10 years ago, Florian (left) was having a great night out in Hong Kong and committed to do a 20 mile ocean row to an island the following day. In the boat was Martin, who had completed the Atlantic crossing in a pair (a boat of two). Ever since, Florian was thinking of taking on this challenge himself one day.
Dominic (right) first heard about the Atlantic Challenge during military service, as three team members of the first ever Swiss crew (Swiss Mocean, 2017) were part of his military unit.
Florian reached out to several potential team members, who all said “Great idea, but…”. Set to do the challenge in 2019, Florian approached Dominic early in January. To his big surprise, the answer was swift and simple: “Count me in! “
With 11 months to go, Florian and Dominic began their preparations.
Dominic got in contact with rowing at a young age but it wasn’t until after his military service that he took up rowing again - this time competitively.
In the years since, he has rowed whilst studying at the University of Zurich and won a Swiss championship title in the process.
Before focusing on his international corporate career and entrepreneurial ventures, Florian had enjoyed a successful athletic endeavor as a rower winning 2 Junior World-, 14 Swiss-, 2 French- and 1 Hong Kong championship title(s).