This summer Lars and Rudy will start in Tarifa (Atlantic) to an extraordinary challenge. Together they want to sail with their catamaran over the Mediterranean Sea from Gibraltar along the European coast to Palermo in about 30 days. This means working as a TEAM for 10 to 12 hours a day in wind, waves, and all-weather on a 2x2 sq m trampoline. The special thing about this 3750 km long challenge: Rudy has been on the road without legs since an accident in 1997. The unequal duo is supported by a photographer, a cameraman & doc filmmaker, and an experienced team.
They accompany them in a motorboat and by car along the coast. After the great success of Follow the River 2017, this summer the next big challenge awaits Ruediger Boehm - no legs no limits! and his team. Together they want to show what is possible if you are willing to push your own limits again and again. They also want to draw attention to the beauty of our nature that is worthy to protect.
Look forward to a big challenge, real emotions, great pictures, and a special documentary film in every respect!
Lars grew up with sailing on Lake Thun and has various regatta victories and top rankings in div. classes. He became Swiss champion in the 470 class and participated several times as a member of the Swiss national squad at the Junior World Championships (2 x Top 15). He was able to make his catamaran experiences at two world championships with a German national team sailor. About 20 years ago he had lost the desire for sailing and regatta sports.... Until Rudy came along with his idea...
Rudy is an enthusiastic extreme athlete who repeatedly pushes his limits. He has been without legs since a road accident in 1997. In 2017, he successfully completed his last extreme endurance project with Follow the River. Before his accident, the former sports student was an avid water sportsman, especially windsurfing had done it to him. As a sailor, he sets off for new shores. As always Rudy is willing to do everything he can to successfully complete the GP-Challenge 2020 with the team.
The support team
René von Gunten
René is a passionate documentary filmmaker. His drive is the fascination with the stories of people who are not afraid to venture new things, explore the unknown, and turn things upside down. He wants to tell these stories because we can all learn from them.
Michele Di Fede
Photo & Support
Michele is both a photographer and a passionate athlete. He has already accompanied Rudy on the Follow the River project. He has the eye to catch the special moment on camera and he can pack properly if necessary. His cooking skills are well known.
Giovanni Poli & Team Alto Garda Kite
Accompanying & lifeboat
Giovanni and his team at Alto Garda Kite are well versed in following and helping a fast sailor on the water with the motorboat. Through their work with disabled kiters, they are always close to the action and master their job to 100%.
Fiore has been committed to inclusion for over 20 years. Digital assistive technologies move him in his everyday business, as well as his heart project: "Swiss Handicap Exhibition". Encouraged by Follow the River, he dares to tackle this outstanding challenge full of passion.
We count on you! Because success is only possible with strong partners! Become part of this extraordinary challenge and support us! Let's break the boundaries in our minds together and set a sign. With your support, we will show what is possible when a team is ready to give everything, and anyhow disability or handicap does NOT matter! We have prepared different sponsorship variants for you. In addition, we offer our sponsors a special added value: the GP CHALLENGE EVENT - the special event for your company! For more information, please contact us. CONTACT you us now.