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Rolex and yachting                                                                The spirit and philosophy
                                                                   of the sport are in perfect harmony
                                                                    with values that Rolex holds dear:
                                                                         excellence, precision
                                                                               and team spirit

                            The Crown in Sailing
                              Among the sports with which Rolex has partnered for many years,
                              sailing holds a special place. The association dates back to the late
                               1950s and the close ties that bind the company to the world of yachting
                                grow stronger every year.

                                Rolex’s approach to sport is to link with disciplines and events in alignment
                                with its philosophies and ideals, that exemplify its values. In the sport
                                of yachting, the primary associations are with the Maxi Class of yachts,
                                significant offshore races, select championships and classic yacht regattas
                                that unite historic and beautiful vessels.

                                Off the water, Rolex participates in the development of the sport through
                                its support of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), the world
                               governing body, and the annual ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year
                               Awards that recognise male and female sailors who have distinguished
                              themselves over the course of a year.

                             Rolex has also cultivated close relationships with the sport’s best-known
                            yacht clubs, those that organise landmark events and hold traditions that
                           Rolex respects and appreciates. As part of its Testimonee programme Rolex
                          counts a number of exemplary sailors among its ranks; exponents that practise
                         the sport in a spirit and manner universally admired.

                       Through this interaction with yachting, Rolex has become more than a mere sponsor
                     of the sport. It is a true partner.
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Table of contents                                                 32 Rolex and championship yachting
                                                                               34	 Rolex	Farr	40	World	Championship
                                                                                   Sydney, Australia

                                                                                                 36	 Rolex	Swan	Cup
                                                                                                       Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy
4   Rolex and the IMA circuit
              6	 Maxi	Yacht	Rolex	Cup
                 Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy

                                                                  38 Rolex and classic sailing
                                                                               40	 Portofino	Rolex	Trophy
                                  10 	 Rolex	Middle	Sea	Race                       Portofino, Italy
                                         Valletta, Malta

                                                                                                 41	 Les	Voiles	de	Saint-Tropez
                                                                                                       Saint-Tropez, France
             14	 Rolex	Volcano	Race
                 Gaeta – Capri, Italy

                                  18	 Giraglia	Rolex	Cup          42 ISAF and Rolex Testimonees
                                         Saint-Tropez, France –
                                         San Remo, Italy                       44	 ISAF	Rolex	World	Sailor	of	the	Year	Awards
                                                                               	   Puerto Rico

                                                                                                 46	 Spotlight	on	Paul	Cayard

22 Rolex and ocean racing traditions
             24	 Rolex	Sydney	Hobart	Yacht	Race
                 Sydney – Hobart, Australia
                                                                  48 Media and Rolex yachting
                                                                                                 52	 International	media	contacts
                                  28	 Rolex	Fastnet	Race
                                         Cowes – Plymouth,
                                         United Kingdom

                                                                  54 Rolex yachting calendar 2011
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                                         Rolex and
                                              the IMA circuit
                                           Maxi yachts are breathtaking in action. Their size alone is impressive but there is so
             San Remo                    much more to these titans: state-of-the-art technology, crews that include the best sailors
                                         of the day, owners ready to risk their irreplaceable craft on the start-line.
St. Tropez
                                           With yachts over 60-feet, often weighing upwards of 20 tonnes and still able to
                                         accelerate like a dinghy, there is little room for error: precision and timing are crucial.
                                         When everything moves in harmony it is because the finest of skills have combined to
                  Porto Cervo            achieve full potential. That is the magnificence of the Maxi: huge in size yet capable of
                                         surprising agility.
                                            Rolex has been involved with the Maxi class since the early 1980s, when it first became
                                         a partner of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in Sardinia. In 2010, Rolex and the International
                                         Maxi Association (IMA) came together to create an annual championship circuit linking
                                         several Mediterranean events. The culmination will take place each September at the
                                         Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup. The Rolex IMA Championship is typified by excellent racing and
                                         first-class organization in popular ports of call for the Maxi fleet. Success over the season
                                         will take nerves of steel, a sense of adventure and a highly-tuned competitive spirit.

                                Malta      The Rolex IMA Championship is the next step in sailing tradition and the 2010/2011
                                         series will commence with the 2010 Rolex Middle Sea Race in October.

