When Johannes Erdmann crossed the Atlantic from east to west in 2005, he was the youngest active single-handed blue water sailor in Germany. How does a young man come to buy a boat on Ebay and sail across the "Big Pond" with it?
Stefan Raab, himself a sailor, will investigate this question in his program "TV Total" on March 26th. The life story of his guest offers enough material for flippant questions:
Because of a lactose intolerance, Erdmann was taken out of service by the German armed forces and in this way unexpectedly gained a window of one year before the serious side of life began in the form of a shipbuilding degree. What could be closer than making the family's own Fellowship 27 "Maverick" clear and going on a long journey? Erdmann seizes his chance.
He experiences 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.
During his nine-month sailing trip, Johannes Erdmann fortunately found the time to film with the camera again and again. This created enough raw material for an impressive, professionally produced DVD documentation of his one-hand trip. These as well as his book "Alone across the Atlantic" have been published by Delius Klasing Verlag.