Gay Rum is now
an official partner to the United Kingdom Sailing Academy (UKSA), the worlds premier sailing academy.
Formed in 1987, the UKSA has forged a reputation throughout the world
for being a centre of excellence in training both experienced and novice
sailors in a variety of skills. With many outpost in
the Caribbean, they are very involved in the
evolution of Caribbean Sailing.
Rum sponsor over 110 regattas globally- 18 of these in the Caribbean,
providing much needed financial support to events that test sailors of all
abilities, while the UKSA provides a variety of training, support and financial
impetus for all its members.
Gay Rum, the sailor’s drink of
choice for over 300 years, now joins the UKSA in support of its latest high
profile, and highly worthy project, the renovation of Gipsy Moth IV.
Skippered by the intrepid sailor Sir Francis Chichester,
Gipsy Moth IV made history between 1966-67 by completing the fastest circumnavigation of the
globe by a small vessel, in the time of 274 days. Starting from
Plymouth, and stopping off at Sydney and back via Cape Horn,
Gipsy Moth IV’s daring journey captured
the public’s heart and attention in much the same way Ellen MacArther’s record breaking round the world trip has
today. Sadly, this icon of sailing has, over time fallen into disrepair, and it
is this that has spurred the UKSA, along with help from Mount Gay Rum, the
Academy’s other partners and the sailing community as a whole, to refit
the ship ready for a commemorative 40th anniversary journey around
The Gipsy Moth is also
scheduled to visit the Caribbean during its trip around the world- with stops
planned in Antigua and Barbados
during the Christmas period.
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