                                                                                                                                         For more information about
                                                                                                                                         the Rolex IMA Championship
                                                                                                                                         please contact:
                                                                                                                                         IMA Race Secretariat
                                                                                                                                         T. +39 3334858385
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       Maxi Yacht
Rolex Cup
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             > Sixdaysofinshoreandcoastal

             Yacht Club Costa Smeralda
             T. +390789902200
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                   High-powered people,
                              high-prestige racing

  For	one	week	in	September,	along	the	Sardinian	“Emerald”	coastline,	the	world’s	most	graceful	and	powerful	          Beyond	Sailing                         A Venue                                   de rigueur and all-pro crew a
yachts	will	cut	through	the	Mediterranean	with	agility,	refinement	and	ease.	The	Maxi	Yacht	Rolex	Cup	unites	                                                    Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, one         pre-requisite. The racing was
some	of	the	most	imposing	yachts	for	a	week	of	intense	competition.	With	a	backdrop	of	raw,	windblown	granite,	        A Setting                              of the most striking yacht clubs          tight. Perfect technique was taken
a	clear	turquoise	sea	and	secluded	beaches,	the	biggest	racing	yachts	in	the	world	will	go	head	to	head	in	pursuit	       Costa Smeralda’s development        anywhere in the world, underwent          for granted. Minor errors were
of	one	of	the	biggest	prizes	in	sailing.	The	first-rate	competition	on	the	water	will	be	complimented	by	an	equally	   was started by HH the Aga Khan         extensive renovations in 2003 led         punished and costly. Windows
impressive	social	calendar	that	includes	the	Rolex	Gala	Dinner	at	Cala	Di	Volpe	Hotel	&	Resort.	Sailing	is	more	       in the 1960s and this designated       by New York architect Peter Marino.       of opportunity were taken fully
than	simply	a	sport,	for	the	passionate	it	becomes	a	way	of	life	and	the	Maxi	Yacht	Rolex	Cup	embodies	all	the	        National Park has since become one     Today, nautical influence can be          or regretted. The final day was a
best	of	this	lifestyle.                                                                                                of the places in the world to visit,   felt throughout the clubhouse, from       showpiece dust-up and the weary
                                                                                                                       famous for attracting the rich and     the long teak floorboards of the          crews at last exhibited signs of
                                                                                                                       celebrated to its five-star hotels     interior which remind one of looking      human frailty with mistakes
                                                                                                                       and glamorous beach resorts. The       down a long deck, to the lookout          creeping in. Alfa Romeo prevailed
                                                                                                                       surrounding sea and Maddalena          over the main bar’s balcony that          in the end having held a narrow
                                                                                                                       archipelago are peppered with rocky    gives one the feeling of floating out     edge throughout the week. Alfa
                                                                                                                       outcrops, islets and islands, known    to sea, the YCCS Clubhouse stands         Romeo’s excellence was rewarded
                                                                                                                       amongst the yachting fraternity as     like a command ship guarding the          with a trophy, but the respect and
                                                                                                                       some of the most entertaining and      harbour. In addition, the club facility   congratulations of her competitors
                                                                                                                       challenging waters in the world.       is also home to the first spa from        was just as inspiring to her crew.
                                                                                                                                                              Acqua di Parma: Blu Mediterraneo,
                                                                                                                                                              known for its wide choice of
                                                                                                                                                              luxurious, personalized treatments.

