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What is the connection between Kilchoman Distillery and Professional Sailing?

February 23, 2022

Kilchoman Sponsorship

We are delighted to be entering our sixth consecutive year of sponsoring Alan Roberts, a professional sailor who has been rising up the ranks to become one of the best short handed sailors in the world.

Sailing has always been something that both Anthony and Kathy Wills have enjoyed themselves.  Did you know that Anthony has in fact sailed around the world!  Anthony feels very passionate about supporting something you enjoy yourself hence his continued partnership with Alan Roberts.

Alan Roberts, skipper du Figaro Seacat Services, lors de la 1ere étape de la Solitaire du Figaro 2021 entre Saint Nazaire et Lorient – en mer le 24/08/2021

Who is Alan Roberts?

Competing in the highly professional and competitive Figaro Class, Alan has gained vast amounts of experience through hard time spent on the water resulting in multiple podiums and winner of the VIVI Trophy for top International in the Figaro class, ranking amongst the best in the world.

Having sailed a variety of dinghy classes, sports boats and keelboats where he has gained a reputation for being a hard worker with a very focused, methodical mindset. This has led him to five UK National Championship titles, two Endeavour Champion of Champions wins in the UK.

Alan’s Ambition

Alan’s ambition is to compete in the 2024 Vendée Globe following in the footsteps of previous Vendée Globe Winners through the Figaro class he hopes to compete for the top step of the podium to become the first non-French winner of the event.​

Sailing Background

Seven seasons in Figaro class since 2014

Over 50,000 miles Solo offshore

Top results in Figaro

  • VIVI Trophy Winner ‘First International’ x 2
  • Best Solitaire du Figaro leg result 3rd
  • Best Championship du France en Solitaire 8th 

Figaro podiums

  • Solo Concarneau 2nd & 3rd
  • Solo Normandie 3rd
  • Solo Maître CoQ 2nd
  • Solitaire du Figaro Etap 3 2021 3rd
  • Tour du Bretange Etap 2 & 7 2nd
  • Solitaire du Figaro prologue 1st, 2nd & 3rd
  • Tour du bretange prologue 1st
  • Bouée Radio France x 2

Click here to find out more about Alan and to follow his journey




Loch Gorm 2024 is here!

The much-anticipated annual launch of Loch Gorm is finally here!  Named after the famously dark, peaty loch overlooked by the distillery, our annual Loch Gorm limited edition is our only regular expression matured entirely in oloroso sherry casks. The 2024 edition was distilled in 2014 and matured in oloroso sherry…

April 22, 2024