Whisky Tasting and
The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge
The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge is known for being one of the toughest races in history and has been since 1997. The other day we were invited to the Zurich Rowing Club on Lake Zurich to try out some Talisker whisky and to meet with the four courageous men who will be taking part in a rowing challenge across the Atlantic in support of underprivileged children in Romania for the “Challenge meets charity” fundraising project.
We were given four different types of whisky and the tasting was accompanied by a flying dinner which consisted of avocado salad, veal with pumpkin puree, baked eggs with spinach and a variety of desserts.
We were able to meet the four valiant rowers and find out a little bit about their story. Yves, Luca, Marlin and Laurenz met during their military service in Isone and they decided to sign up for the Talisker Whisky Atlantic. They are all strong, courageous men with a great survival instinct which will stand them in good stead as they defy storms, high waves, driving rain and even sharks. During this voyage they will have to row round the clock, with each team member alternating every two hours.
It will be a gruelling challenge for which they have been training every day under the supervision of professional athletes and nutritionists and they are aiming to beat the current record for the Talker Whisky Atlantic Challenge which stands at 37 days and 9 hours.
As well as having to be amazing rowers, they also need extremely good navigation skills as well as a good grounding in firs aid knowledge in order to survive the hardest race in the world on the water. It’s a huge distance of almost 5,000 kilometres and the journey is bound to be physically draining, with sleep deprivation, discomfort and the risk of wounds and inflammation being the norm.
In 1966 Sir Chay Blyth and John Ridgeway rowed over the Atlantic Ocean in 92 days for the Atlantic Challenge, encountering hurricanes, huge waves and near starvation along the way.
In fact there is a certain resonance with the race and Talisker Skye Whisky. The whisky is made on the wild and stormy island of Skye and is very similar to the rowing race – close to the sea, rough and isolated.
However, in order for the race to take place there is something very important still missing for this great adventure and our Swiss heroes – namely a boat! They are still raising money for this part of the project and everyone is welcome to join in. By taking part you will be involved in a piece of history in the making and you will also be supporting a unique social project in Romania.
Talisker Whisky is the main sponsor of this unique challenge and if you would like to be a part of this charitable project too please see the website here.
You can also see a short video about the project here.
All photos taken by Carmen Sirboiu