                                                                                                                                                              A Story
                                                                                                                                                                In 2006, four of the world’s
                                                                                                                                                              most cutting edge Maxis clashed
                                                                                                                                                              on Sardinian waters: Wild Oats XI,
                                                                                                                                                              Course Record holder, Line
                                                                                                                                                              Honours and Overall winner of                             One of the biggest
                                                                                                                                                              the 2005 Rolex Sydney Hobart,
                                                                                                                                                              her near sistership Alfa Romeo II,                       prizes in sailing
                                                                                                                                                              Maximus, Overall winner of the
                                                                                                                                                              2005 Rolex Transatlantic, and
                                                                                                                                                              Morning Glory. All four sported
                                                                                                                                                              the latest thinking in Maxi design
                                                                                                                                                              and construction. Carbon fibre
                                                                                                                                                              was in abundance, canting keels
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Rolex Middle
        Sea Race
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              Royal Malta Yacht Club
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                                                 The crossroads of Europe
            The	Rolex	Middle	Sea	Race	is	the	Mediterranean’s	most	famous	racecourse,	often	mentioned	in	the	same	breath	          Beyond	Sailing                           takes yachts on a partial               A Story
          as	the	Rolex	Sydney	Hobart	and	Rolex	Fastnet	as	one	of	the	"must	do"	events	on	the	yacht	racing	calendar.                                                        circumnavigation of Sicily, within         The world admires those prepared
                                                                                                                                  A Setting                                touching distance of active             to takes risks, to challenge the
                                                  The race was created in 1968 by        of islands and different influential        If ever there was a racecourse that   volcanoes, through the narrow           natural order, to succeed. In 2007
                                                a group of friends living in Malta       weather regimes, the founders shaped     linked the past with the present,        Strait of Messina that saw monsters     George David’s 90-foot Maxi
                                                who wanted to match the test set         a course that has attracted all          myth with historical fact, natural       challenge Odysseus, past scenes of      Rambler, with a seasoned crew
                                                by the other, illustrious 600-nautical   types of sailors, from the Corinthian    beauty with man-made wonders,            immense sea battles, through waters     including skipper Ken Read, twice
                                                mile races. Designing a race track       adventurer to the full professional.     it is this one. Starting from Grand      used by every great trading nation      America’s Rolex Yachtsman of the
                                                featuring four corners, narrow             All participants have one common       Harbour beneath the 16th Century         before returning to an archipelago      Year, took on a weather system of
                                                straits, volcanoes, a myriad             goal: to master this famous challenge.   bastions of Valletta, the course         with ruins dating back 7,000 years.     biblical proportions to snatch an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   amazing treble: Overall victory, Line
      Volcanoes, mythology,                                                                                                                                                A Venue                                 Honours and Course Record. That
                                                                                                                                                                              Just as the Rolex Fastnet and        they had been on the edge through
straits and sea battles                                                                                                                                                    Giraglia Rolex Cup have their           much of the race was etched on the
                                                                                                                                                                           iconic turning marks, so too does       faces of the crew when they crossed
                                                                                                                                                                           this race. The volcanic island of       the finish.
                                                                                                                                                                           Stromboli is often referred to as the      Twenty-four hours into the race,
                                                                                                                                                                           "Lighthouse of the Mediterranean".      two-thirds of the fleet had retired
                                                                                                                                                                           It has been in almost constant          because of the conditions. For
                                                                                                                                                                           eruption for some 20,000 years          Rambler the worst was still to come,
                                                                                                                                                                           and regularly provides spectacular      stalking her off the western tip of
                                                                                                                                                                           night time entertainment for race       Sicily. Preparation was everything.
                                                                                                                                                                           crews. The cone shaped island rises     A drastically reduced sail plan
                                                                                                                                                                           2,000-metres from the sea floor and     established early and before the
                                                                                                                                                                           stands 926-metres above sea level.      storm truly hit was key to survival.
                                                                                                                                                                           It is home to an intrepid 350 people.   When the wind arrived it did so in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   an instant, 40-knots accompanied
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   by waterspouts.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Having prioritised the safety of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   the boat and crew, David and Read
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   were able to contemplate continuing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   racing. That they overcame adversity
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   in style was testament to their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   judgment, the experience of the crew
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   and the preparedness of the yacht.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      By testing themselves so
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   comprehensively, Rambler has
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   forced those that follow in search
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   of the course record to raise their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   game substantially.
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The Essentials
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International Maxi Association

                                          Volcano Race
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     A modern day odyssey
       The	Rolex	Capri	Sailing	Week	has	been	an	opener	for	the	Mediterranean	sailing	season	since	its	creation	in	
     2005.	Each	year,	first-rate	sailors	from	all	over	the	world	gather	on	this	captivating	island	to	race	on	the	Bay	of	
     Naples.	Capri	is	an	historic	Italian	outpost,	rising	nearly	600-metres	from	the	cobalt	blue	sea	and	exhibiting	its	
     own	micro-climate	that	creates	a	unique	sailing	environment	with	spectacular	vistas.

