At the start of the Berg I was standing with my team mate Justin Swart when the dood getting ready for the race at the car next to ours was packing some serious supplies into his boat. Never really though much of it until we returned to the car a solid half hour later to see him still packing stuff into his boat.
Surprised we asked him what he was doing? He said he was a bit scared of the race and was taking some stuff with just in case. Everyone to their own I guess and we had a giggle at him going back to his packing. He was stone last one the first day take more hours than I can count for the stage.
Saw him come in on the second day in just as many hours. Was amazed at him unpacking his kit, flasks of coffee, food, repair kits and wearing a full wetsuit he was there.
One needs to put this in perspective, the berg is the hardest and longest in the world covering 244km over 4 days in the Capes cold winter. People should be scared of this race but this dood was extreme.
Had a chat to him to find out more about his story. He is from German and never trained for the event. He doesn’t live near water. He read about the race on the internet and said ‘I have to do that’ , flew out to SA and just did it!!!!!
What a legend! That the type of attitude that makes for true legends.
He needs to eat every hour to maintain his energy over the long days on the water and he needed safety equipment in case he never made the finish. Good on him for taking on the impossible, the brave and the cold. I cant pronounce his name and wont try spell it, think it better to leave him as a myth, the dood that packed his boat full of kit. The girls in the relay named him packer and the name stuck. Let the legend of the packer proceed on.
I take a lesson from him, never let things get in your way! Just do it, no matter what!