By: Eric Althaus
February 2nd, 2021

On behalf of the whole Althaus Luxury Yachting team, we would like to make our most sincere  congratulations to Boris Hermann for his spectacular performance and result.

On January 28th 2021, the 9th edition of “Vendée Globe” had its final round, presenting the winners of this year.  They circumnavigated the globe in 80 days, including Boris Herrmann (Seaexplorer-Yacht Club de Monaco) who crossed the line this morning, Thursday 28th January 2021 at 11:19:45 (French time), after 80 days 14 hours 59 minutes and 45 seconds.

Boris Hermann accomplished the mission, finishing 5th place – an excellent result for the German skipper. The last miles (approx. 90) of the race have been particularly difficult for him due to a collision with a fishing boat . It was in this difficult moment that Boris showed grit, motivation, and determination in making his best to finish the race with honour and satisfaction.  

After 24,296 nautical miles of racing, he becomes the first German in the history of the Vendée Globe to finish this challenging race.

It’s really been a joint effort and I can’t wait to celebrate it with all the members of the Team. It’s the best moment of any race. Of course, what happened yesterday evening was heartbreaking for me but all’s well that ends well. I’m happy with my position given the circumstances. I finished in a good place. The damage to the boat is repairable, there’s nothing that affects the structure so it’s not too bad. The Vendée Globe has changed me – I’m not sure in what way yet. It certainly gave me a lot in terms of patience. You have to wait 80 days to finish the race so it’s a great feeling when you do. I have accomplished the adventure. It’s been a long time, more than 20 years, that I’ve been dreaming of this, it was a childhood dream. The Vendée Globe is something extraordinary. I came here to Les Sables d’Olonne to see several starts of the race. And now it’s done! It feels really good to fulfil this dream!” said an emotional Boris, 

To congratulate Boris for this fabulous result, YCM President HSH Prince Albert II was in Les Sables-d’Olonne: “I understand his disappointment which we share with all those in the Seaexplorer-Yacht Club de Monaco team, led by Pierre Casiraghi. Personally, I am very satisfied with his result and his behaviour throughout this Vendée Globe. He is an engaging and gracious personality, a true gentleman and great sailor. I am convinced we will see him again on the start of other big events. The sea is embedded in the Principality’s DNA. I am thinking of Prince Albert 1st and how a century on since his passing this relationship between Monaco and the sea endures, thanks to adventures like the one Boris has just completed, bearing the message of my Foundation to protect the oceans.

Cool-headed, calm and discreet, Boris reflects to perfection the values of the Principality in carrying his message about protecting the oceans.

Boris’s commitment reflected the name of the boat “Seaexplorer” , aiming to measure the impact of CO2 emissions in the shipping sector. Reducing emissions is also the aim of another initiative conducted by Yacht Club de Monaco and known as “The Superyacht Eco Association (SEA) Index”, a benchmark for measuring the environmental impact of 40+ meters yachts.