                                                For the 2011 Rolex Capri Sailing       Beyond	Sailing
                                             Week a brand new challenge has
                                             been announced: the Rolex Volcano         A Setting
                                             Race, a 400-nautical mile offshore        Capri’s combination of natural and
                                             race for monohull Maxi yachts             man-made attractions is unique.
                                             that starts in Gaeta, just north of       The small island boasts beautiful
                                             Naples, and takes the fleet around        hills and cliffs that overlook the
                                             two magnificent archipelagos in the       blue water of the Mediterranean,
  A race of challenge
                                             central and southern Tyrrhenian Sea       with Naples and Vesuvius looming
                                             – the Pontine Islands and the Aeolian     in the distance. Capri offers an
and mythology
                                             Islands, including the active volcano     unparalleled view that sweeps
                                             of Stromboli – before returning to        from the island of Ischia to the
                                             the finish off Capri. A race designed     Sorrento Peninsula, taking in the
                                             to take Maxi crews on a journey           entire expanse of the Gulf of Naples.
                                             through the best of the region; a fight   And onshore, with its characteristic
                                             to keep the lead in a place that has      arcades that merge into a labyrinth
                                             been shared and loved for centuries       of narrow alleys that pass churches,
                                             not only by sailors, but emperors,        historic villas, and Roman ruins
                                             politicians, thespians, and glitterati    along the way, Capri works its own
                                             the world over.                           special charm on every visitor.

                                                                                                                               A Venue                                construction by singer Gracie            World Heritage Site and are named
                                                                                                                                 Under a carpet of stars and the      Fields. Today, as always, with           after the Greek demigod Aeolus.
                                                                                                                               sound of the sea, the Rolex Dinner     the romantic backdrop, waterside         Known as the “Keeper of the Winds”
                                                                                                                               and Crew Party is an unforgettable     terraces and traditional, elegant        in The Odyssey, Aeolus graciously
                                                                                                                               evening for the owners and crew        interiors, La Canzone del Mare is        gave Odysseus a leather bag of
                                                                                                                               participating in Rolex Capri Sailing   truly enchanting.                        captured winds and sent him and
                                                                                                                               Week, and what better venue for                                                 his crew home towards Ithica with
                                                                                                                               such an occasion than La Canzone                                                a gentle West Wind. Just as Ithica
                                                                                                                               del Mare (Song of Sea) in the          A Story                                  came into sight on the horizon,
                                                                                                                               Marina Piccola. Thought to be the         The Rolex Volcano Race will           and while Odysseus slept, his crew
                                                                                                                               spot on Capri where the Sirens         take participants on a race through      foolishly opened the bag expecting
                                                                                                                               sang to lure sailors towards the       history. Beginning in Gaeta, crews       to find gold. Instead they released
                                                                                                                               perilous island cliffs, La Canzone     will race south past the Pontine         the winds in a fury that blew their
                                                                                                                               del Mare is one of Capri's most        Islands, across the Tyrrhenian Sea       ship all the way back to Aeolus, who
                                                                                                                               elegant locations. As the closest      and towards the Aeolian Islands,         refused to help the men any further.
                                                                                                                               place to swim near the Faraglioni,     a volcanic archipelago just north           The winner of the Rolex Volcano
                                                                                                                               Capri’s legendary limestone rock       of Sicily, before heading north to       Race will likely be the crew
                                                                                                                               formations, this beach club was        finish the race off Capri. The Aeolian   that treats Aeolus’ gift with the
                                                                                                                               destined for glamour since its         Islands are listed as an UNESCO          greatest respect.
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Giraglia Rolex Cup

                     The Essentials
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                     Yacht Club Italiano
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                                                                                                                           Beyond	Sailing                          A Story                                  enough for Idea to creep home first
                                                                                                                                                                      The Giraglia Rolex Cup has at its     by less than three minutes. Her
                                                                                                                           A Setting                               heart keen rivalry between spirited      crew had succeeded in the greatest
                                                                                                                             The Italian and French Riviera        sportsmen and women enthused             challenge of all: never giving up.
                                                                                                                           need little introduction, having        by the sea. The 2001 distance race         Winning might not be everything,
                                                                                                                           captivated visitors with their          was one where the largest yachts         but it is determined by those that
                                                                                                                           dramatically beautiful coastline        competing made a significant mark.       set demanding standards and
                                                                                                                           for generations. Sailors have           Ten yachts over 70-feet in length        continually strive for excellence.
                                                                                                                           been crossing the Ligurian Sea          participated, all with ambitions of
                                                                                                                           that straddles the two regions          being first to finish. The competition
                                                                                                                           for centuries. Legend even has it       was fierce. At the front the ability
                                                                                                                           that this sea played a part in the      to dodge holes in the wind is far
                                                                                                                           naming of Saint-Tropez. Following       more difficult than further back:
                                                                                                                           the beheading of Saint Torpes, his      you have no one else’s mistakes
                                                                                                                           remains were cast adrift in boat on     to guide you. Shortly before the
                                                                                                                           the River Arno, which flows into the    rock, early race leader Tiketitan
                                                                                                                           Ligurian. The boat eventually came      reported coming to a standstill
                                                                                                                           ashore in France and the name of        and watching three yachts sail
                                                                                                                           the town was born.                      around her. Once at La Giraglia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               An evocation of all
                                                                                                                                                                   these three Maxis rounded within a
                                                                                                                           A Venue                                 thirty-minute window. As the finish
                                                        Tradition, history,                                                   La Giraglia is a huge ridge-backed   approached, the drama increased.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    things Mediterranean

