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 environmental and marine protection for years. Since mangroves are known to be CO2 eaters, he has started the Malizia Mangrove Park in Mati, in the South of the Philippines. The goal is to plant 1 million mangroves in the first stage to connect existing mangrove forests with fresh planted seedlings. The reforestation will enable the mangroves to regenerate themselves.

To monitor the reforestation, there is a cooperation with the Philippine-based Mama Earth Foundation, which has been planting mangroves in the Philippines for over two decades and has a reliable partner in Davao Oriental State University in Mati to monitor the reforestation.

Mangroves are the "secret weapons" against climate change.

The start of the Vendée Globe was also the start of the Malizia Mangrove Park. After the tree nurseries were established, things progressed quickly. The Mati-based Women’s Association was brought on board so that all residents could benefit from the reforestation right from the start. Many of the coastal communities are members of this association and raise the mangrove seedlings on behalf of the association. The fisher folk along the coast will be also involved and actively participate in the project. The public schools in the villages will include the topic of mangroves and their protection in their curriculum in order to convey to the young people how important sustainability will be for the next generations.

As a reminder: mangroves bind a lot of CO2s in the long term and are more successful than tropical rainforests. Mangroves form an important habitat for marine and coastal inhabitants, protect the coasts from wave action and tsunamis and the reefs off the coast from destruction by sand inundation.

Currently more than 522,050 mangroves have been planted.

The aim is to raise enough funds by the next Vendee Glove to enable the planting of at least one million mangroves in the Malizia Mangrove Park. After that, the next step will follow. It would be great if you would participate in this unique project of Boris.
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Planet Hero Award

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

One of the team’s partners, Zurich Group Germany, has launched the Planet Hero Award, which is being awarded annually since 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.