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Sailor Attempts World Record Crossing the Atlantic in Smallest Boat

Alpha Software partner Start Software is sponsoring an incredible World Record attempt: a solo race across the Atlantic Ocean in the smallest sailboat ever. 

The Big C, Andrew Bedwell's 3 foot long boat he's racing around the world.Attempting a New World Record in the World's Smallest Boat

In May, Brit Andrew Bedwell is attempting the World Record Atlantic crossing in the shortest boat, ever The current record is held by American Hugo Vihlen in a boat that is just over 5 ft long. Bedwell’s boat, The Big C, is only 3 ft long… and he is doing the crossing completely unsupported.

Andrew's boat will carry Start SoftwareAlpha Tracker and Alpha Legal/Alpha Portal branding on the side pods.

The Big C performed well in its first sea trials off Whitehead.

Raising Money for Cancer 

Bedwell is raising money for cancer charities. He's named his 3-foot boat The Big C, and titled his effort The “Big C” Atlantic Challenge. You can follow his effort on his Facebook page: The Big C Atlantic Challenge.

Help Bedwell Cure Cancer

You can support Bedwell's effort to raise money for cancer research by contributing to his BigC Challenge GoFundMe Page. 

Successful Sea Trials Last Week

On Friday, members of the Start Software Team joined Bedwell off the Irish coast for the first sea trials of his new boat. You can read about Friday's sea trials off Whitehaven and catch future updates on Bedwell's efforts on the Start Software's Big C Atlantic Challenge Blog.

sailor's image

Watch An Interview with Andrew Bedwell

Robin Bennett, Director of Start Software, recently interviewed Bedwell about his effort to raise money for cancer research, The Big C, and the challenges he'll face on his sail. Bedwell says the previous world record-holding boat is "like a living room" compared to his smaller boat. You can watch the full interview here.

Please consider contributing to Bedwell's fundraising effort and help Start Software spread the word!

(While Bedwell is limited on the tech he can take with him on the journey, rumor has it that Alpha Anywhere may be joining him for the trip on his smartphone. Stay tuned for updates! The Journey starts in May.)

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Amy Groden-Morrison
Amy Groden-Morrison

Amy Groden-Morrison has served more than 15 years in marketing communications leadership roles at companies such as TIBCO Software, RSA Security and Ziff-Davis. Most recently she was responsible for developing marketing programs that helped achieve 30%+ annual growth rate for analytics products at a $1Bil, NASDAQ-listed business integration Software Company. Her past accomplishments include establishing the first co-branded technology program with CNN, launching an events company on the NYSE, rebranding a NASDAQ-listed company amid a crisis, and positioning and marketing a Boston-area startup for successful acquisition. Amy currently serves as a Healthbox Accelerator Program Mentor, Marketing Committee Lead for the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge Launch Smart Clinics, and on the organizing team for Boston TechJam. She holds an MBA from Northeastern University.

The Alpha platform is the only unified mobile and web app development and deployment environment with distinct “no-code” and “low-code” components. Using the Alpha TransForm no-code product, business users and developers can take full advantage of all the capabilities of the smartphone to turn any form into a mobile app in minutes, and power users can add advanced app functionality with Alpha TransForm's built-in programming language. IT developers can use the Alpha Anywhere low-code environment to develop complex web or mobile business apps from scratch, integrate data with existing systems of record and workflows (including data collected via Alpha TransForm), and add additional security or authentication requirements to protect corporate data.