A man, a boat, allows no help: Hamburger starts at the most brutal race in the world
The Vendée Globe is arguably the toughest sailing race in the world. Boris Herrmann is the adventure on Sunday, the first German Skipper. What to expect? Violent storms, huge waves, freezing temperatures and little sleep.
It is so crazy how stunning: On Sunday, 13.02 PM, Boris Herrmann launches into his first Solo circumnavigation of the World. The choice-Hamburg is one of 18 New in the record fleet of 33 boats from eight countries. 27 men and six women Globe face the challenges of the ninth edition of the Vendée. The Best can expect a 70-day Ride through brutal storms, calms, house-high waves and freezing temperatures. The rules for the race with the Start and finish port of Les Sables-d’olonne are as simple as it is brutal: a man, a boat, around the world, no stops, no help from the outside.
Why the father of a four and a half months old daughter, looking for adventure at sea, describes Herrmann, preferably with a comparison: “some 8,000 people have climbed the Mount Everest. About 500 were in All. But less than 100 of the world have circumnavigated alone and non-stop. I want to be one of them.”
The first German Skipper in the Vendée Globe
The economist has taken a long run up to the Regatta of his life, failed before, several times in the attempt to be the first German Skipper to it. “I had to brush off the effects of setbacks,” says the 39-Year-old, “now I’m proud to have made it to the start line managed. I’m ready.”
Boris Herrmann knows what he’s getting into: With the team, he has horn circumnavigated the world three times already, knows the southern ocean and other cliffs of the 24.296 nautical miles (44.996-km) – long course along the three infamous landmarks: the Cape of Good hope, Cape Leuwin and Cape.
With the family dog, Lilly, Hermann withdrew a week before the Start. The apartment in Les Sables-d’olonne, in the Vendée, after which the race is named, has views of the Atlantic ocean waves. “Lilly has calmed me down,” says Herrmann, who will be without the mitfiebernde family in 1150 kilometres away in Hamburg. Everything is actually done. But: The last remaining concern to be at the final Corona Test positive for the race locked to attract attention, which he shares with all of the starters.
Freeze-dried food, a maximum of four hours of sleep per day
Will be sailed to around 18-metre-long high-tech yachts in the Imoca class. Lord’s “Seaexplorer – Yacht Club de Monaco” is one of 19 boats of the younger Foil-Generation, which are equipped with wings. Turn the yachts almost in flying machines with top speeds of up to 40 knots (74 km/h), which are controlled by autopilot. The Skipper work as navigators in a movable and cushioned pilot to sit under the Deck. They feed on freeze-dried food out of bags and sleeping only three to four hours per day.
The race is, with a failure rate of around 50 percent as a “Demolition Derby” (demolition Derby). Three deaths were reported in the 31 year history of the race to complain about. Herrmann is nevertheless optimistic: “I trust my boat. It is as safe as it could be.” Wife Birte Lorenzen-Herrmann says: “I worry about Boris when he is on the boat. He knows what he’s doing.” Top priority has Arrive for Herrmann at the Premiere of the. Without ambition, he is not: “A place in the Top Ten would be nice.”
The Slogan of Mr Mann’s Team Malizia refers to the second Mission of the skipper: “A Race we must win – a race we must win” in the fight against climate change. Herrmann will collect during the race, marine data, and scientists to provide. 2019 Herrmann climate activist Greta Thunberg had sailed across the Atlantic. “She has wished me luck and said that on the boat are still hidden messages are from her.”