Mark Slats was in need of a main sponsor. He did not have enough funds, even after selling his house for his previous adventure, to participate in the greatest, most gruelling round-the-world sailing race. The Golden Globe Race is a non-stop 30,000 nautical mile solo race, without any modern technology or outside assistance. Core banking provider Ohpen stepped in, with just a week and a half before Slats has to set sail from the Netherlands to the United Kingdom for the start of the official program.
Mark Slats, a carpenter by trade, had never rowed before and decided to participate in the 3,000 mile Atlantic Challenge after his mother became seriously ill. He sold his house to fund his adventure and last January he broke the world record solo-ocean-rowing race by 5 days and did it in less than 31 days. Having completed this challenge, Slats wanted to embark on the world’s most challenging retro sailing race. He will compete with 17 other participants, most of whom have been preparing mentally, physically, operationally and financially for months. Some even years.
Instead of securing a main sponsor for the Golden Globe Race, Slats was busy setting a world-record in his rowing boat ‘Peanuts’. Upon his return, Slats really had to focus on the Golden Globe Race and sell everything he had left to finance his new adventure. Even the boat with which he had been so much through is up for sale. But it was not enough; there was a big chance of Slats having to withdraw from the race. With hope fading, a chance encounter on May 22nd 2018 with Chris Zadeh, founder and CEO of Ohpen changed the course of his adventure.
“When a mutual contact introduced me to Mark, I immediately saw the spitting image of our core values. I have never met a person that embodies ”give it all” as much as he does. The word “impossible” is not in his dictionary. Based on mental strength, tactics and pure perseverance, he overcomes and takes on new challenges. Quite like the journey we have been on in building the world’s first cloud-based core banking engine. With this sponsorship, I want to set an example for our team and our customers, that we can achieve anything if we just set our mind to it”.
With the financial support of Ohpen, Mark and his team, which is managed by Dutch naval architect Dick Koopmans, can now focus on getting ready for the 7 to 9 month sailing race.
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