As long standing supporters of yacht racing, Mount Gay Rum is pleased to be announce it’s partnership with this hot high performance one design class racing on the South Coast of England this summer. Known for being as much fun off the water as on the water, the Cape 31 Class is the perfect match for Mount Gay Rum.
Mount Gay will launch the partnership at Round 1 on Saturday 20th May with Aprés Sail party at the base in Hamble. With limited edition Cape 31 Red Caps, the Cape 31’s and Mount Gay will be painting the Solent red this summer. With 25 teams entered so far it’s set to be the biggest ever Cape 31 fleet after the 21 boat National Championship in September 2022.
Mount Gay has a strong connection with the sailing community and is a favorite amongst the sailing community. From a thirst-quenching Black Barrel daiquiri after the race to a Mount Gay XO on the rocks at the Captain’s briefing, Mount Gay Rum brand is always present. George Neep, Mount Gay Brand Manager (UK) says, “ Sailing has been part of Mount Gay’s DNA for many years and is now firmly embedded in the sailing community culture. We are very proud to be continuing to collaborate within this sport and sponsor this prestigious and growing class of boats and look forward to many more years of partnership.”
To complement the Class Partnership, Mount Gay will also support Cape 31 team “Khumbu” owned by Guy Gillon. Khumbu will illuminate the sky with the iconic red with their Mount Gay branded Spinnakers and on the boat with its red and black color scheme and team kit. As an added incentive to win, winners will be gifted a special limited edition 40th anniversary red cap to add to their collection.
Tor Tomlinson Cheney, Cape 31 Class/31 North manager said,
“We could not be more excited to be partnering up with Mount Gay Rum. The synergy of the two brands is perfect - sailing and rum go hand in hand and the Cape 31 Class is passionate about creating a fun competitive community that goes beyond the race course.”
About Mount Gay
Mount Gay is the world’s oldest running rum distillery established in 1703. Founded and still located in the Parish of St Lucy, at the northernmost tip of Barbados, Mount Gay is crafted using pure, coral-filtered water and the finest Barbadian and Caribbean molasses.
Distilled in traditional double copper pot and copper column stills, Mount Gay rums are aged in a diverse selection of casks including American whiskey, Bourbon and Cognac. Harnessing over 300 years of heritage and expertise, Mount Gay rums are a fine balance between science, art and innovation. Blended by Master Blender Trudiann Branker and aged under the influence of Barbados’ tropical climate, our rums highlight a unique, rich and flavorful character.
Mount Gay’s core range includes, Mount Gay Eclipse, Mount Gay Black Barrel and Mount Gay XO alongside the annual limited-edition collection The Master Blender Collection. In addition to crafting the world’s oldest rum, Mount Gay is committed at all times to the use of sustainable and transparent practices in order to realize our vision of environmental stewardship and carbon neutrality.
For more information on our rum and to explore more about what we do for our community and the planet, visitwww.mountgay.com
Cape 31 Class
The Cape 31 is a Grand Prix high performance 31 foot race boat. The boat was masterminded by Lord Irvine Laidlaw, designed by Mark Mills and is now built by licensed boat builder Cape Performance Sail Ltd. in Cape Town. The fleet began in Cape Town and numbers have skyrocketed since the first boat came to the UK in 2020. With over 60 boats on the order books the Class is building quickly and making for some awesome one design racing. The aim of the Cape 31 Class is to run fun, competitive and affordable racing in a professional and fair way, with a friendly vibe on and off the water. The class aims to be as fun off the water as it is on the water with great parties and socials for crews to enjoy.