Team Trying to Row Across the Atlantic Ocean

Aberdeen Asset Management is supporting an eight-strong team in its attempt to row across the Atlantic Ocean commencing Feb. 15, weather permitting. The eight comprise one of the most experienced ocean rowing crews ever assembled and includes Aberdeen’s own Toby Wallace, based in Philadelphia, says the company.

Toby is a senior relationship manager and has worked for Aberdeen for almost 12 years. When his 6’7” frame isn’t towering over his desk or coaching the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta Corporate Challenge Team, you can find him preparing for this incredible feat, Aberdeen informs.

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The crew will climb aboard the lightest, most technologically advanced Ocean Rowing Boat ever produced in an attempt to cross the Atlantic Ocean in under 30 days in an effort to break the current world record of 31 days, 23 hours. The 3,000-mile unsupported journey will take them from Gran Canaria in the Canaries to Barbados.

Toby has chosen to support the Kirsten Scott Memorial Trust charity. Kirsten, a colleague of Toby’s on Aberdeen’s UK marketing team, succumbed to cancer this past fall at the age of 25. The Trust offers financial assistance to people under 26 years old to travel or take part in volunteer projects which brought Kirsten such joy.

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“Attempting to break this world record will undoubtedly be the most physically and mentally challenging adventure of my life. I expect to be seasick, sleep-deprived, hallucinate and lose 20% of my body weight over the voyage,” said Toby Wallace.

It is estimated that the crew will burn roughly 8,000 calories a day during the crossing, while consuming roughly 6,500 per day. Weight loss is inevitable and Toby has gained about 40 pounds through diet and training to prepare himself.

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The eight-member crew will rotate rowing shifts with four men rowing at any one time and sleeping facilities on-board – two enclosed boxes positioned under the rowers’ seats. Water is supplied from an on-board solar-powered desalination system which is limited, because additional power is needed to operate a satellite phone and GPS systems.

Aberdeen Asset Management PLC, the parent company of Aberdeen Asset Management Inc., is an independently run asset manager listed on the London Stock Exchange since 1991, and operating from 30 offices in 23 countries.

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Rakesh Raman