New IMOCA race boat “Malizia – Seaexplorer” got launched

After 35,000 design hours, 10,000 man hours involving 250 people, the new IMOCA race yacht got launched in Lorient, France.

With its new red 4,5 m long keel and chistera-shaped foils attached, the Malizia - Seaexplorer was rolled out of the hangar and craned into the harbour of Lorient, Bretagne. Once the 18.28 m long hull touched the water, the technical team installed the boat’s 27.30 m long mast and its two outriggers. The boat now only has to pass the impressive 90° test, tilting the boat to its side to determine its centre of gravity- a requirement to be classified for the IMOCA class.

Amongst the crowd were those who have put hundreds of hours into building and designing the boat and supporters of the Team Malizia.

Learned from the experience in the past 4 years and in particular the Vendée Globe 2020-21, the team wanted a boat that can maintain high average speeds even in rough sea conditions. Therefore, they designed softer and rounder hull lines and a curved bow. 

The boat, which sails under the Monaco flag carries the new sail number 1297, representing the year Francesco Grimaldi conquered the Rock of Monaco. The boat will be christened during the Malizia Ocean Festival on 6 & 7 September 2022 in her home port Hamburg where skipper Boris Herrmann lives and Team Malizia is based.

For more details visit Team Malizia's Website.