Wilfried Erdmann in the cockpit of the "Kathennui"
Not only Erdmann fans puzzled for years whether it would be something again with another challenging trip on the legendary "Kathennui". Last summer, the record yacht was re-watered for the first time after 14 years on dry land, and it was fitted with an engine. "I'm still going on a long journey," announced Wilfried Erdmann, 76. But what exactly he planned to do he kept to himself for the time being. The guesswork continued.
In YACHT 10/2016 the most popular German skipper became concrete: The trip will go to Scotland, with stops in the Hebrides, the Orkneys and the Faroe Islands, among others. The watering in at the end of April was followed by intensive days of preparation, which ended this morning. Astrid and Wilfried Erdmann have loosened the lines and left the local Schlei for the long trip. Her return is not planned until autumn.
Before leaving, the YACHT had the exclusive opportunity to sail the famous sloop. We will present this extraordinary ship to you in detail in issue 12.
The construction of aluminum specialist Uwe Dübbel, which Wilfried Erdmann developed himself in 1984, had helped its owner to achieve several initial achievements. In 1984/85 Erdmann sailed one-handed and non-stop around the world with the 10.60-meter yacht, also in 200/01, at that time even against the prevailing winds and currents. Nobody has succeeded in doing this with a smaller ship, and no other yacht has circumnavigated the world non-stop in both directions.
After the second long journey, however, the "Kathennui" was struck in the courtyard behind Erdmann's house on the Schlei - only from today is she back in her element.