Release! Ocean Race 2023 has begun
The start of the Ocean Race 2023 has been given in Alicante. The five boats, including “Malizia – Seaexplorer” by Boris Herrmann, tackled the first leg of the legendary round-the-world team regatta. It leads over 1,900 nautical miles (about 3,500 kilometers) to Cape Verde. Expected arrival is January 22.
All in all, the Ocean Race lasts more than six months. The seventh and final stage will start in The Hague on June 15. It ends with the grand finale in Genoa. The arrival is scheduled for July 1st.
Rejected: “Malizia – Seaexplorer” and Co. on the way
‘Bye, bye Alicante’: Friends and family said goodbye to the teams, and of course Boris Herrmann couldn’t miss the Hamburg flag. The Imoca class boats are on their way to the starting line.
Herrmann confident before the start of the Ocean Race
“We can’t wait to get out of the dock and get going. Compared to launching a Vendée Globe when the stress was just me, I feel comfortable and confident because we have an experienced crew who have worked very hard on this project”, said Boris Herrmann shortly before the start, who spoke in the NDR interview about the chances of the “Malizia – Seaexplorer”:
Today the Ocean Race 2023 starts in Alicante
At 4 p.m. the wait is over for the five teams: Then the Ocean Race 2023 begins with the first stage in Alicante. From there, there are more than 1,900 nautical miles to Cape Verde.
Skipper Stanjek: Finally on the high seas
The preparations for the race are exhausting but necessary. Skipper Robert Stanjek of Team Guyot is already looking to the future.
The most important questions and answers about the Ocean Race
How long has the Ocean Race existed? How is it graded? How many Germans are there? All information is available in the FAQ.
5:39 p.m. – 01/13/2023 5:39 p.m.
Herrmann believes in winning, Beucke ‘super excited’
Herrmann from Hamburg wants to win his first Ocean Race. For Beucke from Kiel, who only switched to offshore sailing a year ago, a childhood dream has come true.
Boris Hermann is confident
Before the start of the Ocean Race, Boris Herrmann showed up full of anticipation and confidence. The Malizia Seaexplorer’s new foils have proven themselves, said the Hamburg skipper.
Susann Beucke full of impatience
Susann Beucke from Strande near Kiel is taking part in an offshore regatta for the first time – and is looking forward to her premiere. She is part of the crew of Kevin Escoffier (France) within Team Holcim – PRB.
A total of four German sailors
In addition to Herrmann and Beucke, two other Germans are at the start: Berliner Robert Stanjek is co-skipper with Frenchman Benjamin Dutreux. Phillip Kasüske is part of the crew.
Ocean Race: 7 legs over 32,000 nautical miles
The most important team regatta in international sailing this year will be for the Imoca class over seven legs and a total of 32,000 nautical miles (approximately 60,000 kilometres).
1st step : Alicante – Cape Verde
Start: January 15; Expected arrival: January 22
1,900 nautical miles
2nd step: Cape Verde – Cape Town/South Africa
Start: January 25. Expected arrival: February 9
4,600 nautical miles
3rd step: Cape Town – Itajai/Brazil
Start: February 26; Expected arrival: April 1
12,750 nautical miles
4th step: Itajai/Brazil – Newport/USA
Launch: April 23; Expected arrival: May 10
5th step: Newport/USA – Aarhus/Denmark
Start: May 21; Expected arrival: May 30
3,500 nautical miles
6th step: Aarhus/Denmark – Fly-By Kiel – The Hague/Netherlands
Start: June 8; Kiel (non-stop) June 9; Expected arrival: June 11
800 nautical miles
7th step: The Hague/Netherlands – Genoa/Italy
Start: June 15; Expected end: July 1
2,200 nautical miles
Live tracking: an overview of what is happening during the race
Hermann wins the first harbor race
The Hamburg skipper celebrates notable success in Alicante a week before the official start.
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