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26 May 2014

Poole Regatta Winners Celebrate with Wight Vodka

Poole, England

Fabulous weather and generous breezes (of course combined with the highly sought after bottles of Wight Vodka to the winners!) resulted in an awesome competitive spirit throughout the 2014 Poole Regatta.

The 180 boat fleet competed in 18 classes over the course of the holiday weekend, from J70s to J80s, XODs to Redwings, IRC1 to Quarter Tonners.  At the end of the three days, the bar was open, the sun was shining and it was Ian Atkins’ J70 who came out winning the top prize and taking home the Wight Vodka bottles and custom regatta caps.  Generous trophies were also presented to the podium finishers from the organising clubs in Poole, as this was the most competitive regatta we have seen in the years the event has taken place.  The following skipper’s and their yachts take line honours:

IRC1           Jim Macgregor’s Premium Flair
IRC2           Stephen Tiernan’s Ruthless
IRC3           Richard Freemantle’s Chablis
MOCRA      Phil Cotton’s Buzz
VPRS          Iain Lamey’s Moondance II
PHHS         Nathan Cordy’s Dream On
Quarter Ton Tom Hill’s Runaway Bus
J70             Ian Atkins’ Boats.com
J80             Patrick Liardet’s Aqua-J
J24             Duncan McCarthy’s Madeleine
Sonata       Joe Cross’s Presto
Shrimper    Philip Atha’s Isolde
R19            Nicky Macgregor’s Rubber Duck
XOD           William McNeill’s Lara
Redwing     Andy Pearce’s Rosetta
Flying 15     Chris Gorringe’s Leap of Faith
2.4m           Simon Hill’s Miss Ionary


Dan Hiza, co-owner of 50° North, the company behind Wight Vodka, said “Congratulations to the winning teams of each class! Since its inception in 2000, the Poole Regatta has gone from strength-to-strength.  Wight Vodka has supported the organizers over the years, and we’re happy that the Poole Yacht Club and the Parkstone Yacht Club pour Wight Vodka as their sole top-shelf brand.  Keep it up!”

About the Poole Regatta

The Poole Regatta is held bi-annually and is organised by the main yacht clubs in and around the beautiful waters surrounding Poole Harbour.  The next regatta will be held in 2016, and for more information getting your yacht and crew involved, please visit www.poolergatta.co.uk.

About 50° North

50° North are the creators of Wight Vodka.  The company’s spirit and enthusiasm for the ocean, coupled with the centuries-old regatta traditions of the Isle of Wight (and of course a full appreciation of superior vodka!) culminated in the creation of the world’s smoothest, 42% ABV potato-based vodka.  One sip of Wight Vodka will make a believer out of the most discerning connoisseur, and the company welcomes your joining a unique and elite class.  www.wightvodka.com.  Tack & Gybe Responsibly.

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