                                                    style & sophistication
                                                                                                                           rock, an extension of Cap Corse.        First the American yacht Sagamore
                                                                                                                           800-metres long, 50-metres wide         was becalmed and left standing.
                                                                                                                           and 60-metres above sea level, it       Then, Italian yacht My Song looked
                                                                                                                           is an exposed and often desolate        to have a comfortable lead, until
                                                                                                                           place. Its strategic and navigational   the weight of her cruising interior
                                                                                                                           importance led to various               began to cost her dear. Raffiole
  The	Giraglia	Rolex	Cup	is	one	of	the	most	renowned	yachting	events	in	the	Mediterranean	and	has	been	a	                  endeavours to secure and then light     Raiola’s Idea paid little heed to
tradition	for	over	55	years.	The	regatta	runs	for	a	full	week	in	June	with	inshore	races	in	the	Bay	of	Saint-Tropez	       the rock. Today, the remains of the     crew comforts. Speed was her
for	the	first	three	days.	On	the	fourth	day	the	distance	race,	‘La	Giraglia’,	starts	from	the	legendary	port	of	Saint-     Genoese Tower built in 1585 and the     essence. Within grasp of the finish
Tropez.	The	primary	target	is	La	Giraglia,	a	rocky	outcrop	at	the	northern	tip	of	Corsica,	at	which	point	the	yachts	      powerful, automated lighthouse are      line, My Song succumbed to the
will	make	their	turn	towards	Italy.                                                                                        testament to the men involved.          challenge, hardly swept aside, but

                                          First held in 1953, the event has         The event is evocative of all things
                                        come a long way from humble              Mediterranean. The ports involved
                                        beginnings. It was founded in a          in the start and finish have always
                                        Paris bistro with noble intentions       been glamorous and alluring:
                                        to prove the fences between France       Cannes, Toulon, Le Lavandou and
                                        and Italy had been mended in the         Saint-Tropez have offered the French
                                        aftermath of World War II.               perspective of style, San Remo
                                        22 yachts led the way, competing         and Genoa the Italian element of
                                        over a course that took the fleet        sophistication. The Giraglia Rolex
                                        from Cannes to San Remo, via La          Cup is an annual rendezvous for
                                        Giraglia. Recent editions attract over   top-flight professionals, Corinthian
                                        200 yachts ranging in size from 30       owners and crew, all with a common
                                        to 120-feet.                             passion for the sea and sailing.
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                  Rolex and ocean
                    racing traditions
                    Ocean racing came to prominence at the beginning of the twentieth century, as yachtsmen discovered the
                  challenge and enjoyment of racing out of sight of land for days at a time. The groundbreaking race in European
                  waters was the Rolex Fastnet Race, first held in 1925. Its 608-nautical mile course from Cowes to Plymouth, via
                  the Fastnet rock off the southwest corner of Ireland, is legendary. Its justly deserved fame and notoriety have
                  spawned a myriad of other similar events.

                    In Australia, the Rolex Sydney Hobart was born in 1945. It has since become one of the sporting icons of the modern
                  era. The 628-nautical mile dash from Sydney to Hobart is no cruise. Just mentioning the Bass Strait, which separates
                  the mainland from Tasmania, is enough to raise hairs on the necks of even the most seasoned sailors.

                    Ocean racing draws on the same exacting qualities as inshore racing, but doubles the demand for
                  endurance and the willingness to pursue the finish through whatever the weather and sea might contrive
                  to throw up in opposition. Executing a precision manoeuvre in the midst of a dark and stormy night,
                  making a race-winning tactical decision after two days without proper sleep; these are the moments
                  that distinguish the winners.


