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.

All the founding partners unite behind a common mission to support the United Nations Sustainability Goals (SDGs) and Team Malizia’s A Race We Must Win movement which is about increasing ambition around climate action (SDG 13) as one of the most pressing challenges of our time.

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

Team Malizia signed in spring 2021 a five-year partnerships with Hapag-Lloyd, Zurich Group Germany, MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, EFG, Yacht Club de Monaco and Kuehne+Nagel.


“We are all together in one boat in a race against time to find solutions for the climate crisis. Therefore, we want to highlight some of the industry-solutions our partners work on, to help inspire a common vision and advocate for ever more ambitious action,” explains Boris Herrmann.
“One of the key solutions in our eyes is the advancement of new fuels on the basis of renewable energies. This topic concerns our partners from the logistics, shipping, yachting, finance and the insurance industry alike. We think that those large corporations we partner with are key players in this urgently needed transformation.”

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.


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.


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.


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.

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.’ to: ‘Help us restore the ecosystem by reaching the goal of the Malizia Mangrove Park of planting 1 million mangroves by the end of 2021!!

Boris Herrmann has been involved in the field of environmental and marine protection for years, that is why last year the Malizia Mangrove Park was created, in order to plant trees and mangroves to help restore our ecosystem.

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 more than 261,486 mangroves have been planted.

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.

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Planet Hero Award

Zurich Deutschland and Team Malizia are looking for projects
to improve environmental and climate protection.

One of the team’s new partners, Zurich Group Germany, have launched the Planet Hero Award, which will be awarded annually from 2021 for particularly climate-promoting initiatives. The Planet Hero Award recognises engagements that help limit global warming to 1.5 degrees, promote biodiversity or protect the oceans.

With the award, we want to both appreciate and promote important contributions to climate protection.

Private individuals over the age of 18 with permanent residence in Germany, universities, schools, associations or non-profit organizations with an area of ​​activity in Germany are eligible to participate in the “Best Climate Initiative” category. Commercial companies (including start-ups) are excluded from participation.

The winners receive attractive funding, which – here too, sustainability counts – must be used for a period of three years for each award-winning initiative to expand or further develop ongoing projects. Depending on the scope of the initiative, the first three winners have a funding amount of up to 100,000 euros , 60,000 euros or 30,000 euros at their disposal.

Elbstiftung-Foundation and Team Malizia

Team Malizia and the Elbstiftung- Foundation partnered in 2019 with the common goal to further education. The Elbstation’s main aims are shown below and Boris proudly carries their logo on Seaexplorer, as well as providing them with personalised video and photo content to work with in their projects with the aim to inspire, educate and act as a role model for the young people of Hamburg.

Providing better educational opportunities

Our mission is to provide better educational opportunities for underprivileged youth in Hamburg by engaging them in creative work: visual, audio, digital and performing arts. That is why the Elbstiftung started the umbrella project Elbstation Akademie as a creative outlet for Hamburg’s youth to help them achieve their full potential and facilitate their access to higher education.

Educating young people in sustainability

With our project we also aim to inspire and empower young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to take positive action on climate change. We want them to explore controversial environmental issues.

Part of our educational concept for 2021 involves for example that the young people focus on Hamburg´s environmental challenges: air pollution from the port, garbage disposal and recycling, pollution from transportation and deepening and widening of the river Elbe. They will also research the work of Hamburg´s climate activists and here is where the partnership with Team Malizia’s Boris Herrmann starts. The students will interview Boris Herrmann, receive content of him on his sailing boat and produce a short-film inspired by his passion to protect the oceans. Furthermore, the young people will contact our regional Fridays For Future office and join in online conferences with the group.

Becoming aware of environmental problems

By these activities the students will become aware of environmental problems and gain motivation and knowledge to tackle the existing ones and to prevent the new ones. They will acquire personal and civic responsibility and develop commitment and skills needed to combat the climate crisis.