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18 October 2009

The Big Boats in Hamble Celebrate with Wight Vodka

Hamble, England

The Hamble River Sailing Club continued with the long-standing tradition of putting on a fantastic Winter Series weekend, with the Big Boats enjoying a great day of racing on Saturday.

Jenny Shawcroft, the energetic Club Secretary at the Hamble River Sailing Club, was on hand to ensure a smooth running event off the water. “Working with Ritu (Manocha) and the team at 50° North definitely added to the enjoyment of this weekend’s series. The Wight Vodka ‘red caps’ for the class winners went over very well, and there as a hearty “hooray” from the crew of Jammy Dodger when the trophy and bottle of Wight Vodka was handed to Neil Martin, the skipper. Capping the weekend off by serving the Winter Wight cocktail also went down very well!”

Hamble Team

On the water, under the Race Direction of Jamie Wilkinson, IRC class, Neil Martin’s J-133 Jammy Dodger maintained her domination with two more firsts, with Gary Shaffer and Peter Jackson’s Assassin and Ian Matthews Jinja grabbing a win each in races two and four. In the Level Racing 45 foot class all six Farr 45 entries were at the start line, and it was Jerry Otter’s Werewolf and Stewart Whitehead’s Rebel showing best form in the moderate conditions. Shaun & Emily Frohlich’s Exabyte Four had seemed the early series favourite, but their points advantage was gradually eroded by Werewolf, and she clinched the overall trophy by three points.

Ritu Manocha, owner of 50° North, the company behind the Wight Vodka brand, said “Congratulations to the winning teams of each class and to those who enjoyed the Winter Wights. We’ve been asked how to make a great Winter Wight, so here’s our recipe. Enjoy!”

The Winter Wight

  • One shot Wight Vodka
  • Three shots Cloudy Apple Juice
  • Splash of Triple Sec
  • Cinnamon

The Winter Wight is best enjoyed when coming off the water on a cold, rainy, nasty day! Pour the Wight Vodka, cloudy apple juice and triple sec into a clean pan and slowly heat on a stove. When it begins to steam, pour into your favourite cup, add a dash of cinnamon and enjoy with friends and competitors while discussing the day’s action.

About The Hamble River Sailing Club

Hamble River Sailing Club is located on the west bank of the River Hamble, upstream of Hamble Point Marina and downstream of the public jetty. Throughout the year, the active club hosts RYA sailing and powerboat instruction as well as many regattas from dinghy and XOD classes to SB3s and big boats. The club has changing rooms, catering facilities, a bar and a history of regional, national and Olympic successes. For more information on the Hamble River Sailing Club, visit www.hambleriversc.org.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.

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