Ross Edgley and Sir Chris Hoy embark on Race for the Sea

On World Ocean Day, world-famous athletes Ross Edgley and Sir Chris Hoy will race to the shores of Talisker Distillery, Isle of Skye, in a wild challenge to raise awareness for Talisker’s ongoing work with Parley for the Oceans.

On this year’s World Ocean Day (8 June 2023), long-distance swimmer Ross Edgley will challenge Scotsman and one of the most successful Olympic cyclists of all time, Sir Chris Hoy, to the first ever ‘Race For The Sea’. 

The race will unfold across Loch Harport, on the Isle of Skye. The challenge will see the two athletes from different sporting fields race to the finish line, on the shores of the Talisker Distillery, Hoy cycling across the rugged outskirts of Loch Harport while Edgley will swim the wild waters of the loch. 

The athletes are united in their mission to raise awareness of ocean conservation, and to celebrate the launch of a new limited-edition release Talisker x Parley: Wilder Seas Single Malt Scotch Whisky. 

All in the name of ocean conservation (and whisky)

The new whisky, Talisker x Parley: Wilder Seas Single Malt Scotch, is the first product collaboration between Talisker and non-profit ocean conservation organisation Parley for the Oceans. 

Talisker is donating £3 from every bottle made to Parley initiatives that support ocean protection and preservation. Donations will support three key ocean conservation projects in Scotland, South Africa and Chile, continuing the organisation’s dedicated passion and connection to the sea through meaningful work and protecting it for years to come.

“I am beyond excited to take on this epic challenge against the legend that is Sir Chris Hoy, in the name of ocean conservation,” said Edgley. “Talisker’s inspiring work with Parley for the Oceans is so important for marine ecosystems and what better way to celebrate the partnership’s [new whisky]… than with a Race for the Sea at Talisker’s home in Loch Harport. May the best man win!”

Photos: Alison White.

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Jo is the Gear Editor for Outdoor Swimmer and also writes news and features for the website. A keen open water swimmer and long-distance walker, she loves seeking out lakes and lidos close to her home in the Mendip Hills, Somerset. She is the author of The Slow Traveller, editor and founder of independent magazine, Ernest, and has previously tested outdoor clothing and kit for BBC Countryfile Magazine, BBC Focus and Ernest Journal.