The 36th Pusser's Round Tortola Race is set to take place on Saturday 26 November under the auspices of the Royal BVI Yacht Club. Spinnaker and non-spinnaker classes will cross the start line and last year's winner, Guy ELDRIDGE, will be returning with Mistress Quickly, his Melges 24, to defend his title.
The skippers' meeting will be held at the Royal BVI Yacht Club on 25 November from 18:00 (local time) with Pusser's Rum drinks to ease the registration process. Pusser's goody bags for each entry will contain special Pusser's skipper caps and enamel mugs plus a few added extras from Coors Light.
The non-spinnaker classes will start in Sir Francis Drake Channel off Nanny Cay and then head anti-clockwise around Tortola, finishing at West End. The spinnaker classes will start and finish off Nanny Cay, with the Race Committee deciding whether to send them clockwise or anti-clockwise on the day. The prize giving party will be held at Pusser's Landing, Soper's Hole, at 18:00 where Pusser's Rum ships decanters, flagons and hip flasks will be awarded together with the Pusser's Round Tortola Race perpetual trophy. A pig roast is planned together with the regular Pusser's menu. O2 will kick off the ongoing revelry at 19:00. Pusser's Landing will also be offering $1 off all Pusser's Painkillers and $2 Coors Lights.
Conditions last year in this 35-mile race, although perfect for much of the race, proved trying as the fleet attempted to cross the finish line in Soper's Hole on the west end of Tortola. After the initial beat up the Sir Francis Drake Channel, it was all down hill once the fleet rounded Great Camanoe and ideal conditions for the light Melges 24.
Pusser's Rum, the Original Navy Rum, has sponsored the Round Tortola Race since 1989. 'It's a fun race and like our rum it's starting to get some history to it,'
said Charles TOBIAS, founder of Pusser's West Indies Ltd. 'I like both. They go together.'
Pusser's Rum is the Original Navy Rum that was served onboard ships of the Royal Navy for 330 years. The father of grog, Pusser's Rum is recognized as the world's most rich and full-flavoured rum - and it's all natural, no flavouring agents used. Pusser's was recently chosen by Forbes Magazine as 'One of the World's 10 Remarkable Rums',
while the Financial Times chose Pusser's as 'one of the choice morsels from the enduring and the rare'
in its 'The Best of Spirits' feature article published on November 18, 2005.
As testimony to its quality, in the only two prestigious competitions Pusser's has ever entered, it won gold medals at both the International Wine & Spirits Festival, London, 2001, and the Double Gold at the San Francisco World's Spirits Competition, 2003.
Pusser's owes its rich and unique flavour to its distillation in wood. It is the only rum, and as a matter of fact the only spirit, that is still distilled in wood; hand-crafted in the inefficient and costly old way in wooden pot-stills. Pusser's alcohol recovery is a mere 57% in contrast to the 99% or better of modern industrial metal column stills. Today, every other rum comes from modern metal stills that are low on cost and short on flavour. As a result, most popular rum brands today have to add flavouring to increase their taste. Pusser's retail price is a little higher than mainstream rums because it costs substantially more to produce. But those connoisseurs who prefer Pusser's find the difference well worth it.