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11 November 2014

The Starting Gun Fires for Wight Vodka’s 2014 Favourite Yachting Bar Competition

London, England

With five years’ of winners taking center stage, Wight Vodka’s 2014 Favourite Yachting Bar competition is now tacking and gybing to the starting line!  With such venerable establishments being ranked in the top position including the Peter Café Sport in the Azores as the World’s Favourite in 2009, the Soggy Dollar on Jost Van Dyke in the BVI as the winner in 2010, IYAC in Newport, Rhode Island as the Favourite in 2011, the Sint Maarten Yacht Club in 2012 and the One Bar Playa Blanca (pictured) in Lanzarote, Spain last year, we are asking the world’s sailors to again put some ‘deep thought’ into this year’s competition.

Dan Hiza, the entrepreneur behind 50° North and Wight Vodka, said “As the days get shorter (here in the UK) and we think of pulling our boats for the winter, we kick-off the favourite yachting bar competition, taking minds off the season’s end!  Every year we get more and more entries from the yachting fraternity, and as we read through the thousands of submissions to choose ‘the one,’ some of the stories are absolutely priceless.  Our favourite comments over the years include:

  • “This place is known as the drinking bar with a yachting problem.”
  • “High spring tides actually flood the bar.”
  • “I perfected the art of taking upside-down Wight Vodka shots there.”
  • “Even managed to have a bigger bar bill then my Dad (and he then paid it!).”
  • “Oh…it’s where I met both my husbands.”

If through your foggiest of memories you can spin a great tale of your favourite bar, please enter your submission now on http://scuttlebutteurope.com/sailors-bars.  The submission deadline is Monday December 1st.  It is encouraged that you pontificate on the reasons for your love affair, including as much commentary on the atmosphere, the people, the food, and of course the after racing drinks.  Poetic license is appreciated!

Dan continues, “From all of the submissions, we then choose the top 10 bars which are put forward for the online voting from Saturday the 6th December to Monday the 29th December.  We announce the winner on the 31st December and similar to years past, the Wight Vodka crew calls each of the winning bars on New Year’s Eve to congratulate them!  It’s a great occasion to ring in the New Year. May the best bar win!”

About Scuttlebutt Europe

Scuttlebutt Europe is the definitive marketing and news channel for the world’s yachting fraternity.  Providing daily updates on regattas and results both online and direct to your email, if you would like to receive Scuttlebutt Europe’s news feed please see their website on www.scuttlebutteurope.com.  Also, please vote for this year’s favourite yachting bar on http://scuttlebutteurope.com/sailors-bars.

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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