Malizia II

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Malizia II
Sebastien Josse (10).jpg
Other namesGitana16 (August 2015)
Edmond de Rotschild (August 2015)
Malizia II (April 2017)
Seaexplorer - Yacht Club de Monaco (May 2021)
Nation Germany
ClassIMOCA 60
Designer(s)VPLP design, Guillaume Verdier
BuilderMultiplast, Vannes
LaunchedAugust 10 2015
Racing career
Skippers Boris Herrmann (GER)
Displacement8,000 kg (18,000 lb)
Length18.28 m (60.0 ft) (LOA)
Beam5.70 m (18.7 ft)
Draft4.5 m (15 ft)
Mast height29 m (95 ft)
Sail area620 m (2,030 ft)

Malizia II is an IMOCA 60 monohull sailing yacht, designed by VPLP and Guillaume Verdier and constructed by Multiplast in France.[1][2] The yacht's hull has a tumblehome shape and it is equipped with foils, the foils were upgraded in 2016 and a second time in 2020. The boat was commissioned for the Gitana Sailing Team founded by Benjamin de Rothschild. Its first skipper was Sébastien Josse who was later replaced by Boris Herrmann. The boat's name has been changed several times.


2020–2021 Vendée Globe[edit]

With skipper Boris Herrmann the boat competed in the 2020–2021 Vendée Globe[3] finishing 5th after having to reduce its speed close to Les Sables due to a collision with a fishing vessel which caused extensive damage to the starboard foil and side. Herrmann helped with the rescue of Kevin Escoffier after his boat sank.[4]

2020 Le Défi Azimut race[edit]

Boris Herrmann skippered the boat.

2020 Vendee Arctique race[edit]

Boris Herrmann skippered the boat.

2020 Transat race[edit]

Boris Herrmann skippered the boat in the Transat race between Le Havre in France and Salvador de Bahia in Brazil.

2019 Jacques Vabre race[edit]

Boris Herrmann as skipper and Will Harris as co-skipper.

Rolex Fastnet race 2019[edit]

Boris Herrmann skippered the boat.

2019 Bermudes 1000 race[edit]

Boris Herrmann skippered the boat in the Bermudes 1000 race which is a 2000 nautical mile race from Douarnenez in France, north to the Fastnet Rock off the Irish coast, then south to the Azores before finishing in Brest, France.

2018 Monaco Globe Series[edit]

Boris Herrmann skippered the boat in the Monaco Globe single-handed race from Portimao to Bermudes.

2018 Route du Rhum race[edit]

2018 Rolex Fastnet Race[edit]

Boris Herrmann skippered the boat in the Rolex Fastnet Race in August 2018.

2017 Transat Jacques Vabre[edit]

Boris Herrmann as skipper and Thomas Ruyant as co-skipper finishing 4th.

2016–2017 Vendée Globe[edit]

The boat competed in the 2016–2017 Vendée Globe with French Skipper Sébastien Josse but did not finish the race due to a foil shaft issue.

2016 Transat[edit]

Started the Transat, Plymouth-New York but had to abandon it after two days because of the slats breaking on the horn of the GV.

2016 Transat Arctique[edit]

New-York – Vendée.

2016 Défi Azimut[edit]

2015 Transat Jacques Vabre[edit]

Started the race, but had to abandon it because of problems with the rigging.

Renewable power[edit]

The boat does not use any fossil fuel for power. It has 1.3kw of solar panels on her deck which was added in 2019[5] and it also generates power using two hydro generators at the stern that can be raised and lowered as needed.

Greta Thunberg Transatlantic Voyage[edit]

In August 2019 the Malizia II took Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg across the North Atlantic Ocean from Plymouth to New York City without producing any carbon dioxide during the voyage. The trip was led by Boris Herrmann. Thunberg's crossing of the Atlantic started on 14 August 2019 and she arrived on 28 August.[6] See also


  1. ^ "Malizia II - Yacht Club de Monaco". IMOCO. Archived from the original on 2 September 2019. Retrieved 2 November 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "A34 Gitana 16, FRA 16". Retrieved 16 January 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "The Yacht". Boris Herrmann Racing.
  4. ^ "News - Time Compensations To Skippers Involved In the Rescue of Kevin Escoffier - Vendée Globe - En". Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  5. ^ "The new SOLBIAN solar system on board Malizia". 28 August 2019.
  6. ^ Justine Calma (28 August 2019). "Greta Thunberg wraps up 15-day carbon-free voyage to New York City". The Verge.

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