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The Seaexplorer-Yacht Club de Monaco (formerly the Malizia II) has finished in the top five of the Vendée Globe 2020. It is the same vessel on which Greta Thunberg crossed the Atlantic in summer 2019.

Eighty days at sea, alone, with no stops and no assistance. This is what skipper Boris Herrmann achieved on board the iconic yacht from the Yacht Club de Monaco and Team Malizia: the Seaexplorer. Competing in the Vendée Globe for the first time, the German skipper completed his circumnavigation of the planet in fifth position, following an exceptional race. He only just missed out on a podium position after hitting a boat 90 miles from the finish line.

Boris Herrmann also took advantage of the Vendée Globe 2020, which was won by Yannick Bestaven, to carry out a scientific mission. On board his IMOCA 60, an automated laboratory gathered data on the temperature, salinity, pH and CO2 levels in the oceans 24 hours a day, seven days a week. These measurements were sent to the international scientific community to help improve understanding of the mechanisms by which water absorbs carbon. In partnership with the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO), Boris also deployed an Argo profiling float off the coast of Iceland.

The Malizia II was rechristened the Seaexplorer, a reference to the smart digital platform of the same name developed by the Kuehne + Nagel group, which supplies information about CO2 emissions in the maritime freight sector.

© Boris Herrmann Racing
© DR - Boris Hermann & Pierre Casiraghi

“Going beyond sport, Team Malizia II also has a certain ‘philosophy of the sea’, particularly with respect to its environmental commitment. This is a cause which has always been very close to my heart. It’s hugely important. It is critical to raise awareness as much as possible, especially among children who are our future,” said Pierre Casiraghi, Vice-President of the Yacht Club de Monaco and founder of Team Malizia.

He has also launched an educational programme to engage children from all over the world on the issue of climate change and the ocean, with support from the Prince Albert II Foundation and Kuehne + Nagel.

In August 2019, the Malizia II enabled Greta Thunberg to cross the Atlantic to attend the United Nations Climate Summit with zero carbon emissions.

To cover the 3,000 nautical miles between the United Kingdom and New York without emitting any carbon, this 18-metre yacht did not use its combustion engine at any point during the voyage. The yacht is equipped with a solar power system and two hydro-generators which produce electricity.

“These two energy sources mean that we can operate all of the systems and electronics on board continuously, including the navigation instruments, automatic controls, desalination system and our ocean laboratory,” explained Pierre Casiraghi and Boris Herrmann.

© DR - New York (USA) - Team Malizia & Greta Thunberg
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