The German sailor Boris Herrmann on the "Seaexplorer" at the beginning of January
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Boris Herrmann longs for the end of the Vendée Globe.
“The race was off to a good start for me.
But it was much harder than expected, "said the 39-year-old of" Bild am Sonntag ".
“I'm usually happy at sea.
But now I'm really fed up.
And I'm glad to be back soon. "
At his premiere of the legendary non-stop regatta for single-handed sailors around the world, Herrmann continues to fight for victory with his yacht "Seaexplorer".
Shortly before the finish line, the Hamburger is third behind the leading Frenchmen Louis Burton and Charlie Dalin on Sunday morning (you can find the position map here).
»I'm positively surprised at the moment and, as things stand now, I'm on the podium.
Of course, that is not yet certain.
It's very tight at the top, "said Herrmann:" A seventh place can come around.
My expectation is to finish solidly. "
The leaders are expected in the French destination port of Les Sables-d'Olonne in the middle of next week.
The ninth edition of the regatta began there on November 8th.
From there it went alone and non-stop across the Atlantic around the Antarctic, through storms along the drift ice border.
Of the 33 starters, eight had to give up the regatta so far.
After the hardships on the high seas, the strong waves, the cold and the loneliness, Herrmann is looking forward to his wife and his everyday life: “First of all, we'll stay on the coast for a few days.
And then it's back to Germany.
To be back in Hamburg - to return to everyday life - that will be nice.
There are so many little things to rediscover, "he said." Everything is new again.
The supermarket, the environment, the smell of coffee at home.
I am looking forward."
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