Far Shore Merchants is to sponsor this year’s 40th anniversary Peggy Round Mann Yacht Race which takes place on 3rd-4th June 2022 over the extended Jubilee weekend holidays.
The 65 nautical mile circumnavigation of the Isle of Man, organised by the Isle of Man Yacht Club, will start as usual from Port St Mary at 7am with competitors given a 30-hour time limit to complete the course. It is open to any ballasted sailing vessel and is well-known amongst the sailing community for its challenges of tricky tidal conditions as well as unpredictable weather.
This year’s event has been renamed Peggy Round Mann Yacht Race after Far Shore Merchant’s popular brand, Peggy Dark Rum. The rum itself was named in honour of the Isle of Man’s most famous and oldest surviving wooden yacht which sailed the Manx seas in the 18th Century and has been linked to tales of mystery and intrigue in its past life.
Doug Hey, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Far Shore Merchants, said “We are thrilled to support the Round Mann Yacht Race, one of the key events in the Island’s sailing calendar. With many of our products having a nautical theme, it seemed a great opportunity – and a very apt way – to help a local sailing organisation continue a long-held tradition.
“We are looking forward to see a good entry on the day and will be following the race as it progresses. We’ll also be very happy to share a well-deserved tot of Peggy Dark Rum with competitors in the bar at the end of the race!”
Commodore of the Isle of Man Yachting Club Phil Hardisty said, “We are very grateful to Far Shore Merchants for sponsoring our 40th anniversary race and for bringing their PR and marketing experience to the event.
“The Peggy Round Mann Race is unusual in today’s era of competitions as it is more of an offshore “sprint” with its 30-hour time limit. Tidal and weather conditions usually ensure that there is much for teams to consider as they navigate their way around the Island so it is an exciting prospect for yachtsmen and women.
“With the event taking place in the middle of this year’s TT Fortnight, as well over the Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend, we are looking forward to increased numbers of both competitors and spectators.”
DSC01252 – from the left: Terry van Rhyn and Doug Hey – Co-Founders of Far Shore Merchants, Phil Hardisty – Commodore Isle of Man Yacht Club, and Mike Stanton – Vice-Commodore Isle of Man Yacht Club.