Whisky’s band of brothers

Whisky’s band of brothers

Charity trio brave Atlantic elements warmed by family values

News | 17 Dec 2019

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A team of three brothers from Edinburgh, and sons of the renowned whisky writer Charlie Maclean, with a shared passion for adventure, sport and music, are hoping to complete the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, which began this month in the Canary Islands and finishes in Antigua around 3,000 miles later, completely unsupported, and raise money and awareness for charities Feedback Madagascar & Children 1st.

The trio have received sponsorship from various quarters, with the latest coming on board from McLaren Packaging.

This challenge is the pinnacle of a lifetime shared in competition and brotherhood

The Port-Glasgow headquartered whisky packaging company, headed by brothers Donald and Michael McLaren, has announced its sponsorship of the bold bid by Ewan, Jamie and Lachlan MacLean to be the first three brothers and the youngest trio to row the Atlantic in the world’s toughest race.

Michael McLaren, sales and marketing director, McLaren Packaging, said: “We are a family-business and, as such, are delighted to lend our support to this bold endeavour to win the world’s toughest race. The personal connection underlying our sponsorship is that the MacLean brothers are the three sons of celebrated whisky historian Charlie MacLean, who helped my late father, and McLaren Packaging founder, pen his autobiography, so it is only fitting that we should lend our support to this exciting venture.”

“We are thrilled to secure this support from a fellow brotherly venture in McLaren Packaging,” said Lachlan MacLean. “This challenge is the pinnacle of a lifetime shared in competition and brotherhood. It will be an immense shift in perspective and the ultimate test of our characters. Hopefully, we’ll still be talking to each other by the time we arrive in Antigua.”

The brother’s home for the estimated two month voyage will be The R45, the fastest ocean rowing boat in the world. She is 28ft long, 5ft wide, and weighs 940kg with two cabins each measuring 6ft in length.

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