the largest logistics companies in the world. Our partnership is based on our joint key message around ocean health and climate action. Kuehne + Nagel have developed a tool called Seaexplorer to map and measure the CO2 footprint of every shipping vessel in the world and have made this data available to their customers globally to help them make responsible shipping decisions. Team Malizia carry an onboard ocean sensor to measure the uptake of CO2 within the ocean. With this in mind we both believe in the motto “you can’t reduce what you can’t measure”.

Malizia Mangrove Park


Boris Herrmann has been involved in the field of environmental and marine protection for years,
but last year Boris also actively planted trees and mangroves.

For this purpose, there is a cooperation with the Mama Earth Foundation, which is based in the Philippines and which last year 24,000 mangroves were planted in Mindanao, and this year another 20,000 mangroves have been added.

To mark the start of the Vendée Globe, a much more far-reaching project is being launched: the Malizia Mangrove Park. The Mama Earth Foundation will plant one million more mangroves in Mati, on the south coast of Mindanao, where the first 44,000 mangroves have already been planted. The mangroves existing in the area will be combined in a protected park.

Mangroves are the "secret weapons" against climate change.

They permanently bind a lot of CO2 and are at least as successful in doing so as the tropical rainforests. They also form an important habitat for marine and coastal life and protect the coasts from tsunamis, and the reefs off the coast from destruction by sand inundation.

The adjacent communities along the coast are involved and actively participate in this project and the schools in the surrounding area will work on the subject of mangroves and pupils will help with the plantations. The University of Mati is onboard and will scientifically accompany and document the whole project.

Currently the first 100.000 mangrove seedlings are being grown in local tree nurseries, so that the next extensive planting can start soon.

The aim is to generate enough donations during the regatta and in the post race period to enable the planting of one million mangroves in Malizia Mangrove Park .

It would be great if you would be part of this project of Boris.

Renewable Energy Onboard

We have all-renewable energy onboard and use our boat, Seaexplorer – Yacht Club de Monaco, as a showcase for how well this can work. We have solar, hydro and wind power all working in harmony to fully power the boat across the ocean.

Video Conferencing

We are often conducting meetings all over the world using video conferencing – although not 100% CO2 neutral as electricity isused, this has to be the cleanest way to communicate. Early 2020 has taught us how many more meetings, presentations and conferences can be easily held online.

Laboratory

We carry an onboard ocean CO2 laboratory to measure ocean data and further science.

Tracking our CO2 footprint

Within the team, we started to measure our CO2 footprint in 2018 with Co2Logic covering things like our team travel, offices, guest activations and boat works. With the help of Co2Logic we found that we had a footprint of approximately 50 tonnes in 2018. As this doesn’t take into account our wider scope we decided to triple offset our carbon footprint.

C02 Compensation

CO2 compensation is a controversial topic as the main focus should be on reducing your footprint. However, once you have reduced as much as possible then offsetting plays an important role as it is supporting projects that reduce the amount of CO2 in the environment. These take many forms, including planting trees or Mangroves, refurbishing stoves, planting seagrass etc. We teamed up with Mama Earth, Plant for the Planet and Co2Logic to support three programmes around the world. Mama Earth is an organisation in the Philippines planting Mangroves which are a great and fast-growing way to extract CO2 from the atmosphere. Plant for the Planet plants trees around the world and have a kids’ education programme. The key is to over compensate – in 2018, we triple offset so that we should actually be doing more than our negative impact.

Clean transport

Across our German and French bases we are trying to reduce our use of cars therefore we are walking, cycling, taking an electric car or ridesharing when going to work. You can try the same.

Eat less meat

Eating less meat is an important step to reducing your footprint, some of our team are vegan but mostly we are more conscious about consuming meat less or consuming high quality meat.

Upcycling

We use old unusable sails to create new sail bags, art or jewellery which is sold on and goes to support our Ocean Challenge charity. We are also launching a jewellery range in collaboration with Karbon Creations which uses old and offcut pieces of carbon to create jewellery, the profits of which also support the Ocean Challenge.

Flying less

Although this one is not easy, we are trying as a team to travel and fly less. Where meetings can be done over Zoom or where we can  tie in multiple appointments so that travel is limited we will try to do this. Equally, taking the train or ride sharing is always another option we look at where possible.

Reselling

We are making an effort to list and resell our old boat equipment, including old sails, foils or sailing gear – by giving these a new home it stops someone else having to buy it, it stops it becoming waste and reduces manufacture of  a new product, saving material, energy, water and transport costs.