SAILING. With his participation in the Vendée Globe, Boris Herrmann is fulfilling a lifelong dream. The toughest sailing regatta in the world takes the Hamburg native around the globe—non-stop and without assistance. Completely on his own for the 80-day journey, Boris must rely one hundred percent on his yacht. Throughout the race, wind and weather are a constant companion for Boris and the "Seaexplorer". Despite repeated mechanical issues and technical failures, it becomes apparent in the first third of the race that the Vendée Globe newcomer is able to keep up with his far more experienced competitors. But just hours before his anticipated arrival at the finish line, an unexpected event scuppers his hopes for a possible debut victory.