Brian Heron & Ole Elmer
Born in Denmark just outside Copenhagen in 1948 so I am 61 now. My Birthday is January the 11 so I will be 62 on the water. It is Brian´s birthday the same day - What a place to celebrate!
I was trained as a chef in Copenhagen. I worked in Paris for 2 years before moving to Canada, where I have lived for 40 years in Vancouver.
I have canoed many major rivers in Canada and hiked in Venezuela and worked there for a year on the Guri dam project.
Later I started a waffle company and baked over 8 billion waffles which I sold in Canada, USA, Mexico, Columbia, New Zealand and Australia. I had 500 people working for me when I sold the company in 2005 to Ralpcor, an American company specialising in private label.
I have done a lot of biking in South America, Mexico and the USA. This is where I met two people, Tory Holmes and George Simpson who told me about the Atlantic Rowing Race so it was then that I figured out that I just had to try this adventure.
Woodvale have build the most beautiful boat for us a real work of art. I told Simon Chalk don't spare the horses lets go all the way on this epic journey
I completely look forward to this trip and I know how special it is going to be meeting all the people and to part of the excitement and to test the limit of my endurance.
My biggest fear: Getting there to fast.
My team song: Dreaming My Dreams Cowboy Junkies Trinity Revisited
My favourite hero: Piet Mondrian Dutch painter and Botero from Columbia
My favourite food: Not freeze dried but will learn to like it!
My biggest hope: Getting there alive.
The best thing I heard: Simon Chalk: “just get in the boat and row”, Thanks Simon that's life.