British Virgin Islands. Date set for 2006 Pusser's Painkiller windsurfing thriller Print E-mail
Sunday, 09 April 2006
Alastair Abrehart:


Twenty miles of "no pain, no gain" downwind sailing will take place on Saturday, April 29, in the 2006 Pusser's Painkiller Thriller. This windsurfing event in the British Virgin Islands was resurrected for 2005 and takes competitors on a 20-mile downwind ride from Pusser's Marina Cay to Peg Leg Restaurant at Nanny Cay Marina. This year kiteboarders will also be competing in the ultimate showdown between the two similar but rival disciplines. Start time is set for 11.00 a.m.

Last year Scotsman Ewan Anderson emerged victorious in what was described as a "brutal" race. Although obviously breezy at the skippers' briefing, it was not until the leading sailors reached Beef Island Bluff - with 4-6 foot standing waves and winds reaching thirty knots - that they realized the race was going to be one of endurance and survival. Race organiser Owen Waters of Island Surf And Sail described it as "twice as extreme as we'd anticipated" and estimated their average speed at 25-30 miles an hour.

Although no official times were recorded last year - the Pusser's Painkiller Thriller is more about finishing than the time it takes - Ewan finished in about an hour with Owen and Roy Keegan only minutes behind.

A kiteboard instructor will be on hand at Nanny Cay beach post-event for on-the-fly tips and demonstrations. Pusser's Painkillers will be provided to ease the pain at the end of the race and Peg Legs Restaurant will be providing a barbecue on the beach.

Pusser's Rum is the Original Navy Rum that was served onboard ships of the Royal Navy for 330 years. The "single malt of rum" and father of grog, Pusser's Rum is recognized as the world's most rich and full-flavoured rum - and it's all natural, no flavouring agents are used.

Pusser's owes its rich and unique flavour to its distillation in wood. It is the only rum, and as a matter of fact the only spirit, that is still distilled in wood; hand-crafted in the inefficient and costly old way in wooden pot-stills. Pusser's alcohol recovery is a mere 57% in contrast to the 99% or better of modern industrial metal column stills. Today, every other rum comes from modern metal stills that are low on cost and short on flavour. As a result, most popular rum brands today have to add flavouring to increase their taste.

Pusser's was recently chosen by Forbes Magazine as "One of the World's 10 Remarkable Rums", while the Financial Times chose Pusser's as "one of the choice morsels from the enduring and the rare" in its "The Best of Spirits" feature article published on November 18th, 2005. As further testimony to its quality, in the only two prestigious competitions Pusser's has ever entered, it won gold medals at both the International Wine & Spirits Festival, London, 2001, and the Double Gold at the San Francisco World's Spirits Competition, 2003.

For more information on windsurfing in the British Virgin Islands and information on equipment rental for the Pusser's Painkiller Thriller, visit Island Surf And Sail online: http://www.surfandsailbvi.com
Last Updated ( Sunday, 09 April 2006 )
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