Alone between the sky and the sea
Title: Boris Herrmann, Andreas Wolfers: Alone between sky and sea. My 80 days at the toughest sailing race in the world. Publishing house C. Bertelsmann. Munich 2021. 320 pages. 24 euros.
Critical: It was an adventure, one in which the sailor Boris Herrmann not only fought against storms and waves, but also against being alone. He had been on the road for 80 days when, on January 28th, he reached the finish of the toughest sailing race in the world, the Vendée Globe, in Les Sables-d’Olonne in fifth place with his racing yacht Seaexplorer. He regularly sent voice messages to experience the feeling of community, kept a diary, took photos of himself and what was happening on board.
Together with the journalist Andreas Wolfers, he processed his impressions and experiences into a fascinating book. And at the same time a kind of plea that it is worth fighting against climate change: Because Herrmann was also on the road in the service of science. He collected data that should describe, for example, the consequences of ocean warming.