Welcome to the DMG MORI Sailing World

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  • Our Skipper: Kojiro Shiraishi. He is the first Asian, who has mastered the Vendée Globe - a round-the-world race, also known as the Everest of the Seas
  • Our boat: IMOCA 60 named “DMG MORI Global One”
  • Our spirit: Unite DMG MORI employees, customers, partner and associated companies, the team members and fans around the world together under “Global One” to support the team

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Vendée Globe

Kojiro Shiraishi - The first Asian skipper to finish the Vendée Globe

One man, one resolution, once around the world. After 94 days, 21 hours, 32 minutes on the oceans, Kojiro Shiraishi has reached the finish line of the Vendée Globe. The Japanese skipper has made history: he is the first Asian to have mastered the toughest solo regatta in the world. With his unconditional will, his perseverance and his optimism in the most difficult situations, he has mastered the ultimate test of endurance on the world's oceans.

For good reason the Vendée Globe is called the Everest of the Seas. The race was founded in 1989 and since 1992 has been held every four years.The Skippers are confronted to freezing cold, gigantic waves and heavy skies. The challenge requires everything: ultimate willpower, precision and resilience. 

DMG MORI Sailing Team

The Skipper: Kojiro Shiraishi

Kojiro Shiraishi is a skipper by passion. Born in Kamakura, a coastal town south of Tokyo, he has had a deep connection to the sea since childhood. In 1994, at the age of 26, Kojiro completed a solo circumnavigation of the world as the youngest sailor.

In 2016, he was the first Asian to compete in the Vendée Globe. At the ninth edition of the regatta in 2020/2021, Kojiro Shiraishi goes down in Vendée Globe history as the first Asian skipper to reach the finish line of the toughest solo-regatta in the world

Wanted: next generation of sailing talents

The newly founded DMG MORI Sailing Academy – based in Lorient, France – welcomes and empowers young sailing talents to grow their skills by being part of the DMG MORI Sailing Team. Candidates can now apply as a skipper trainee. Within the program, the young sailors will have access to a brand new Mini 6.50 prototype boat for the 2022-23 season. The goal set: the successful participation in the Mini Transat 2023. On the way there, the team accompanies the young talents with professional sailing coaching as well as valuable insights into boat building, electronics, and project management.

Program start is in February 2022. Applications can be sent in until 31st August 2021.

Technology at its best: "DMG MORI Global One"

With an innovative design and an experienced shipyard, “DMG MORI Global One” is a technical masterpiece. The construction began in November 2018 and took around nine months to complete. The IMOCA 60 was built at Multiplast in Vannes, France. The boat design was individually adapted to meet the needs of the Skipper Kojiro Shiraishi.

Some parts of the yacht are machined by DMG MORI’s latest 5 axis and mill turn machines. Thus the heart of the yacht the keel plate was manufactured with cutting edge machine tool. "DMG MORI Global One" left the boatyard for the first time in France on August 31st.

  • Name: DMG MORI Global One
  • Sail number: JPN 11
  • Designer: VPLP
  • Construction: 2019, Multiplast, Vannes (France)
  • Launch Date: 11 September 2019
  • Home port: Lorient
  • Length: 18,28m
  • Beam: 5,85m
  • Draught: 4,50m
  • Weight: 8 tonnes
  • Mast height: 29m​​​​​​​
  • Foils: Yes​​​​​​​

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