Cornish spirits brand Mainbrace is running a competition, in celebration of King Charles III coronation in May
Mainbrace, an award-winning family-owned spirits company, based in Helford Passage, is running a competition for Mainbrace fans to win a trip to London over the weekend of the coronation of King Charles III. They want to encourage rum and gin drinkers to ‘splice the Mainbrace’ in celebration of the new king.
‘Splice the mainbrace’ is a naval term for an important celebration or victory and was always accompanied with the toast ‘The King – God Bless Him’ or ‘The Queen – God Bless Her’. For the first time in 70 years, we can raise a glass to our new king
Entrants can only participate with a purchase of Mainbrace. Customers can do so by either purchasing a Mainbrace drink at an eligible Cornish pub or retailer, filming themselves drinking Mainbrace or ‘splicing the Mainbrace’ in a local pub or at home and uploading to the page to be entered. Alternatively, a bottle of Mainbrace can be purchased from the Mainbrace website and a link will be sent to the competition page where entries can be uploaded.
The competition will be live on the 6th of February, and the final draw will be conducted on the 3rd of April. The winner will be treated to a trip for two to London, with a 2-night hotel stay in The Tower Hotel, an outing to the Tower of London to view the crown jewels, and an evening dinner at a selected bar or restaurant with travel included.
For more information and terms and conditions of the competition, please visit https://mainbracerum.com/terms-and-conditions/
Launched at the end of 2019, Mainbrace is a family-owned brand based in Helford Passage, Cornwall. The idea to enter the spirits business was sparked on a summer’s day at the Ferryboat Inn in Helford Passage, where the family were watching the local gig rowers celebrating after a race. That spirit of teamwork and celebration inspired them to bottle the moment, and thus, Mainbrace was born. As a family of varied tastes, they wanted to create a Cornish rum that would suit a variety of usage options, fitting perfectly into a refreshing long drink, a sophisticated cocktail, or a drink that could be savoured neat. In the quest for the perfect blend that captured the spirit of the sea, they worked with mixologists in Cornwall and London to experiment with different flavours, eventually setting on a blend of two styles that have never been bottled together before: English Navy Rum from Guyana and Agricole Rhum from Martinique
The name Mainbrace is inspired by the naval term to “splice the mainbrace”, which embodies the spirit of courage, teamwork, and friendship. In the days of sail, the main mast was steadied, or braced, with a thick rope called the mainbrace. If it was cut by enemy fire in battle a team of naval ratings (sailors) had to splice the rope back together under enemy fire to save the ship and win the battle. As a reward for successfully achieving this herculean task the captain would order the ship’s pusser (purser) to issue a double ration of rum to the team of ratings as a toast to victory.
To ‘splice the mainbrace’ inevitably became a naval euphemism for an important celebration and was always accompanied with the toast ‘The King – God Bless Him’ or ‘The Queen – God Bless Her.’
Mainbrace therefore embodies the spirit of celebrating a victory, no matter how big or small. As the spirit of the sea, it is the essence of the sea, the ethos of maritime life, and a drink most associated with the sea.