We have partnered with the world’s largest boat rental platform SamBoat for a one-year partnership. They will provide our onshore crew with a sailing boat in Guadeloupe during the Route du Rhum in November 2022. The team will use the boat as a work and home base whilst Boris Herrmann completes the transatlantic race, his first solo race since the finish of the Vendée Globe.

Working from the charter boat, we will prepare for Boris’ arrival, and organise events with local children and scientists to educate the next generation about the climate crisis and the dangers our Ocean faces. Besides both enjoying adventures out at sea, SamBoat and us share common values around sustainability, ocean protection and the rehabilitation of ecosystems. With every rented boat, the online platform finances the adoption of one coral branch through their partner Coral Guardian. From the sailing boat and during dives on local reefs, we will film two episodes of our upcoming children YouTube series to teach them about corals, ocean acidification and restoration.

“It’s great to see a relatively simple concept, such as sharing, being used in an innovative and useful way, explains Boris. Offering boats that are already there and available instead of building new accommodations on land contributes to building a better, more sustainable world – and all this by enjoying being on the water, even better!”

Marie-Claire Bonnet from SamBoat Germany adds: “The sea and sailing are our passions. The preservation of our planet is our common mission. Boris and Team Malizia inspire you with what is possible with sailing, and together with SamBoat you set the sails.”

Over the coming months, including The Ocean Race, SamBoat will likely provide us with other sailing boats all around Europe, for us to use as offices to continue our A Race We Must Win mission or to activate with our partners on the different stopovers of the round-the-world race.