                                                           Fastnet                             Cowes
                                                              24   25

The Essentials
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Cruising Yacht Club of Australia

                                          Sydney Hobart
                                                 Yacht Race
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   26   27

                                         The Christmas institution                                                                                                                                                            A true test
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  of human endurance
  The	Rolex	Sydney	Hobart	is	the	southern	hemisphere’s	answer	to	the	Rolex	Fastnet.	With	more	than	60	years	of	
tradition,	nine	degrees	of	latitude	and	an	estimated	45,000	participants	since	it	began,	it	is	more	than	just	a	yacht	
race;	it	is	an	icon	amongst	sporting	challenges.	More	people	around	the	world	have	heard	of	the	Rolex	Sydney	
Hobart	than	any	other	sailing	event.

                                                                                                                           Every year since 1945 the race         snow falls on Mount Wellington, one     A Story
                                                                                                                         has started on 26 December from          realises just how close 42 degrees         In 2005, Wild Oats XI became the
                                                                                                                         Sydney Harbour. Every year it has        south actually is to the Antarctic.     first yacht to win the treble of Line
                                                                                                                         brought a country to a standstill.         The race is widely regarded as        Honours, Course Record and Overall
                                                                                                                         An audience of 500,000 gathers           one of the toughest tests of            victory since John Illingworth and
                                                                                                                         to witness the start live on shore       seamanship in the sport of sailing.     Rani in the inaugural race. Owner
                                                                                                                         and on the water. The television         Almost every year, heavy weather        Bob Oatley had built his hi-tech
                                                                                                                         audience in Australia alone              conditions are encountered on the       Maxi to win Line Honours. To break
                                                                                                                         matches this. Simply put, the start      course as the fleet heads south. The    the course record was an added
                                                                                                                         of the Rolex Sydney Hobart is the        notoriety of the race comes from its    bonus. To win the Tattersalls Cup
                                                                                                                         single most-watched sailing event        ability to offer up wild conditions     for fastest yacht on handicap was
                                                                                                                         in the world.                            with little warning.                    beyond his wildest dreams.
                                                                                                                           The race is famous for its acts                                                   The win was not simple. A month
                                                                                                                         of human endeavour. Why would            A Venue                                 prior to the start, Wild Oats XI
                                                                                                                         anyone sail south from Sydney in            Bass Strait, nicknamed the           was still in the builder’s yard
                                                                                                                         summer, when better weather and          “paddock”, has a nefarious              being completed. She then had to
                                                                                                                         beaches lie to the north? Therein lies   reputation. It can be dead calm or      overcome her near sistership Alfa
                                                                                                                         the enigma and deep-set challenge        spectacularly rough. The water is       Romeo II, which led in the early
                                                                                                                         that this race presents.                 relatively shallow and the winds        stages of the race. En route, Wild
                                                                                                                                                                  can be fierce: two elements that        Oats had jarring encounters with
                                                                                                                                                                  often come together creating a steep    three sunfish and a shark, and, even
                                                                                                                         Beyond	Sailing                           and difficult sea for yachts. Tragedy   as she closed on the finish, damage
                                                                                                                                                                  struck the 1998 Sydney Hobart           to the mainsail forced her to race the
                                                                                                                         A Setting                                when the worst storm in the history     final 12-miles up the Derwent River
                                                                                                                           December is prime holiday              of the race hit as most of the fleet    under headsail alone.
                                                                                                                         season in Sydney, the waterways          entered, or were already crossing,         It is moments like these that set
                                                                                                                         and beaches are abuzz with crowds        the Strait. Yachts reported winds of    the winners apart: the vision to
                                                                                                                         basking in glorious sunshine and         up to 80-knots and seas of 15-metres,   succeed and the commitment to
                                                                                                                         high temperatures. It is the height      frequently more, as a so-called “Bass   follow it through, whatever the
                                                                                                                         of summer in Hobart too, but when        Strait Bomb” exploded.                  circumstances.
                                         28   29

               The Essentials
               > RolexFastnetRace:August2011
               > 608-nauticalmileoffshorerace:
               > OrganisedbytheRoyalOcean


Fastnet Race
               > Opentomonohullandmultihull
               > ISAFOffshoreSpecialRegulations
               > ClassesincludeIRCHandicapfor

               Royal Ocean Racing Club
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                                                      A legendary experience
          Mention	the	top	offshore	races	in	the	world	and	the	Rolex	Fastnet	will	vie	with	the	Rolex	Sydney	Hobart	for	top		
        spot	in	most	racing	sailors’	answer	depending	upon	which	hemisphere	they	hail	from.	Made	notorious	by	the	
        disaster	that	claimed	15	lives	in	1979,	the	Rolex	Fastnet	has	been	an	institution	since	1925.	Every	yachtsman	worth	
        his	salt	cherishes	a	Fastnet	on	his	sailing	CV.

