Boris Herrmann likes to sail around the world. Very fast. And all by himself. Holder of several world records, the pro sailing scene superstar made his last circumnavigation of the globe in an astonishing 47 days.
The first German sailor to have won a round-the-world regatta, the 37-year-old has made dozens of first and second place finishes in the world's most grueling yacht races, such as the Artemis Transat, a notoriously tough single-handed race across the North Atlantic.
Herrmann has sailed various classes of sleek, lightweight racing boats that can travel at blistering speeds, and is a genius about bending the wind to his will, though of course at times the weather turns into his worst enemy. Now he's being celebrated in a beautiful new book from German publisher Delius Klasing.
Nonstop: Driven by the Sea, now available on Amazon, features stunning photos by Jean-Marie Liot that portray Herrmann in his native element: "racing around the great capes, through doldrums and storms, pitching back and forth between total exhaustion and indescribable euphoria on lightning-fast, incredibly complex, inhumanly sparse carbon fibre yachts" – and loving every minute of it.
As the book's intro notes, it's "practically impossible to overestimate the challenges that the single-handed sailor has to deal with" on long voyages, which can run to 100 days or more, needing to be "skipper, boatswain, trimmer, navigator, ship’s cook and PR manager in one," 24 hours a day.
This requires "intelligence, intuition, meticulousness, multi-tasking skills, fitness and an almost superhuman resilience in the face of setbacks," as the book notes, and it's all too tempting to just throw in the towel. However, Herrmann, who is now sponsored by the Principality of Monaco, sailing under the flag of the exclusive Yacht Club de Monaco, intends to keep on setting and breaking world records – because what else are world records for...?