The Power of saying “No”

Team Atventure experienced dramatic times on the Atlantic

Every grip on the oar becomes torture, every pull on the oar becomes a superhuman effort. Dominic Schaub has had this feeling for nine long days and 900 kilometres and then had to say the hardest word of his life: No!

If you have prepared for an Atlantic crossing, there is one thing you certainly don’t expect when crossing the Atlantic: seasickness. But it was precisely this illness that forced Dominic Schaub to give up after nine days: “No, I can’t keep rowing.” In coordination with the race physicians, Dominic Schaub decided on the task. Not only the seasickness was exceptional, but also the fact that it was getting worse and worse.

It was to be a long time before the accompanying sailing yacht “Suntiki” would arrive. But the winds were good and so Schaub’s suffering ended two days before the calculated time and he was taken on board. Exactly at Christmas. He will love this Christmas because it was the end of suffering and he will hate it because it was the end of the dream to cross the Atlantic Ocean rowing with his partner Florian Ramp.

Florian Ramp remains on the boat at his own request and now rowers the remaining 3865 km as a one-man boat to continue the race to Antigua.

Dominic Schaub arrived after two and a half days on Cape Verde, the next bigger island with an airport. Finally, he had solid ground under his feet again. From there he starts his journey home.

Anyone who has rowed almost 1000 kilometres in nine days in extreme seasickness deserves the greatest respect. And we also have great respect for his “no” to rowing on. Now all our thoughts and wishes are with Florian Ramp, who still has about 3800 kilometres to go alone. We hope for good times for him and are already eager to hear the story of Dominic Schaub’s evacuation first hand. From the hand that wears our watch.

Florian und Dominic
Rettung mitten auf dem Atlantik: Dominic Schaub (mit Schwimmweste) kurz vor dem Verlassen des Ruderbootes.
Abschied vom Teamkollegen: Schaub (l.) gibt das Rennen auf. Florian Ramp rudert alleine Richtung Karibik.
Jetzt Solo: Ramp filmt, wie sein seekranker Teamkollege das Boot schwimmend Richtung Segelyacht verlässt.
Dominic Schaub
Florian Ramp
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