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MALIZIA II – Yacht Club de Monaco wins final leg of Atlantic Anniversary Regatta (AAR) from Bermuda to Hamburg

It was the final chapter of a 3,500nm battle between Malizia II – Yacht Club de Monaco led by Boris Herrmann and Jens Kellinghusen’s Varuna VI during the second and final stage of the Atlantic Anniversary Regatta that started 8th July in Bermuda.

On Wednesday 18th July at 03.45 precisely, the Monegasque 60-footer became the fastest boat in real time after ten days sailing.  Arriving an hour later at 04.45, Varuna IV won the event in corrected time in the IRC 0 category. The tone had been set from the start, with Malizia II and Varuna IV bow-to-bow in a show of match racing at its best, with the Atlantic Ocean as the battle ground.

 

Victory at the finish

 

Some 200 nautical miles from the finish, Boris Herrmann and his team accelerated away to take line honours. An hour later, Varuna IV followed suit. It was a thrilling finale with several tight changes in the leader positions. “We were side by side with Varuna and gave it our all to get to the finish first,” said Boris Herrmann on arrival in the foiling 60-footer that reached speeds topping 28 knots.

For Malizia II, each offshore race is another step to preparing for the 2020-2021 Vendée Globe and potentially a Volvo Ocean Race campaign on the same type of boat.

As one of the best sailors of his generation, Boris took the IMOCA 60 solo to Bermuda before the race and thereby qualified for the 40th Route du Rhum that starts 4th November from Saint-Malo. “I am so happy to be able to show-off the boat, here in Hamburg, as I am always abroad,” says Boris who is German.

Malizia II – Yacht Club de Monaco joined the Monegasque fleet last year on the initiative of Pierre Casiraghi and is now competing in some of the top offshore competitions.

 

 

The Atlantic Anniversary Regatta features two events spanning a nine-month period: the first stage left Lanzarote in the Canaries on 25th November 2017 finishing in Grenada, West Indies. The second started from Bermuda on 8th July 2018 and finished in Hamburg, Germany. 

 

It was the final chapter of a 3,500nm battle between Malizia II – Yacht Club de Monaco led by Boris Herrmann and Jens Kellinghusen’s Varuna VI during the second and final stage of the Atlantic Anniversary Regatta that started 8th July in Bermuda.

On Wednesday 18th July at 03.45 precisely, the Monegasque 60-footer became the fastest boat in real time after ten days sailing.  Arriving an hour later at 04.45, Varuna IV won the event in corrected time in the IRC 0 category. The tone had been set from the start, with Malizia II and Varuna IV bow-to-bow in a show of match racing at its best, with the Atlantic Ocean as the battle ground.

 

Victory at the finish

 

Some 200 nautical miles from the finish, Boris Herrmann and his team accelerated away to take line honours. An hour later, Varuna IV followed suit. It was a thrilling finale with several tight changes in the leader positions. “We were side by side with Varuna and gave it our all to get to the finish first,” said Boris Herrmann on arrival in the foiling 60-footer that reached speeds topping 28 knots.

For Malizia II, each offshore race is another step to preparing for the 2020-2021 Vendée Globe and potentially a Volvo Ocean Race campaign on the same type of boat.

As one of the best sailors of his generation, Boris took the IMOCA 60 solo to Bermuda before the race and thereby qualified for the 40th Route du Rhum that starts 4th November from Saint-Malo. “I am so happy to be able to show-off the boat, here in Hamburg, as I am always abroad,” says Boris who is German.

Malizia II – Yacht Club de Monaco joined the Monegasque fleet last year on the initiative of Pierre Casiraghi and is now competing in some of the top offshore competitions.

 

 

The Atlantic Anniversary Regatta features two events spanning a nine-month period: the first stage left Lanzarote in the Canaries on 25th November 2017 finishing in Grenada, West Indies. The second started from Bermuda on 8th July 2018 and finished in Hamburg, Germany.