Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Barcelona World Race Picks Up Team with Two Very Handsome and Talented Skippers!

I am besides myself excited about this scoop. Not too familiar with Boris, but have sailed with Ryan Breymaier and could not be happier to support this team - great guy!

March 19, 2010
  • Boris Herrmann and the American Ryan Breymaier form a new team for the Barcelona World Race.
  • The new crew, part of Roland Jourdain’s Team Kaïros, will announce the name of their boat later in the summer.
  • Boris Herrmann will be the first German to compete in a major race in an IMOCA Open 60.
Germany’s Boris Hermann has teamed up with North American Ryan Breymaier to be on the start line of the Barcelona World Race on the 31st December. They will mount their challenge on board the former Veolia Environnement on which Roland Jourdain and Jean Luc Nélias competed in the first edition of the race. Herrmann and Breymaier are part of Jourdain’s Team Kaïros.

As the first German to compete in the IMOCA Open 60 class, Herrmann is used to cutting a pioneering wake. He was the youngest Mini skipper in the 2001 and then last year he became the first German skipper to win a major shorthanded ocean race after he paired up with compatriot Felix Oehme and triumphed in the Portimao Global Ocean Race, which is raced around the world over five stages in Class 40’s. Hermann, an MBA graduate, has moved up the sailing spectrum from being a successful 470, 505 and 49er dinghy racer through the Mini where he finished 11th in the 2001 Mini Transat.

Herrmann, 28, also took second place in the 2008 Artemis Transat Race class with the same Class 40, Beluga Racer. But the step up to race non-stop around the world on an IMOCA Open 60 is a significant one: “It is an extraordinary challenge as much physically as it is mentally. It is simply one of the toughest races in existence”, affirms Herrmann, “and the IMOCA Open 60’s are the most advanced monohulls you can race two up.”

Ryan Breymaier, 34, is an emerging ocean racer who has many high profile big boat programmes under his belt, from TP52’s, Swans and IRC race boats to a record attempt on the 125 foot maxi cat PlayStation. An economics graduate, he re-located from his native Annapolis to pursue his dream of racing in the IMOCA Open 60 class. For the last few years he has been based in France, responsible for the rigging and deckgear on Jourdain’s team, so he knows their boat well.

Last year he sailed on the Open 60 when it was Veolia in the SNSM Record regatta and then in the 3450 miles Istanbul Europa Race from Istanbul to Brest via Nice and Barcelona. According to Hermann, he is an ideal partner for the Barcelona World Race: “Ryan fits the profile of the perfect North American professional, he is easy to be around, he is very efficient, but relaxed with it. From the first time we met we have got on well and we share the same objectives.”

Breymaier sees their participation in Barcelona World Race as a great opportunity to spread interest and popularise short handed, extreme ocean racing to a much wider audience: “We want to share this adventure not only with the fans of ocean racing but to people who do not sail at all. And of course we want to win the race but we know that will be very difficult given the standards of the favourites.”

Team Kaïros will announce the title sponsor of the boat during the summer. Presently the pair are preparing the boat in Concarneau, Brittany, following a programme directed by Roland Jourdain.

The participation of the German-American duo in the Barcelona World Race is a pleasing step for IMOCA with the inclusion of a rising German skipper in the class and also for the FNOB (Fundació Navegació Oceànica Barcelona), the organizers of the Barcelona World Race which has been active to ensure the duo are on the start line when the 31st December arrives.

Photo: From left to right, Ryan Breymaier and Boris Hermann

© Yann Le Breton / Team Kaïros

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