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Born to Sail

A career sailor tells tales of big wins
Boris Herrmann

Boris Herrmann

Boris Herrmann’s sailing resumé is a nautical-mile-long list of accomplishments. The 37-year-old, either single-handed or as crew, became the youngest German to participate in the Mini Transat across the Atlantic Ocean, finished second in the Europe and German championships in the 505 class, finished second in the Artemis Transat, and won the Portimão Global Ocean Race. In 2011’s Barcelona World Race, he crossed the finish line after 100 days, placing fifth with the youngest team. Most recently, he completed a circumnavigation in a record 47 days. Nonstop: Driven by the Sea is a detailed account of Herrmann’s sailing career, accompanied by 80 photos that show him in his natural element. The book looks at Herrmann’s most demanding races and discusses what could be his biggest-ever challenge: competing in the 2020 Vendée Globe.

($25, Delius Klasing) ­

This article originally appeared in the May 2019 issue.



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