Phil Kite’s life changed overnight following a conversation over a garden fence. It led to him rowing on the Tyne, the Thames, off the UK coast and 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean.
Rowers Gin, the adventurous spirit, was inspired by his love of rowing in all its forms and the people he has met along the way, those who do it for fun, for the physical and mental challenge, or for the records.
Rowing, in all its forms, has given Phil so much that he wanted to celebrate the sport by creating Rowers Gin, made from botanicals found on our riverbanks, our coastlines, and the ocean that surround us. A gin reflecting our rowing heritage and our Adventurous Spirit.
2018 - 2019 - Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge – Guinness World Record for the fastest crossing by a Mixed Four in 42 days 10 hours and 26 minutes www.TeamTyneInnovation.com
2022 - 2023 - Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge – Completed in 45 days 1 hour and 54 minutes with Team Emotive in support of Veterans at Ease, the mental health charity. www.team-emotive.co.uk
? – The Northwest Passage Expedition – An attempt to be the first to row the Arctic’s Northwest Passage
Gin has a long association with adventure, especially on water. As far back as 1829 Booth’s Gin was the sponsor of the adventurer John Ross, who took his ship, Victory, to the Arctic.
In the 19th Century the British Navy found themselves traveling across the world to destinations where unfortunately malaria was prevalent. They brought quinine to help prevent the disease and as it tasted awful, Indian Tonic Water was used to make it palatable. Gin accompanied the sailors on these voyages, being in fashion at the time and making a better cargo than beer, as the latter quickly spoiled. Eventually the two liquids were combined to form what is now the classic gin cocktails. Limes were added due to their anti-scurvy properties, thus birthing the term limey, a name for sailors.
It therefore appears appropriate for gin to be the perfect spirit to celebrate the sport and adventures of rowing, whether on a river, off the coast or on an ocean.