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5th September 2016

Tim Newson: Sweat Sells

At first I thought Tim Newson was bonkers for selling bottles (beautifully hand-blown bottles) of his own sweat. Then I thought Tim Newson was bonkers for for designing and building a machine specifically to allow him to collect his sweat in order to sell it. Turns out, Tim Newson is bonkers because he’s about to spend nine months at sea, sailing around the world. 

You’re expecting me to tell you that this isn’t quite what it sounds like, aren’t you? Well, it is. It is exactly what it sounds like. Professional British sailor (and friend of our brilliant Jess Meyer) Tim Newson is collecting and selling bottles of his own sweat in order to raise money for him to enter and complete The Golden Globe Race, a non-stop, around the globe race last held in 1968. 

Having struggled to find traditional corporate sponsorship for his ambitious challenge, partly due to our turbulent economy and partly due to the fact that the race is somewhat low-tech in its approach, Tim decided to take matters into his own sweat glands and come up with an alternative and, some might say, unique approach to fundraising. Branded as a Labour Exchange, people wanting to support Tim’s challenge will be able to buy the first 100 bottles of (sterilised) sweat later this month, with prices expected to be around £1050 each and 25 vessels already reserved.

Tim’s precious perspiration is collected by a bespoke contraption of his own making that allows him to collect sweat, and only sweat (no condensation here folks). The sweat is then transferred to surprisingly elegant glass bottles, presented in handmade wooden boxes, all accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. Besides, this is a commodity more valuable gold. 

Find out more about The Golden Globe Race here or read Tim’s thoughts on why he has needed to come up with new ways to raise money the race on his blog.

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