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Jock Wishart

Jock Wishart


Jock Wishart is an international adventurer, sportsman, team leader and businessman. His reputation for developing succesful teams and leading expeditionary projects to victory is virtually unrivalled. Within the space of 18 months, he rowed the Atlantic in a rowing boat, led the crew which set fifteen new world speed records for powered circumnavigation, led the team that broke the London to Paris CNA Maritime Challenge rowing record and is the only man to have walked unsupported to a Pole and rowed across an ocean.

Scottish born and educated; he has represented GB rowing and yachting and is a veteran of the America’s Cup and European Dragon Boat Racing Champion. Early in his career he was Project Leader of the team that broke the Round Britain powerboat record and in 1992 he was as a member of the first team to walk unsupported to the Geomagnetic North Pole. Four years later, he organised The Ultimate Challenge, the first ever televised trek to the Magnetic North Pole.

In 2000 he led the expedition “Shackleton’s Steps”, which replicated, for a TV documentary, Sir Ernest Shackleton’s traverse of South Georgia in May 1916. One of the world’s leading yacht navigators, he was navigator on board the American 12 metre yacht “Freedom”, which won the 12-metre World Championship in Cowes during the America’s Cup Jubilee Regatta. In 2002, he was navigator on the second placed yacht “Salty Dog” in the premier offshore yachting event the Commodores’ Cup. In 2006 he was navigator on the winning yacht in the Round the Island Race. In 2003 he conceived and organised the first ever Polar Race: a race for teams on ski or foot from Resolute Bay in Nunavut, Canada to the Magnetic North Pole. The Polar Race is now a biennial event. In 2008, he organised the inaugural London2Paris Rowing Challenge, and this too has become a biennial event.

Jock has a charismatic personality and is used to dealing with and communicating with large multi-national companies and audiences. His presentations focus on team development, creating winning teams and developing a can-do heuristic in corporate teams.


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