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Ocean Race News: Bad news for Herrmann, Beucke humiliated ahead of debut

Status: 01/23/2023 00:30

The Ocean Race 2023 with Boris Herrmann is underway and has started with the first leg from Alicante to Cape Verde. An overview of the route, all important events, sailor positions and general information can be found in the live ticker on NDR.de.


01/23/2023 00:20

Herrmann misses the second leg of the Ocean Race

Bitter news for Boris Herrmann and the Malizia team. The Hamburg skipper seriously burned his foot during the first leg and will not be able to compete in the second leg of the round the world sailing regatta.

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Shortly before the end of the first leg, the circumnavigator from Hamburg suffered a serious burn on his foot. Following


22/01/2023 22:50

Beucke in the Sports Club interview ahead of his offshore racing debut

Susann Beucke will join the Ocean Race next Wednesday at the start of the second stage in Cape Verde. In the sports club interview, the woman from Kiel talks about her skipper Kevin Escoffier and her mental preparation for the trip to Cape Town.


VIDEO: Ocean Race: Susann Beucke is finally authorized to take the start (min)


21/01/2023 18:56

The highlights of the first stage

Spectacular images, an exciting race and Boris Herrmann in third place: the highlights of the first stage from Alicante to Cape Verde.


VIDEO: Ocean Race: The first leg from Alicante to Cape Verde (8 min)


01/21/2023 14:56

Hermann “super happy” with his team

After crossing the finish line, Boris Herrmann was content with third place in the first stage. “I’m super happy with the performance of our boat and my team,” said the Hamburger. “It took us almost three days to talk to each other, it was so noisy and brutal on board after a takeoff in difficult conditions. After that, we took advantage of almost champagne conditions, fairly fast and pleasant navigation.”


VIDEO: Herrmann: “I’m delighted with the first stage” (1 min)


01/21/2023 08:35

Escoffier’s Holcim team wins first stage – Herrmann third

French skipper Kevin Escoffier and his crew have won the first leg of the Ocean Race. The Holcim yacht reached the finish line near Mindelo overnight from Friday to Saturday. The 11th Hour Racing team finished second, 2:50 behind.

Team Malizia led by Boris Herrmann crossed the finish line in third place on Saturday at 8.35 a.m. German time.

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The Ocean Race 2023 off Alicante © IMAGO / NurPhoto

The Ocean Race 2023 started in Alicante with Boris Herrmann. The most important facts about the legendary sailing regatta. Following


01/21/2023 07:35

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 stage: 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


VIDEO: Ocean Race 2023: Here is the course (1 min)


01/20/2023 09:02 PM

The pursuers reduce the gap with the leading boat

The teams of 11th Hour Racing and Malizia, skippered by Boris Herrmann from Hamburg, are gradually closing in on the leading boat. Team Holcim, led by skipper Kevin Escoffier, is still in the lead, even though it is only 100 nautical miles from the finish of the first stage in Cape Verde. After the pursuers were able to catch up to ten nautical miles an hour, Holcim recently picked up speed.


20/01/2023 14:05

Leader Holcim less than 250 nautical miles from the finish

Team Holcim around skipper Kevin Escoffier continues to lead the race and is now less than 250 nautical miles from the finish of the first leg. Meanwhile, Boris Herrmann continues to put pressure on the 11th Hour Racing Team and in third place closes the gap to almost ten nautical miles.


01/20/2023 08:28

Hermann increases the pressure

Boris Herrmann and his crew have significantly reduced the gap with leader Kevin Escoffier (Team Holcim). The boats are expected in Cape Verde between Friday evening and Saturday, can the Hamburg skipper still attack in the lead?

Around 360 nautical miles from the finish, the third Malizia Seaexplorer was nearly 60 nautical miles behind Escoffier on Friday morning. Charlie Enright and the second-placed 11th Hour Racing Team have a lead of just 17 nautical miles.


01/19/2023 1:06 p.m.

The Malizia Seaexplorer cruises the ocean

Boris Herrmann and his crew are chasing the leading duo. Rising to 33.7 knots at times, the Malizia Seaexplorer criss-crosses the Atlantic Ocean and tries to close the gap, which was still around 90 nautical miles on Thursday afternoon.


01/19/2023 07:35

Team Holcim retains the lead

On Thursday morning, skipper Kevin Escoffier’s Team Holcim continued to lead ahead of the 11th Hour Racing Team. During the night, there was a brief change of leadership between the two boats before Team Holcim regained the lead.

Boris Herrmann remains third with the Malizia Seaexplorer. The pace is still high, the first boats could arrive in Cape Verde as early as Friday.


01/18/2023 15:10

Sun and change of sail at Team Malizia


01/18/2023 08:38

Gibraltar passed – Herrmann continued third

The five yachts have crossed the Strait of Gibraltar and are picking up speed on the Atlantic. Hamburg’s Boris Herrmann and his crew were still in third place with the Malizia Seaexplorer on Wednesday morning – around 56 nautical miles behind skipper Kevin Escoffier’s leading Holcim team.


01/17/2023 14:25

Changing of the guard and fighting against the waves

Wake-up call for Boris Herrmann, battle against the swell for Rosalin Kuiper: impressions of the Malizia Seaexplorer on the first leg of the Ocean Race.


VIDEO: Ocean Race: changing of the guard and seasickness on the Malizia (1 min)


01/17/2023 08:15

Hermann in third place on Tuesday morning

Leading the race on Tuesday morning was Team Holcim with skipper Kevin Escoffier. Second was the 11th Hour Racing team, just behind. The two boats had separated a little during the night. Boris Herrmann is in third place with the Malizia Seaexplorer, nearly 40 nautical miles behind.


01/17/2023 08:00

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01/15/2023 6:45 PM

Next stop Cape Verde

Due to the strong winds expected in the Strait of Gibraltar, racing yachts will probably only need about five days for the first leg. “Whoever reaches the trade winds first has a good chance of winning the stage,” said Boris Herrmann. After a short stopover in Cape Verde, the race will continue on January 25 with the second leg to Cape Town.


VIDEO: Ocean Race: The race around the globe – with four Germans (2 min)


01/15/2023 17:45

Beucke warns of the Strait of Gibraltar

With Susann Beucke, a German takes part in the Ocean Race for the first time in 40 years – from the second stage. The 31-year-old from Strande near Kiel of Team Holcim – PRB around skipper Kevin Escoffier followed the start in Alicante from the escort boat and knows what to expect from her colleagues:


VIDEO: Beucke, Ocean Race sailor: “Mast and sheet breakage for everyone” (1 min)


01/15/2023 16:10

Release! Ocean Race 2023 has begun

The start of the Ocean Race 2023 has been given in Alicante. The five boats of the Imoca class, 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 begin on June 15 in The Hague. It ends with the grand finale in Genoa. The arrival is scheduled for July 1st.

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The yacht Seaexplorer Malizia of skipper Boris Herrmann in the Ocean Race © picture alliance / dpa / AP Photo: Alberto Saiz

In Alicante, the Hamburg skipper crossed the starting line with the “Malizia – Seaexplorer”. The round the world regatta ends in July. Following


01/13/2023 07:00

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