Koine General Counsel rows in to the record books

19th September 2019
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Koine General Counsel and former Olympic rower, Simon Leifer, has broken the Guinness World Record for rowing the length of Loch Ness in the fastest time

Simon, a former national champion rower, was previously a Guinness World Record for rowing the Thames in the fastest time.

He joined forces with 13 other seasoned rowers, all with a similar with racing pedigree.

The intrepid team travelled the length of the 20.5-mile long loch in 2 hours, 26 minutes and 57 seconds, almost a minute quicker than the previous record holders.

This is the first of an incredible three World Record attempts for the team, which will shortly see them crossing the English Channel and the length of the Thames.

Simon said: “I couldn’t have asked for a better team to do this ‘monstrous’ challenge with. It was tough at times but we got through it all as a team.

“Loch Ness was a wonderful setting to start our triple world record bid, and I can’t wait to take on the Thames and Channel! There is still a lot of training to be done – though I am thankful for the rests in between.”

The rowing boat, from the Basque region of northern Spain, is a state-of-the-art fiberglass copy of an old fishing boat, on its home turf races in the boats draw crowds of thousands.

The methods of measuring record attempts and personal bests have changed throughout Simon’s history of endurance sport, with the introduction of digital measurements based on GPS.

“Gone are the days of stopwatches”, Simon said. “It can seem a little odd at first, because we’re so used to the old methods, but sport and beating records is all about accuracy so it’s great that we can use this state-of-the-art technology to support us in achieving our goal.”

Hugh Hughes, CEO and Chairman at Koine, said: “Simon’s success with this challenge is a testament to his ability to work in sync with his team, coming together with a combined focus and common goal – something that is also reflected in the way he approaches his day-to-day work at Koine.

“This is an incredible achievement and the whole team at Koine wishes Simon well in his treble record quest.”