Sailing star Herrmann defends Atlantic trip with Greta Thunberg

Sailing star Boris Herrmann has once again defended his Atlantic crossing with Greta Thunberg and is open to new environmental campaigns.

The trip with Greta was not made for publicity reasons, said the circumnavigator in an interview with the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung”. “It was a great idea to draw attention to the climate issue and it worked very well,” said the 41-year-old.

Herrmann became a star when he started as the first German at the prestigious Vendée Globe 2020/21 and came fifth. In August 2019, he took the Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg by sailboat to the United Nations climate summit from Portsmouth in England to New York. All in all, it is a unique opportunity to sail across the Atlantic with a world-famous person, said Hermann. “If other opportunities arise to raise awareness of environmental issues in an original way, we will give that a lot of thought,” he said.

Herrmann’s new racing yacht “Malizia – Seaexplorer” was launched last Tuesday in Lorient, France. 538 days after crossing the finish line at his Vendée Globe premiere on January 18, 2021, the four-time circumnavigator from Hamburg and his team Malizia have their own boat again. The design and construction of the 18.28 meter long yacht took 18 months.

In the next three years, the high-tech yacht is to sail around the world twice. The first test for the “Malizia – Seaexplorer” is scheduled for November 6th at the transatlantic classic Route du Rhum. The next Vendée Globe is scheduled for 2024.

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