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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STUART MCLACHLAN – Boat Captain (NZ)

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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)

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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ROBIN SALMON - Racing Crew (FR)

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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.

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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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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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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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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)

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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RALF BRAUNER - Meteorologist (GER)

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