Team Malizia was founded in 2016 by Pierre Casirgahi, 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


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MILENA SCHOENAHL – Boat Captain (FRA)

Milena grew up in southern France near Montpellier. She discovered sailing during the summer breaks while she was working as a ski guide. Since, she has become a professional rigger and worked for various famous sailing teams including Gitana and MerAgite before joining Team Malizia.

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MIKE YATES – Composits and Systems (GBR)

Mike is a specialist in composites technologies.

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SHANE DIVINEY – Systems and Racing Crew (IRL)

Shane is one of the best GC32 sailors and now doing more offshore sailing with Team Malizia. He is taking care of the deck gear systems.

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HOLLY COVA – Team Manager (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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BIRTE LORENZEN - Education (GER)

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TOSTE TANHUA - Ocean Scientist (SWE)

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ANDREAS KLING - PR Manager (GER)

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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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PETER LANDSCHÜTZER - Ocean Scientist (GER)

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STEFAN RAIMUND - Ocean Science (FRA)

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PHILIPP MANN - Social Media (GER)

Philipp is one of the youngest team members and our social media guru. Philipp combined his love of sailing with his love of media and founded a very successful social media account, Secret Sailing. He made the jump to Malizia and now works as the social media manager for the team.

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DANIEL MÖHLER - Chef (SWE)

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RALF BRAUNER - Meteorologist (GER)

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