rench sailor Nicolas Lunven  joins Boris Herrmann, Will Harris, Rosalin Kuiper and Antoine Auriol for The Ocean Race 2022-23. They will compete with the brand new IMOCA race yacht Malizia-Seaexplorer.


19/07/2022 – Lorient (FRA) – New boat build Malizia – Seaexplorer (c) Ricardo Pinto


We have a new team member.

Team Malizia presents a new team member and now we have four crew for The Ocean Race 2022-23: Co-skipper Nicolas Lunven joins Skipper Boris Herrmann and Co-skippers Will Harris and Rosalin Kuiper as well as Onboard Reporter Antoine Auriol. They will compete with Malizia-Seaexplorer, our brand new IMOCA race yacht that was launched yesterday on 19 July 2022.

The team members – ranging in age from 27 to 41 – include sailors with experience in The Ocean Race as well as younger talents, eager to make a mark in the most iconic crew race. Team founder and skipper Boris Herrmann: “I am very excited to be part of a crew that is such a promising mix of people from different countries and with different experiences. Nico is an incredibly talented sailor and I am looking forward to combining our forces as a team”. Team director Holly Cova adds: “It is exciting to grow the team and with Nico we add a great French sailor who has already proved himself in crewed and solo IMOCA races, particularly recently in the Guyader Bermudes 1000 race.“


Mise à l’eau Malizia (Rosalin, Boris, Will and Nico on the keel of the new Malizia – Seaexplorer (c) Yann Riou

Nicolas Lunven, 39, learned sailing as soon as he could walk. The son of a family of sailors from Vannes, France, spent most of his free time on the family boat in the Gulf de Quiberon. He was still studying management and administration when he already excelled in a series of races both in France and internationally: for instance, a start to finish lead at the Solitaire du Figaro 2009 at age 26 – a race he won again in 2017. In the same year he won the Solo Maître Coq for the third and the Tour de Bretagne for the second time and became French Offshore Racing Champion. Nicolas has not only raced in the Transat Jacques Vabre three times, he has also competed in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 and 2017-18 – and is now ready to be part of the iconic race for the third time. Nicolas lives with his wife and their three children in the northwest of Brittany where he enjoys the proximity to the sea.

Nicolas Lunven commented: “Boris I met quite a few years ago. We crossed paths and always exchanged in a very nice way. He is a very approachable person. I cannot wait, I am excited that we will participate in The Ocean Race all together. I am a navigator on the water but I have been involved in the development and optimisation of the boat over the last months too. It is going to be one hell of an adventure!”


19/07/2022 – Lorient (FRA) – New boat build Malizia – Seaexplorer (c) Ricardo Pinto

With the addition of Nicolas to the existing team members – Boris Herrmann, Will Harris, Rosalin Kuiper and Onboard Reporter Antoine Auriol – Team Malizia’s crew for The Ocean Race 2022-23 is nearly complete.


For more info on Nicolas Lunven see the IMOCA website here:  ​​https://www.imoca.org/fr/skippers-1/nicolas-lunven