“I took some Smoky Barrel Jerky with me during an expedition to climb Mount Everest. It was a delicious addition to my expedition snacks and helped to keep me fuelled all the way to the summit and back” Scott Webster – WMCI Mountain Guide and IPGA polar guide

Smoky barrel jerky sails around the world!

Not only has our humble jerky been to Everest, it is now currently sailing around the world as well! 

In July this year, we were contacted by Randy Cook, an American who was looking to supply the captain on board one of the Ocean globe race (OGR) boats with enough jerky for the race, a 27,000-mile sprint around the globe. 

The criteria was that the jerky had to had to have an ambient shelf life of at least 8 months and be safe in a harsh, maritime environment. We usually pack in bio-degradable packaging with a shelf-life of 3 months, but in these special circumstances advised we could supply in our water-proof plastic packaging providing a years shelf-life

The Captain in question is a friend of his, Mark Sinclair who as of the 10th September is currently on his 3rd round the World sailing race on the Sayula class ship “Explorer”. 

He is known as “Captain Coconut” after single handedly circumnavigating the World in 2018 in the “Coconut” during the Golden Globe Race (GGR) taking 332 days. He says he gets around the World on two things: Tea and of course, beef jerky! 

The OGR started on and will finish at the Ocean village Marina in Southampton. This year marks the 50th anniversary of a fully crewed retro race in the spirit of the 1973 Whitbread Round the World Race, (Named after its initiating sponsor, Whitbread brewers). It is spread across four legs, taking in the Southern Ocean and the three great Capes, no technology is allowed, just Sextants, team spirit and raw determination.  The original course was designed to follow the route of the square riggers, which had carried cargo around the World during the 19th Century.

To find out more about this fascinating race go to: https://oceangloberace.com/   

Featured image of OGC start taken by: www.pplmedia.com

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