Catharina “Cätschi” Streit (33) works as the head of quality assurance for a big coffee roasting house in Hamburg. As an ex-hockey player and triathlete she’s inherently up for any adventure. It was her idea to take part in the Atlantic Challenge and convinced Meike. Cätschi loves challenges and now she wants to row across the Atlantic.
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The Challenge

The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge – short TWAC – is known as „the world's toughest row“.
3,000 miles in a rowing boat across the Northern Atlantic from La Gomera to Antigua. Up to 10 meters high waves, scorching heat and unpredictable winds make it a great adventure and a torture for the contestants. What awaits the four women at the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge ...
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Countdown to the start

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Woman overboard

Meike, Cätschi, Steffi and Jenny complete her first course. At "Sea Rescue & Survival at Sea" they have to prove how "tough" they really are. And after that they travel to England. Click "CC" in the video player for English subtitles.


Pretty Hats

At the sports store

Meike, Cätschi and Steffi are trying out the right hats for their Atlantic crossing. Click "CC" in the video player for English subtitles.


Baptism of Fire

Many friends, supporter, family and even the television came to the boat christening. But the announcement of the name is not the biggest surprise..
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Dream Start

Die TWAC is known as the world's toughest row. Meike, Cätschi and Steffi witness the start on La Gomera and take a closer look at what they have to expect for December 2019. And it get's emotinal.
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Safety Briefing

Ian Couch, TWAC Safety Officer

The TWAC is very professionally organized and has two Safety Officers who are responsible for ensuring that the race is as safe as possible. This includes the briefing of future participants.


Body & Soul

The vision is clear, the goal is set, but the actual mission is just beginning. A common plan is necessary! At the top of the list: Rowing, rowing, rowing … . Are the girls already in shape? Click "CC" in the video player for English subtitles.


Status Quo

Great experience: The first trip on the English Channel was anything but smooth. Back in Hamburg the girls have to face another kind of challenge. Who takes on which role? Click "CC" in the video player for English subtitles.


Soul Food

The girls are hungry for more

After a tough night on the North Sea and a merciless fight against wind and current the Wellenbrecherinnen return to Burnham. Charlie Pitcher gets a cheat meal for the girls to regain their power.


Family Affairs

In Steffi's and Timna's „Rowing Family“ is a lot in motion. Not only because the two women want to row across the Atlantic together, but also because their husbands have to share the consequences of this decision. Please, click “CC” in the player for Englisch subtitles.


Big Steps

The Wellenbrecherinnen are making big steps. Timna does. Meike too. And Ian Couch, the safety officer of the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge, takes a look at the girls' equipment.



The girls are getting in shape, but how about "Doris" and the equipment?


Farewell Tour

Goodbye Doris! During the last training session on the Alster, Doris is accompanied by a large boat convoy. An emotional day that is rounded off with a very special highlight. In addition, sports psychologist Anett plays a round of beach volleyball with the girls.


Get ready

After the big farewell on the Alster packing is next. First the women have to sort their food for 50 days and then boat "Doris" is loaded.



For the last time the girls are bringing "Doris" to England. Before shipping her to La Gomera Charlie and his team have to install the water maker and other vital equipment into the boat.

Milestones of Cätschi