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Sailing: Ocean Race Europe starts in Kiel in 2025 – with Herrmanns Malizia

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Sailing: Ocean Race Europe starts in Kiel in 2025 – with Herrmanns Malizia

As of: February 14, 2024 2:51 p.m

After the Ocean Race Fly-By last year, Kiel can look forward to the next major sailing event. The Ocean Race Europe will start in 2025 in the self-proclaimed “Sailing City”. The Malizia team with Hamburg skipper Boris Herrmann is also there.

Kiel’s mayor Dr. Ulf Kampf (SPD) and Herrmann presented the plans for the European offshoot of the Ocean Race in Kiel on Wednesday. “Becoming a starting port is a great honor for us,” said Kampfer. “We are really looking forward to welcoming the top sailors from all over the world and showing once again that Kiel is the world capital of sailing.” It is the second edition of the Ocean Race Europe after the first race in 2021.

“To be able to start in Germany’s model sailing city is of course the jackpot for us.”
— Boris Herrmann

Rosalin Kuiper is also at the start with Holcim – PRB

The second regatta of the Imoca class through Europe will start on August 10, 2025 in the Kiel Fjord and will take the Malizia – Seaexplorer and Co. across all European seas for six weeks. “Kiel feels like home to me and I grew up sailing here for years,” said Herrmann, who will be doing his second solo Vendée Globe circumnavigation from November 10th.

The former co-skipper of the Malizia, Rosalin Kuiper, will also be at the Ocean Race Europe when she takes over the helm of Team Holcim – PRB in 2025. “I’m super happy that we’re starting in Kiel,” said the Dutchwoman, who joined in from Switzerland. “Later this year we will start selecting the crew for the new team and I hope to be on the starting line in 2025 with a strong and diverse team so that Boris can pat me on the back and say, ‘Good one Work’.”

“Unvergessliches” Ocean-Race-Fly-By

Last June, the Ocean Race around the globe made a short visit to Kiel. On June 9th, around 200,000 spectators watched the fly-by of the Imoca racing yachts from both banks of the Kiel Fjord before the eventual Ocean Race winner 11th Hour Racing and the Malizia set course for The Hague.

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“That was a spectacular passage that will remain unforgettable for us. Kiel showed itself at its best, a perfectly organized fly-by,” said Herrmann after the short visit to the fjord.

Costs of around two million euros

“Schleswig-Holstein and world-class sailing are inextricably linked,” said Magdalena Finke, State Secretary in the Schleswig-Holstein Ministry of the Interior. “This is very positive for our sports region Schleswig-Holstein, but also a major organizational challenge that we, as the Ministry of the Interior responsible for sport, will fully support.” Kaempfer estimated the total commitment from the city, state and other sponsors to be around two million euros.

Kilometer-long event area on the Kiel Fjord

In August 2025, Kiel will have to prepare for a rush of sailing fans who want to be there when Herrmann and Co. set sail to sail through the Baltic Sea, North Sea, the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. A regatta and event area that will be active for several weeks is planned in Kiel, which will extend between Reventlouwiese and Blücherbrücke.

“We want to transfer the motto of Kiel Week ‘Free and outdoors’ to the Ocean Race,” said Mayor Kampf. “Everyone should get something out of it.” For this purpose, a one kilometer long event area will be set up on the Kiel Fjord. “Here we want to show what this race is about,” explained Uwe Wanger, Managing Director of Kiel-Marketing GmbH. “This is an event for all of Schleswig-Holstein.”

“We want to have great sailing and protect the seas.”
— Kiel’s mayor Dr. Ulf Kampfer (SPD)

The Ocean Race Europe’s motto is “Connecting Europe: Racing to restore our ocean and waters”. “Our goal is to connect this event with the topic of health and protection of the oceans,” said Kampfer.

Genoa has already been chosen as the second port

The regatta is scheduled to make up to five stops on the way to the destination port in the Mediterranean. However, apart from the Italian port of Genoa, no further destinations have yet been determined for the Ocean Race European tour.

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The next big Ocean Race around the world, in which Herrmann came third with the Malizia last year, will start in January 2027. Then Kiel would like to not only be a fly-by location, but also a destination port for a stage.

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Schleswig-Holstein Magazine | 02/14/2024 | 19:30 o’clock

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