Boris Herrmann's reaction when stepping back on land this evening: "This boat is fantastic, what a relief, just perfect!" The relief and happiness of seeing the boat work so well is amazing, especially after so much energy went into it and also knowing we took some innovative but maybe risky decisions.
Will Harris, co-skipper of Team Malizia commented: "Today was amazing, we went out with the goal of just seeing how the boat was and we ended up doing a top speed of 25 knots on day one. Everyone was super excited, with 10 people on board it was an amazing feeling. We had the Ocean Race sailors, designers, our project manager and many team members who were involved in the build on board. Being able to push the boat so hard so quickly and for everything to be going so well, it is an amazing feeling. There were no problems onboard and the boat feels really fast and I think everyones hearts are feeling pretty good right now after all this work to have a boat perform like this on day one. It is a really cool day, everyone is so excited right now and in a crazy cool mood. I can't say anymore... we are all really happy!"
Rosalin Kuiper, co-skipper of Team Malizia commented: "Today went incredibly well, with top speeds of 25 knots, the boat went so well. It went amazingly! It was super intense, we were all super switched on. We didn't know what was in front of us, the boat was awesome though, especially foiling a few times. There is a lot to tune but we are really happy!"