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. With Malizia II, an IMOCA 60’ the team have their sights set on 2019 and beyond to the 2020 Vendée Globe.

The Team

Commercial Team


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HOLLY COVA – Team Director (GBR)

Holly grew up sailing with her family and loves to explore the world by sail boat. Before joining Malizia as team manager in Hamburg, she was a corporate lawyer based between London and Guernsey.

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LUCIA NEBRADA - Logistics Manager (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.

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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.

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JOHANNES HAGEDORN - Partnership and Management Team (GER)

Johannes has a long career in sports marketing and has become a fan of sailing ever since he was responsible for sponsoring a well-known sailing team at a global fashion company. Since then, he's working to get a German team back on the grid for the world's largest offshore races

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MIKE MARQUES - Partnerships Team (ESP)

Former head of business development of the Volvo Ocean Race, Mike knows the sailing world inside out. Lecturer of sports marketing at the Munich Business School in his spare time.

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BIRTE LORENZEN - Education (GER)

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.

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ANDREAS KLING - PR Manager (GER)

Andreas has worked with Boris for many years and is a specialist in all things sailing and is head of PR and communications for the team.

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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.

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YANNICK KETHERS - Team Journalist (GER/POR)

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.

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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.

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THOMAS THEURILLAT - Mental Coach (SUI)

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.

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STEFAN RAIMUND - Ocean Scientist (FRA)

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DR PETER LANDSCHÜTZER - Ocean Scientist (GER)

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

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DANIEL MÖHLER - Chef (SWE)

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!

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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.

Shore Team


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STUART MCLACHLAN – Boat Captain (NZ)

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.

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MIKE YATES – Composits and Systems (GBR)

Mike is a specialist in composites technologies.

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RYAN BREYMAIER - The Expert (USA)

Involved in the IMOCA circuit since 2007, including the Barcelona World Race 2010 with Boris and winning the 2014 NY-Barcelona race with Hugo Boss. Trained as a rigger, but bringing my experience to bear anywhere we can find improvements before the Vendee.

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PADDY HUTCHINGS - Shore crew and sailor (GBR)

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SARA STONE - Shore crew and sailor (USA)

Sara is a professional sailor with a strong match racing background and a current focus of shorthanded offshore racing. She has significant training in emergency medical care and holds a Master of Science degree in the Control of Infectious Diseases, with a focus on the human health impacts of environmental change.

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RALF BRAUNER - Meteorologist (GER)

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