The Van Isle 360 International Yacht Race is pleased to welcome Longwood Brewery as the official beer sponsor for this year’s race.
What makes the sponsorship unique is the beer that will be served at most of the stops around the Island. Longwood Brewery has partnered with Royal Canadian Marine Search And Rescue (RCMSAR is a charity that raises funds for vessels and equipment to help keep volunteer crews safe) to brew “Squall”, a great tasting community sourced lager. A portion of the proceeds from the sales will go to the local RCMSAR station.
The idea was formed by RCMSAR 27 in Nanaimo, where Station Leader Michel Morin is actively involved in fundraising. “We saw this as a great opportunity to raise funds for our Station” said Morin, “and we approached RCMSAR 29 in Ladysmith to see if they would be interested as well.” John Davis, president of the Ladysmith Marine Rescue Society, the fund-raising arm of Station 29 agreed. “We are thrilled to be involved with this initiative, and Squall will be available in pubs and restaurants in Chemainus and Ladysmith.”
Recognizing that the Van isle 360 has been a strong partner of RCMSAR, Morin approached the race organizers about them possibly working with Longwood Brewery to let other RCMSAR Stations benefit from the program. “We see this as a unique opportunity for Longwood Brewery to be involved with RCMSAR, a great volunteer organization with approximately 1,000 active members in British Columbia.” said Tracy McLean of Longwood Brewery, “all of the ingredients for Squall are grown and sourced on Vancouver Island, making this an Obsessively Local Beer.”
Squall beer will be featured at the opening reception of the Van Isle 360 in Nanaimo, the welcoming reception at Compass Adventures in Comox, the Riptide Pub in Campbell River, the Killer Whale Cafe and Old Saltery Pub in Telegraph Cove, the Winter Harbour Bar-B-Que, the Ucluelet Chamber of Commerce Bar-B-Que and at Royal Victoria Yacht Club.