For the first time Old Pulteney, one of the world’s finest and most distinctive Single Malt Scotch Whiskies, has entered a yacht in the Clipper 2013-14 Round the World Yacht Race. The yacht, which is part of the 12 newly designed Clipper 70 fleet is lead by skipper Patrick van der Zijden – known as the ‘flying Dutchman’.
Old Pulteney's decision to sponsor a yacht in the Clipper Race is rooted our whisky's strong maritime heritage and long standing involvement with sailing. Clipper Race Founder and Chairman, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston christened the boat with Old Pulteney 12 Year Old on the 28th of August 2013 ahead of its maiden voyage and remarked:
When I set sail for my historic circumnavigation back in 1968, on board were 12 bottles of whisky and homemade fruitcake. Old Pulteney have a great history of supporting sailing and we look forward to toasting our successes with them as we travel around the globe. We are extremely pleased to welcome our new Team Sponsor, Old Pulteney on board for the Clipper 2013-14 Race.
The crew is made up of men and women from all walks of life – from retired engineers to taxi drivers to housewives – who give up their normal lives to train and take on the adventure of a lifetime. As Scotland’s soul entry in the race we are proud to note that Scots, Adam Nunn from Dundee and Charles Slater, who originates from Orkney joined multi-national Old Pulteney crew from a total of twelve different countries – the UK, the US, Australia, Brazil, Canada, the Netherlands, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Portugal and Spain.