US News Solo sailor Herrmann ready for the race around the world

12:30  18 october  2020
12:30  18 october  2020 Source:   moviepilot.de

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Pierre Casiraghi and Boris Herrmann are racing teammates, good friends and ocean explorers. The Vendée Globe is a solo (single handed) non-stop around the world yacht race with no assistance. During the race the sailors will travel down the Atlantic Ocean to the Cape of Good Hope, then travel

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The Hamburg extreme sailor Boris Herrmann is facing the race of his life. When the 9th edition of the Vendée Globe starts on November 8th in Les Sables d'Olonne, France, the 39-year-old extreme sailor will be the first German skipper in the most famous non-stop solo regatta around the world.

Boris Herrmann, Segler aus Hamburg. © Georg Wendt / dpa / Archive Boris Herrmann, sailor from Hamburg.

At the weekend the Race Village was opened in the start and finish port. While Herrmann is refueling with the family in Hamburg, the arrival of all 33 boats of the Vendée Globe record fleet was celebrated in France in compliance with corona protective measures. Six female skippers ensure a record female participation in the race, which lasts around two and a half months.

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“I'm more ready than ever,” said Herrmann about his upcoming adventure. His motivation: “Around 8,000 people conquered Mount Everest. About 500 were in space. But only around 100 conquered the world alone and non-stop. I want to be one of them. " The 40 075 kilometers (21 638 nautical miles) long course around the earth takes the fleet along the Cape of Good Hope, Cape Leuwin and Cape Horn. The statistics indicate the dangers for the sailors and their futuristic Imoca yachts: of 167 starters in the previous eight editions, only 89 reached the finish.

Herrmann sails the "Seaexplorer - Yacht Club de Monaco". With the slogan “A race we have to win” he promotes the protection of the seas. “Arriving is my top priority,” he said. The last winner Armel Le Cléac'h holds the record for the race with 74 days, 3 hours and 36 minutes. So far the French have always won. The British Hugo Boss skipper Alex Thomson is one of the top favorites for this edition.

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