Please select your home edition
Ovington 2021 - ILCA 2 - LEADERBOARD

Foot injury prevents Boris Herrmann from participating in Leg 2 of the Ocean Race

by Team Malizia 23 Jan 08:18 GMT 23 January 2023
Team Malizia's cheerful sailing crew arriving in Mindelo, from left to right: Nico Lunven, Boris Herrmann, Will Harris, Rosalin Kuiper, and Antoine Auriol - The Ocean Race © Jimmy Horel / Team Malizia

Famous French sailor Yann Eliès will be sailing aboard Malizia - Seaexplorer during the second leg of the round-the-world race, as Boris Herrmann sustained a foot injury during Leg 1. Briton Will Harris will take over the role of skipper for this part of the race.

Team Malizia's skipper Boris Herrmann sustained a severe burn on his foot from boiling water during Leg 1, shortly before arriving in Mindelo. After seeking medical treatment in hospital, Boris Herrmann was advised by Dr. Spike Briggs, official doctor and medical advisor to Team Malizia since 2019, to not participate in the second leg of The Ocean Race due to a considerable risk of infection while at sea. The German sailor is continuing to receive medical treatment and is recovering well.

"I'm really sad not to sail this leg with my team, especially after the success of Leg 1", explains Boris Herrmann. "I am more motivated than ever to compete but I don't want to jeopardise my participation in Leg 3 or risk inhibiting our performance in Leg 2. Luckily, world-famous and our long-time coach Yann Eliès will jump in to cover for me in this part of the race.

"I will now travel directly to South Africa to be with my wife and daughter and recover in order to be ready to take on the challenge of Leg 3 in the Southern Ocean. I will use the time onshore to work closely with our performance group, analyse the boat data and prepare the debrief for the sailor's arrival in Cape Town. I'm excited to welcome the team in a strong position in South Africa."

Will Harris, 29, will therefore take over the role of skipper sooner than expected in the race. "It was always the plan for Leg 4, which was the leg Boris did not intend to do", explains the British sailor. I wish it would have been in different circumstances but our team spirit is high and we will make Boris and our team proud. I am looking forward to sailing with Yann again, it was great to do the delivery from Guadeloupe to Alicante with him onboard, he brings a lot of experience to the team."

"I am super motivated to join the crew on this second leg of The Ocean Race", explains Yann Eliès. "We crossed the Atlantic together recently, we are ready to give it our all, push the boat, and fight for a great position in the race."

Team Malizia Sailing Crew for Leg 2 - Cabo Verde to Cape Town:

  • Will Harris (GBR - Skipper)
  • Rosalin Kuiper (NED - Co-skipper)
  • Nico Lunven (FRA - Co-skipper)
  • Yann Eliès (FRA - Co-skipper)
  • Antoine Auriol (FRA/GER - Onboard Reporter)

The team is strongly supported by its seven main partners: Hapag-Lloyd, Schütz, the Yacht Club de Monaco, EFG International, Zurich Group Germany, Kuehne+Nagel, and MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company. These partners band behind Team Malizia to support its A Race We Must Win - Climate Action Now! mission, each of them working towards projects in their own field to innovate around climate solutions.

Related Articles

Urgent call to action to protect the ocean
Summary from the The Ocean Race Summit Mindel The Ocean Race Summit Mindelo, gathered over 300 ocean advocates in Cabo Verde, including UN SG, António Guterres; PM of Cabo Verde, Ulisses Correia e Silva; and PM of Portugal, António Costa, to discuss redoubling efforts to protect the ocean. Posted on 24 Jan
Boris Herrmann meets UN Secretary
Team Malizia is off to a good start with Sustainable Development Goals Team Malizia is off to a good start. The team embarked on The Ocean Race with two goals: to perform at their best on the water and to spread their A Race We Must Win - Climate Action Now! mission on land. Posted on 24 Jan
What have we learned from The Ocean Race Leg 1?
How the latest generation of IMOCAs stack up against each other As I outlined a fortnight ago, I was concerned about The Ocean Race, and whether - 50 years on from the first Whitbread - a fully crewed, multi-stopover round the world race in the latest cutting-edge foiling machines was relevant. Posted on 23 Jan
Team JAJO wraps up second place in VO65 class
Mirpuri Foundation Racing Team retires from leg one, leaving podium open to Austrian-Italian crew The Dutch Team JAJO earned a strong second place finish in The Ocean Race VO65 Sprint, behind Poland's WindWhisper Racing Team who had finished earlier on Saturday with an impressive VO65 class victory. Posted on 22 Jan
Team Holcim-PRB lead into Cabo Verde
To win Leg One of The Ocean Race French skipper Kevin Escoffier led his Swiss-flagged Team Holcim-PRB to victory in leg one of The Ocean Race in the early hours of Saturday morning. Posted on 21 Jan
FLASH NEWS: Team Holcim-PRB wins Leg 1
Scoring top points, winning Leg One of The Ocean Race Kevin Escoffier's Swiss-flagged team won the opening leg with a battle behind for second place with 11th Hour Racing Team and Team Malizia... Posted on 21 Jan
The Ocean Race Leg 1 Day 6
It's not over til it's over There's a cat and mouse battle at the head of both fleets as the leaders weave their way towards Cabo Verde. Posted on 20 Jan
The Ocean Race: Days 2-4 On-Board and Drone Videos
On-Board Videos from Days 2 - 4: On-board and drone footage - Opening stanzas of Leg 1 play out. On-Board Videos from Days 2 - 4 including drone footage from above the boats as the fleet passes through the Straits of Gibraltar, and exits into the Atlantic Ocean as the opening stanzas of Leg 1 play out. Posted on 19 Jan
The Ocean Race Leg 1 Day 5 - The highway south
Both fleets are charging towards the finish line in Cabo Verde The leading IMOCAs are expected to arrive in Cabo Verde overnight Friday night and into Saturday morning as the fleet eats up the miles on 'the highway' south. Sailing fast, and pointing at the finish - it's a great feeling. Posted on 19 Jan
GUYOT environnement - Team Europe: Time for attack
Back in full racing mode in The Ocean Race GUYOT environnement - Team Europe is back in full racing mode in The Ocean Race, racing past the Canaries in attack style on their way to Cape Verde. Posted on 19 Jan