"Alone across the Atlantic"
Johannes Erdmann has just finished high school, hardly any money, but one great longing: the ocean. Suddenly, after school, his chance comes. The start of the study is delayed, unexpectedly there are a few months. And Erdmann becomes active - now or maybe never! Fulfill your wish for life, at the lowest possible level. The 36-year-old "Maverick", bought on Ebay, is quickly made fit. And then it begins: a transatlantic trip with this small, aged yacht (the "Maverick" has almost twice as many years under his belt as the skipper himself), from Lisbon to the Caribbean. It will be a great adventure, a journey through all the ups and downs of single-handed sailing, with storms and lulls, with toothache, euphoria and seasickness, with torn sails and various damage, with pleasure and worry. The trip succeeds, the Caribbean is reached, the Bahamas recognized as a dream destination. And then it goes on, up the Intracoastal Waterway 2000 kilometers to Charleston / South Carolina, where Erdmann sells the meanwhile badly battered "Maverick" and, contrary to original plans, flies home.
What remains is a memorable journey, a remarkable undertaking, an act that inspires courage because it shows that if you want to live your dream, you don't need riches - a few good ideas and a strong will are enough. With the help of logbook entries that are as refreshing as they are exciting to read, the young Erdmann has hereby presented a book that encourages imitation. It is a plea to pursue one's goals, even if they seem impossible, and it is an insight into a young, carefree person who, shaped and shaped by the sea, has to take on a great deal of responsibility.