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Oldest Pair Breaks Record Rowing Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge

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Guy Rigby, 68, and David Murray, 56, have become the oldest pair ever to row across the Atlantic ocean as part of the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge. Founder and Chair of the Entrepreneurial Services Group at Smith & Williamson, Guy and his crew mate David, Director of Hotsmoked, investor, and sports enthusiast, set sail in December (2021) as part of ‘The Entrepreneur Ship’ to raise money for UnLtd. 

Real Business sat down with Guy and David last year to discuss their plans to take on the Talisker Rowing Challenge and hoping to raise money and awareness for UnLtd, a UK charity that provides funding and support to social enterprises, with almost half of its funding dedicated to supporting entrepreneurs from minority communities and backgrounds. Guy has spent many years working with entrepreneurs to grow their businesses and has witnessed the immensely positive impact entrepreneurship can have on job creation and benefiting local communities.

To date, ‘The Entrepreneur Ship‘ has raised over £600,000 for UnLtd with support from a number of influential businesses; Smith & Williamson, Mishcon de Reya, Crowdcube, Tech Nation, Founders Forum, London Tech Week, Fieldhouse Associates.

“Being able to row through the darkness, the light, and the stormy conditions has been the highlight for me over the past few weeks. The night time rowing – and the sunrises and sunsets – have been stunning. However, like every extraordinary journey in life, it has a finitine timeliness and I am looking forward to ‘real ‘life’ and seeing my family and friends. Not to mention, after a brutal regime of ‘eat, sleep, and row’, a hot shower and proper sheets! We are incredibly grateful for the donations which have been pouring in for UnLtd, to help social entrepreneurs start and build businesses that are beneficial to their communities and the wider world. We look forward to helping execute the deployment of these funds once we arrive back on land.” Guy Rigby, Founder/Chair of Smith & Williamson’s Entrepreneurial Services Group

“Everything has been amazing and I have really embraced the solitude and the night skies, being able to get away from ‘everyday life’ and really reset. I have learned a lot about myself. When you are tired mentally and physically you go to some extraordinary places. I can’t wait to return back to land to see family and friends – and also the funds we have raised being used to help social entrepreneurs who typically find it difficult to fund their businesses.” David Murray, Company Director of Hotsmoked

“A huge congratulations to Guy and David on making it to Antigua. With the proceeds going to such an amazing organisation like UnLtd, we were delighted to be part of the fundraising campaign and have been blown away by their dedication.” Julian Hall, Founder of Ultra Education

“Congratulations Guy and David on your momentous achievement! We are deeply honoured to have been a part of your journey. We are blown away that these efforts have raised over half a million pounds, which will go to supporting social entrepreneurs on their own journeys into the unknown. As we eagerly cheered you on throughout the row, we especially admired how you demonstrated the qualities of social entrepreneurs: resilience, creativity, and a determination to make society better. it is a long way across the Atlantic, and we commit to ensuring this funding will got to similar lengths in building an economy driven by inclusivity and community.” Mark Norbury, Chief Executive at UnLtd

‘The Entrepreneur Ship’ team would like to thank all of its existing sponsors including: Smith & Williamson, Crowdcube, Mishcon de Reya, Trimite, Plasmor, Moneycorp, Fieldhouse Associates, Dent, and Woodsome Estates.

You can read Guy and David’s interview before they started their incredibly journey here.

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