Smith & Williamson Entrepreneur adviser aims to break the trans-Atlantic rowing age record.

Guy Rigby & Lily.

Guy Rigby is the Head of Entrepreneurship at Smith & Williamson. It was the summer of 2019 and Guy had just turned 66. He was ready for a new challenge. With no desire (or capability) to climb a mountain or run multiple marathons, Guy settled on the idea of water-based activity.

Having started rowing at Marlow Rowing Club on the Thames in 2014, rowing seemed like an appropriate choice. Never one to take the easy route, Guy decided that he would commit to rowing 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean.

Finding a partner to match this commitment was not going to be easy but a chance telephone call with the son of a friend who had recently succumbed to cancer yielded an enthusiastic response. So it was that David Murray, an extreme sports enthusiast, agreed to join the crew.

Having spent most of his life working with and advising entrepreneurs, Guy, with the support of David, decided to use this epic challenge to raise money for UnLtd, the charity that finds, funds and supports social entrepreneurs – enterprising people with solutions that change our society for the better. The Entrepreneur Ship was launched!

Guy and David will set off to row the 3,000 miles from La Gomera to Antigua in December 2021 as part of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. They hope to arrive in February, 2022. If they are successful, as records currently stand, they will be the oldest pair ever to row any ocean.

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  1. Oliver Rothschild

    Fantastic initiative and great encouragement for those who feel that sporting activities such as Guy’s and David’s are for gen x alone 😂

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