Atlantic row brothers help Ardnamurchan Distillery celebrate fifth anniversary

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Three whisky-loving brothers who are gearing up to tackle an epic 3,000 mile row across the Atlantic helped Ardnamurchan Distillery celebrate its fifth anniversary.

MacLean siblings Ewan, Jamie and Lachlan stopped off at a party recently arranged by the distillery to thank the community for its support.

The trio’s stopover came during a 200-mile practice session up the west coast in preparation for their participation in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge which is due to set off from the Canaries in December..

The three brothers, collectively known as team Broar, were guests of honour at the Ardnamurchan Distillery celebration.

The sun shone, around 75 people attended and approximately £1,600 was raised for their charities whilst helping to celebrate five years since Ardnamurchan Distillery opened.

Speaking after the event, Alex Bruce, managing director of Adelphi Distillery Limited, said: ‘It was an honour to have the brothers here with us to help celebrate. They are so committed to what they are doing. It was a natural fit for us – perfect synergy.’

The Atlantic rowing challenge was created by Sir Chay Blythe in 1997 and became an annual event in 2015.

Known as the hardest rowing challenge in the world, this year there are 40 ‘teams’ of between one and five people taking part.

Each boat will battle it out through 20-foot waves, sleep deprivation and salt sores for about 50 days to be the first one to cross the finishing line in Antigua although for most simply completing the gruelling journey is prize enough.

As sons of Charles MacLean, one of the foremost experts on whisky worldwide, the brothers grew up in a world of whisky, so to participate in a whisky sponsored event seemed an obvious choice.

Ewan, Jamie and Lachlan have always been close and wanted to undertake something significant together.

They share a love of music and are accomplished musicians in their respective instruments of guitar, pipes and accordion.

Mr Bruce said: ‘There was this incredible moment when the boys were playing tunes together and shafts of late evening sunlight were filtering in through the warehouse doors. It was magical.’

Charles MacLean, who has been linked to Ardnamurchan Distillery since its inception as one of the founding directors of Adelphi Distillery Limited, was also a guest at the Ardnamurchan celebration and is clearly proud of the incredible feat his sons are about to undertake.

Broar is supporting two charities, Feedback Madagascar, www.feedbackmadagascar.org, and Children 1st, www.children1st.org.uk.

Feedback Madagascar was created nearly 30 years ago by Jamie Spencer OBE from Craignish. The project has helped bring clean water to 46,000 people, created 86 schools to provide 12,000 children with an education and planted one million trees to help protect endangered forests and lift 50,000 people out of poverty, mainly in the most remote areas of the country.

Children 1st aims to prevent abuse and neglect, to protect children and keep them safe from harm.

The brothers hope to raise £250,000 to be shared between the two charities.

 

Ewen, Jamie and Lachlan MacLean entertain visitors to Ardnamurchan Distillery, in front of their Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge rowing boat.

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