Yacht race gets a yo ho ho and a bottle of Alnwick Rum

A specialist drinks company has re-established the link between the jewel in the county’s yacht-racing season and its original home town.

Spirit of Northumberland – which produces Alnwick Rum – is sponsoring a new race at the Royal Northumberland Yacht Club (RNYC) Blyth Regatta this Sunday, which will see vessels make a dash from the port to Alnmouth and back.

The company’s chairman, former Royal Navy Vice-Admiral Rory Mclean CB OBE, is also flying from London to present the prize, a model of a yacht and bottles of Alnwick Rum, to the winning crew.

Fellow Spirit of Northumberland director, David Ainsley, said: “This came about because there has always been a connection between rum and the sea, and we wanted to celebrate that, along with our local connections.

“Historically, RNYC was originally based at Alnmouth for the ‘yachties’ of Alnwick and moved to Blyth after Alnmouth’s harbour was a casualty of a great storm during the 1800’s. We really wanted to re-establish the link between the club and its home town, so to speak, so we contacted the Commodore and suggested we collaborate on something which would celebrate both our organisations.

“They were very warm to the idea of us sponsoring a race and we’re delighted as, even though RNYC is now well-established in Blyth, we will always think of it as our home club.”

Spirit of Northumberland will also launch the Percy Warmer cocktail – a mix of Alnwick Rum and green ginger wine – at the event, with a tasting session on Saturday.

The Alnwick Rum Run will make the last of a three race series and is only for the white sail class yachts entered in the regatta event, as it is not a stand-alone event.

The first race of the weekend is at 1.30pm on Saturday and there will be a fancy dress beach party theme during the day.