Sailor Boris Herrmann, 39, initially from Hamburg and now primarily based in Lorient, has competed in all official IMOCA races since 2018 … and he has accomplished all of them. No abandonment! He leads the 2018-2021 championship, forward of Vendée Globe winner Yannick Bestaven (Master CoQ IV) and the primary skipper on the road to Les Sables-d’Olonne: Charlie Dalin (APIVIA).
This IMOCA Championship is calculated by cumulating the scores of the skippers within the main IMOCA races from the top of 1 Vendée Globe to a different, together with the Route du Rhum, the Transat Jacques Vabre, the Bermudes 1000 Race, the Vendée-Arctic -Les Sables d’Olonne and naturally the final Vendée-Globe. The outcomes of those races are calculated on factors, with completely different coefficients in response to the occasions.
The greatest over 4 years and top-of-the-line ambassadors exterior France
The German skipper, who is among the greatest ambassadors of the IMOCA Class exterior France, has confirmed to be a wonderful communicator on board his boat. He confided that his staff’s goal since 2018 had been to do every thing attainable to be as aggressive as attainable within the Vendée Globe, which meant for them to participate in all of the races forward of the around the world. He is due to this fact delighted to be the brand new IMOCA Champion.
We by no means gave up a race, which is nice
“In order to prepare well, to be safe and to create value for our sponsors by developing the project, we wanted to carry out the whole IMOCA program and we did it”, says Boris Herrmann.
“We never gave up on a race, which is great. There is a part of luck, of course ”provides the skipper whose Vendée Globe virtually ended abruptly 90 miles from the end when he collided with a Spanish fishing boat. “But not giving up is really important to me, it’s even more important than the result in a particular race”.
Before the Vendée Globe, Boris completed sixth within the Bermudes 1000 Race, seventh within the Rolex Fastnet Race and fifth within the Route du Rhum, so many races by which the German skipper sailed together with his type, making certain the arrival of his boat. .
He says that whereas he’s proud to be on the prime of the standings, you will need to do not forget that lots of his rivals weren’t capable of full the total program like him, as they have been nonetheless ready for sponsors or making ready their boats. “Of course, I am happy but let’s be honest”, he says. “I think Yannick’s (Bestaven) project started a little later than ours and not everyone has the financial means or the possibilities to do all the shopping”.
The president of the IMOCA Class, Antoine Mermod, salutes Boris’ success. “On behalf of all my IMOCA colleagues, we congratulate Boris and the Malizia staff for having achieved a really spectacular IMOCA Globe Series cycle. Boris is a modest champion, however his feat of popping out on prime of a really aggressive skipper rankings underlines that his staff have set a excessive normal and we stay up for seeing them once more within the subsequent 2021-25 cycle. “
Yannick Bestaven confirms that the IMOCA Globe Series Championship has additionally helped him and his staff put together for the Vendée Globe. “This second place values and rewards the work of my team over the past four years”, he says. “I knew that the extra I sailed within the Globe Series, the higher outfitted I’d be to go all over the world. “
“It’s nice that Boris wins” provides the skipper of Maître CoQ IV. “ He has been very deserving of this Vendée Globe and since 2018. It is also very good for the internationalization of the Class to have sailors involved like him and I hope that will continue ”. The Vendée Globe winner also said he would like to see more crewed races in the IMOCA Class. “I imagine within the partnership with The Ocean Race”, he adds, “And I hope that extra overseas groups will be a part of us within the IMOCA Class”.
Charlie Dalin mentioned his third place within the Globe Series underscores the profitable begin of the APIVIA marketing campaign since its launch in summer time 2019. “The championship is spread over time and motivates the teams to participate in all the events, even the less prestigious”, he explains. “All these confrontations are within the path of efficiency. “
Boris Herrmann continues in IMOCA
The German skipper is already planning to amass or construct a brand new boat for the following Vendée Globe and is delighted to have the ability to take part in one other full racing program. “We are staying in the IMOCA Class, that’s for sure”, he continues. “We will attempt to purchase or construct the most effective boat attainable and hopefully race this 12 months with the customer of our present boat. “
Boris had the boss of the fishing vessel on the telephone
He additionally revealed that he had a phone dialog with the captain of the Spanish fishing trawler with which he collided on the final evening of his Vendée Globe. “We hit it off” he confides. “We each work at sea, we’re sort of colleagues. I apologized for inflicting them this disturbing second and so they have been additionally actually, deeply sorry for what occurred. They are following the Vendée Globe – the captain is a Vendée Globe fan – and so they have been actually devastated that we misplaced locations due to it and have been frightened about me. They are actually good folks. “
Boris Herrmann is the best ranked non-French skipper within the IMOCA Championship, identical to within the Vendée Globe this 12 months. He says he needs to enhance his fifth place on the legendary around the world and says that the IMOCA Class has welcomed him with open arms.
“The French welcome us – we use the identical infrastructure in Lorient and we practice collectively on the Pôle Finistère Course au Large, so there’s a nice sporting spirit for everybody », He confides.
“We are talking to everyone and chatting on the platform – there is a great camaraderie and we are colleagues within the Class. I feel that part of my soul is almost French. I speak French, I live there and I really like being there ”, concludes Boris.
The different Top 10 skippers are Thomas Rouillard in fourth place, Jérémie Beyou in fifth, Damien Seguin in sixth, Louis Burton in seventh, Giancarlo Pedote in eighth, Clarisse Crémer in ninth and Jean Le Cam in tenth .
Top 10 IMOCA Globe Series 2018-21
1 – Boris Herrmann (GER) – Seaexplorer-YC de Monaco – 526 factors
2 – Yannick Bestaven (FRA) – Maître CoQ IV – 517 factors
3 – Charlie Dalin (FRA) – APIVIA – 512 factors
4 – Thomas Rettant (FRA) – LinkedOut – 460 factors
5 – Jérémie Beyou (FRA) – Charal – 422 factors
6 – Damien Seguin (FRA) – APICIL Group – 417 factors
7 – Louis Burton (FRA) – Office Valley 2 – 415 factors
8 – Giancarlo Pedote (ITA) – Prysmian group – 404 factors
9 – Clarisse Crémer (FRA) – Banque Populaire X – 370 factors
10 – Jean Le Cam (FRA) – Yes We Cam! – 368 factors
Reminder of the official checks:
Monaco Globe Series (June 1-8, 2018): doubles race, coefficient 2
Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe (November 4, 2018): solo race, coefficient 4
Bermudes 1000 Race (May 5, 2019): double, coefficient 2
Rolex Fastnet Race (August 3, 2019): double, coefficient 1
Transat Jacques Vabre (October 27, 2019): double, coefficient 4
Vendée-Arctic-Les Sables d’Olonne (July 4, 2020): single-handed, coefficient 4
Vendée Globe (November 8, 2020, arrival early 2021): single-handed, coefficient 10
Each skipper scores a sure variety of factors in response to his classification and the variety of individuals and a coefficient particular to every occasion. Example: if 10 boats begin a race with coefficient 4, the primary scores 10 x 4 = 40 factors, the 2nd scores 9 x 4 = 36 factors, and many others.
A brand new 2021-25 IMOCA Globe Series Championship begins this season, to finish after the following Vendée Globe 2024-25. (press service supply)
German skipper Boris Herrmann IMOCA 2018-2021 World Champion!Ouest-France.fr