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2 men - 2 legs

an extraordinary


no legs no limits!

the sailing challenge

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!

Summer 2020

along the coast from Gibraltar to Palermo

2020 nautical miles



The team

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 Film

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 Photographer

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 Escort Boat

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 Capone Support

Fiore Capone

Land Crew

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.

The boat


Length: 5.51 m

Width: 2.60 m

Mast height: 9.00 m

Altitude over water: 0.40 m

Sailing area: 21 sqm

Weight: 180 kg

Material: GRP & Aluminum

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The sponsors

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.

Borders arise in our minds - we do not allow others to prevent us!





Official partners
Equipment suppliers & supporters

The Partner Wall

If you are as enthusiastic about our idea as we are, we are delighted with YOUR support. Already from a donation amount of CHF 10.- we are very happy to immortalize YOU as an official partner with YOUR name here on our partner wall. From a donation amount of CHF 50.- YOU will find YOUR name on our foresail as well - so you, or at least YOUR name comes along on the entire Challenge with us! For CHF 150.- you already save YOUR ticket for our VIP-KINO-EVENT now! Of course, our supporters are mentioned in the credits of our documentary film.

Dominique & Peter Schneider | Beatrice & Daniel Hilpert | Edina & Chrigu Harnisch | Sue Furrer | Makrus von Allmen | Quynh & Davide Bottino | Michaela & Alain Tuor | Jolanda & Jean-Luc Gremaud | Jolanda & Pascal Luginbühl | Karola Pohl | Thomas Sorgen | Eve & Markus Schwab | Claudia & Patrick Mast | Marlies & Johann Bach | Michaela & Housi Portner | Michaela & Simon Schreiber | Monika & Andreas Brunner | Fabienne & Pascal Beeri | Rikki Kyprian | Veronika Zbären | Koni Henzi | Dieter & Isabelle Rudiger | Bossart Sport Wil | Fotios Papagiannis | Michael Preusser | Francesca Garotta | Antonia Steiner & Beat Schelbert | Petra & Christian Finke | Rolf & Barbara Stauffer | Luisa Ciocarone | Toni Di Gregorio | Ruth & Bruno Laib | Beat Menzi | Markus Bachmann | Dr. Rolf Hess | Christina & Markus Sunitsch | Horst Weltner & Nicole Ratay | Stefan Halter | Jeannette Fabbri | Sylvia Kyprian | Frank Heinzmann | Tina Thuesen | Elli & Helge Mühlfeld | Anna Maria Giampá & Beat Suter | Kurt Schlegel | Bruno Abegglen |  Beatrice & Franziska Ott | Adriana & Thomas Scheiwiller-Mazza | Isabelle Hug & Werner Aeschbacher | Jennifer Oehrli | Margrit Reimann | Urs Briner | Christian Joos | Joachim Hümmler | Robert Geiter | Vreni Mattli | Kathrin Beeri | Christian Hiestand | Barbara Schüpbach | Adrian Schudel | Lukas Rupp | Marisa Wunderlin | Thomas Krieg | Wolfgang Weimer | Alexandra Baumann | Christian Zährl | Isabella & Hans Bertini | Andreas Baumann | Peter Hyballa | Dennda Orthopädie & Rehatechnik AG | Peter Gasser | Ursi’s Füllbar Vögeli | Matthias Minder | Andy Hüppi | Georg Kostyra | Brigitte Siemoneit | Markus & Nicole Seiler | Hans-Jürgen Arnold & Inge Böhm | Thomas Emminger | Ilona Roth | Daniela & Tom | Udo & Geli Fischer | Patrick Meyer | Jürgen Kaesler | Pascal Wellauer | Ursula Mischlich | Sonja & Daniel Brüngger | Ingrid Schlegel | Thermodul GmbH & Co. KG | Brian Darmstädter | Florian Studer | Heidi Schwald | Jacqueline & Jürg Sieber | Patrik Bertschinger | Jörg Lustenberger | Karin Misaghi | Michelangelo Semilia | Elke Amann & Martin Leitner | AXA Vorsorge & Vermögen St. Gallen & Altstätten | Rolf Betschart | Erich Rutemöller | Martin Ankli |