1 million strokes, 3000 miles, 60 days, alone on the ocean, nothing to do except: Rowing

No one would be stupid enough to do what I am going to do without a good reason: many people suffer from cystic fibrosis and too many of them die from it. These deaths could be prevented by donated lungs and medication, so I am taking this extreme measure to generate attention. My goal: to collect entries in the organ donor register and donations to save the lives of CF patients.

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Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a hereditary disease that primarily affects the lung but also other organs. Twenty years ago, hardly anyone with CF survived childhood. Fortunately, research has made great strides since then, but a cure still does not exist. Those affected still suffer from the disease throughout their whole lives and often need donor organs to delay the inevitable.

This picture shows a good friend of mine and her brother in happier times. A few years ago he died much too early from CF and I directly experienced the pain and suffering this can cause in a family. That is why I have set myself the goal of sparing as many families as possible the same scenario. But this is only possible with your help!

Good friend and her brother in happier times

What can you do? Enter your name in the organ donor register right now. This entry is free of charge and can be made within a few minutes under this link here. Even if you don't want to donate organs, the entry is relevant and helps to create clarity!
Secondly, support my project and buy rowing strokes, you can find more information here. And finally, tell everyone about CF and my project, together we can not only change lives but also save them.

Cystic Fibrosis Switzerland

All the money left over from this project will go to the two organisations Swisstransplant and Cystic Fibrosis Switzerland.

Swisstransplant organises all organ transplants and is therefore also important for many CF patients.

Cystic Fibrosis Switzerland cares for people with CF and their families and tries to make their lives as comfortable as possible. They also work on all fronts to raise awareness of cystic fibrosis and raise funds to support research.

Thank you for helping and making the world a better place. Every donation is important - every penny helps.

Support the project by buying rowing strokes! It takes 1 million rowing strokes to cross the Atlantic, you can help me by buying some of them for the price of 1 Swiss franc per stroke.

Still available: 944'577 / 1'000'000 rowing strokes



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A Lung Journey
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On 12 December 2021, I will start the biggest challenge of my life to date: I will row across the Atlantic for 60-70 days as part of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. This journey of around 3000 miles will take me from La Gomera all alone across the vast sea to Antigua. Not only am I fighting against over 100 rowers in teams of up to 5 members spread over 40 boats, but also against wind, waves, exhaustion and of course seasickness.

The race will be completely unsupported, so there is a good chance that I will not see a soul from start to finish. All the equipment and food I need will be carried on board. The only contact with the outside world will be by satellite phone.

For more information, visit the race website.

Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge by Atlantic Campaigns

This 6-metre long and 1.5-metre wide boat is my only companion in this difficult time. Filled to the brim with high-tech equipment such as an automatic steering system (auto helm), water filter, para-anchor, navigation systems, GPS, radio, emergency kit and much more, she will ensure that I arrive safely at the destination port.

Designed to be as stable as possible, this boat is virtually unsinkable. When big waves turn the world upside down, it automatically turns back to the right side and even cracks and holes can be easily repaired en route. Safety experts assured me: "If the boat splits in two, you simply have two rowing boats."

Boat in the harbour

Yep, that fabulously handsome young man in the photo is me, Sandro Detig. My life started on 7 June 1993 and not much later I started spending time on the computer. That has never changed and now I work as a systems engineer in an SME.

I've also spent enough of my free time playing video games to win a few national tournaments. I only leave my office chair to work on my part-time acting career.

As a typical gamer, I was therefore never particularly athletic or muscular. I got out of breath when I had to catch the bus or train. At 1.72m tall and 60kg, I was really a dash in the landscape. If I needed shade in summer, a lamppost would have been enough. So it was a big surprise for those around me when I told them about my challenge.

The daily training started and the unathletic type is gone, since the decision I train daily and already after three months of hard training I completed the Zurich Marathon. That's how determined I am. That's how ambitious I am.
That's exactly why I will successfully complete the Talisker Whysky Atlantic Challenge.


Please feel free to contact me with any requests, I will be very happy to answer all your questions.