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Networking Lunch Launches New Sponsorship Deal

Posted: 3rd March 2017

A chance meeting at the recent Glasgow Chamber lunch event has brought about a new sponsorship deal between Atlantic rowing team Carbonzerow and chamber member, of both Edinburgh & Glasgow, Ogilvie Ross.

Attending the lunch was Strathclyde University PhD researcher Kyle Smith who was hoping to promote the Carbonzerow team that is competing in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. This event is the premier event in ocean rowing – a challenge that takes teams more than 4.800 km. west from San Sebastian in La Gomera, Canary Islands to Nelson’s Dockyard English Harbour, Antigua & Barbuda. The annual race begins in early December, with up to 30 teams participating from around the world. 

The crossing can take anywhere from 40-70 days to complete depending on the team and weather conditions. All boats are equipped at the race start, and cannot take any repair, help or food and water during the crossing. There is a constant battle of sleep deprivation, salt sores and the physical extremes that the row will inflict. 

The Carbonzerow team of 4 we will be rowing two men up while the other two rest. Changeovers will occur every two hours, within the down time period team members need to eat, clean and sleep before getting up to row another two hour shift. Of rowing the Atlantic was not a big enough challenge, the team have committed to be “carbon neutral” in their efforts.

Ogilvie Ross managing partner, John Ross was so impressed with the challenge and Kyle’s own commitment and drive that he agreed that the firm would become one of the team’s corporate sponsors. John also arranged for Kyle to be a guest on the business podcast series “In conversation with.” to help promote the team and their charity partner The World Land Trust.

Kyle “In conversation with” podcast can be heard at

And potential sponsors can



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