Aberdeen Rower Takes to the Solent

In the lead up to Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week which starts on Saturday, Aberdeen’s Extreme 40 catamaran has taken to the Solent to practise ahead of the racing. Skippering an Extreme 40 for the first time, British Olympic 49er class contender John Pink and his crew are putting the catamaran through its paces before they compete in Act 5 of the Extreme Sailing Series 2011 which starts Saturday 6 August.

The Aberdeen Asset Management Extreme 40 brings action and spectacle to Aberdeen’s growing sailing sponsorship portfolio and will line up for its first race at 3pm on Saturday 6 August.

Pink said: “This is the first time that I have skippered an Extreme 40 and taking her out on the water for the first time was exhilarating. We’ve got some good weather to practise in this week and test the boat out, I am incredibly excited about competing at Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week and hopefully producing some good race results for Aberdeen.”

Martin Gilbert, Chief Executive of Aberdeen Asset Management, said: “We are looking forward to seeing the Aberdeen Extreme 40 in action at Cowes with great anticipation. Our young and dynamic crew are working hard this week to prepare for the competition ahead and we will be extremely proud to see the ‘Aberdeen Asset Management’ on the start line.”

Pink’s crew includes fellow 49er crewmate Rick Peacock, Star sailor John Gimson, and experienced Extreme sailor Greg Homann. The crew will be wearing kit provided by Gill, Official Technical Clothing Sponsor to Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week.

Notes to editors:

About Aberdeen Asset Management and its sponsorships
Aberdeen Asset Management is a pure asset management group and is one of the largest publicly-quoted investment managers listed in the UK. It invests worldwide as a traditional, fundamental investor on behalf of institutional clients, advisers and individuals globally across major asset classes. The group has assets under management of £185.8 billion (€205.8 billion, $298.3 billion as at end of June 2011). Aberdeen was founded in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1983 and today operates in 26 countries around the world, employing 1,800 staff. Aberdeen champions first-hand research and believes close teamwork is the best means to discover the best investments for clients’ portfolios.

Aberdeen participates in sponsorships where it may get actively involved and make a difference to an event and its accessibility. Aberdeen’s current sport sponsorship portfolio includes Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week, the British Dragon Association and the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta in the US, as well as a number of professional golfers and golf events. The group is also involved with a number of cultural and arts sponsorships.

For more information on Aberdeen’s sponsorships visit: www.aberdeen-asset.com/aam.nsf/aboutus/sponsorship

Extreme Sailing Series™ 2011
The 2011 Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week constitutes the fifth of the nine Acts that make up the Extreme Sailing Series 2011 season.

Now in its fifth consecutive year, the Extreme Sailing Series is a truly global tour, with nine Acts held across three continents, visiting Muscat (Oman), Qingdao (China), Istanbul (Turkey), Boston (USA), Cowes (UK), Trapani (Italy), Nice (France), Almeria (Spain) and finally Singapore.

For more information visit the Extreme Sailing Series website www.extremesailingseries.com

Toe in the Water and Pacific 2012 Challenge
Toe in the Water is the official charity of Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week and its work is dedicated to helping inspire injured servicemen and women to move beyond their disabilities through competitive ocean sailing. Toe in the Water volunteer, Charlie Martell, not only races with the charity but is attempting to set a new world record for the fastest solo crossing of the Pacific Ocean in early 2012. Aberdeen is contributing towards Charlie’s challenge by providing vital communications equipment and weather reporting, enabling Charlie to complete the feat in the safest possible way.

For more information on Toe in the Water visit: www.toeinthewater.org

For more information on Pacific 2012 visit: www.pacific2012.com

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