You've seen Kai appear in several posts, let's introduce him properly to you.
Kai Wiedmer is 25 years old and lives in Rotterdam. He grew up among boats at his parents' shipyard and marina in Numansdorp. From an early age he has been very enterprising and has devoted himself to various passions. From sailing optimists, playing judo and hockey, supping to making music for hours every day.
"I knew from an early age that I wanted to do something adventurous and grand" Kai says. Being raised by parents who met in the Caribbean and chartered there for 5 years on a large sailboat, it is in his blood. "In addition, my father had so many adventures that I knew from an early age through all these stories that a "standard" and "normal" life would not be for me."
After several studies in Delft and Utrecht and a trip through Australia, Kai started working in sales. In the end, he took the plunge and decided to run the marina with his parents in order to take over so that they can enjoy a well-deserved retirement. Together with his sister, who will join in two years, Kai will be the second generation owners of Marina Numansdorp.
When Mark was in port last year with his sail boat Maverick, he inspired Kai who knew right away that he wanted to join him in his upcoming adventure rowing the Atlantic in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. After a few days of thinking this idea through he called Mark and that's how their friendship and cooperation began.
"I immediately felt that if I didn't do everything in my power and being part of this adventure I would be fed up for the rest of my life. It seems like such a great life experience and I love to push myself. This is the ultimate challenge to prove to yourself your worth. In the past I sometimes doubted myself because I had the feeling that I was the odd one out and this adventure shows me who I am and I am proud of it."
During the Covid-19 lock down both Mark and Kai trained separately. Now Maria has been launched they are able to train together and really get to know each other. To make sure the Atlantic crossing will be a success and meet their ambition good and clear communication is key, therefore they also work together with a performance/team coach. "It helps us discussing several topics and recognizing that we have different personalities. It's key that we can keep on motivating each other and talking to each other in a respectful way, especially in challenging times" Mark says. Until now it has helped a lot and we are confident that our team spirit will increase even more during the following months.
Kai and Mark will participate under team 'row 4 cancer' and are committed to raise money for the Maarten van der Weijden Foundation. Stay tuned for more info about the specific project they will choose.
For updates about the preparation, trainings and other information about the participation of the TWAC, please stay tuned on this site and/or on FB and IG via @markslatsofficial and @k.wiedmer