                                                  The Rolex Fastnet is sometimes        the Mayflower, the Rolex Fastnet
                                                considered three races in one: an       touches the nautical history of the
                                                English Channel leg fraught with        British Isles like few other sailing
                                                complicated tides, the outward          events. Cowes has long been
                                                leg across the Celtic Sea when          regarded as the world’s spiritual
                                                weather tactics are critical and the    home for yacht racing. In 1851 it
                                                return from the Fastnet Rock when       was the scene of the 100 Guinea
     Once raced,                                wayward crews are prone to relax,       Cup won by the yacht America,           setting a granite plinth of 89 courses    freshening westerly winds began
                                                thinking the job done.                  thereby laying the foundations for      of interlocking stones brought from       to push the smaller yachts in the
never forgotten                                   The weather in August is              one of yachting’s greatest prizes:      Cornwall. Originally, the lighthouse      fleet into the Overall reckoning.
                                                dominated by prevailing westerly        the America’s Cup. The Fastnet Rock     was manned by four keepers at             Just after midday on the fifth day of
                                                winds driven by a series of             was the last piece of land seen by      a time; today it is completely            racing the 33-foot Iromiguy, owned
                                                depressions that ride across the        Irish emigrants to the USA and the      automated.                                by Frenchman Jean-Yves Chateau,
                                                Atlantic. It is rare for a Rolex        passengers of the ill-fated Titanic.                                              crossed the line to enter the history
                                                Fastnet not to provide at least one     When the Pilgrim Fathers fled from      A Story                                   books. It was the first time in thirty
                                                blow. The severity and timing often     England to the New World, they left       In 2005, the headlines before           years that a yacht this small had
                                                determine the eventual outcome.         from the Barbican area in Plymouth.     the start were all about rock-star        won on handicap.
                                                  Once raced, this course is never                                              Simon LeBon’s participation on                Iromiguy had a wholly Corinthian
                                                forgotten.                              A Venue                                 Drum and the anticipated match-up         crew, yet had still beaten some of
                                                                                           The Fastnet Rock, located off the    between Wild Thing from Australia         the world’s top ocean racers. She is
                                                                                        south-western tip of Ireland, is a      and Maximus from New Zealand,             testament to the spirit throughout
                                                Beyond	Sailing                          lonely outcrop situated 4.5-nautical    then two of the fastest Maxi racing       the sport of ocean racing. To do well
                                                                                        miles southwest of Cape Clear. It has   yachts in the world. Maximus              it is necessary to possess all the true
                                                A Setting                               had a lighthouse since 1854, but it     prevailed easily in the battle for Line   hallmarks of a sportsman – skill,
                                                   From the birthplace of competitive   was not until 1904 that the present     Honours. Drum retired at The Scillies.    courage and endurance. In sailing,
                                                yachting, to the teardrop of            light was fully operational after         The real story was at the finish.       reputation counts for nothing so far as
                                                Ireland, to the departure point of      nine years of toil, which involved      After a mainly light-wind race,           the wind and the sea are concerned.
                                                                                                                              32   33

 Rolex and
championship yachting
  Very few classes or types of yacht secure sufficient status and popularity to maintain a dominant position at the
forefront of the ever-evolving sailing world. Nautor’s Swan and the Farr 40 have done just that. They are formed of
different creeds but have attracted yachtsmen that demand quality, expect performance and exhibit loyalty. The owners
know when they have tapped into a mother lode and need look no further to satisfy their lofty expectations.

  Nautor’s Swan first came to prominence in the late 1960s, launching the first series produced fibre-class yacht.
Since that defining moment, the company has harnessed the talents of some of the world’s top designers – Sparkman
& Stephens, Ron Holland and German Frers – together with Finnish boat-building skills, to create a distinctive brand
of yacht recognized the world over for both its aesthetic and sea-going qualities.

  The Farr 40 strode into the yacht racing arena in 1997, an active period in the search for the ultimate grand-prix type
yacht. In a competitive market where obsolescence is often regarded as the rule, the Farr 40’s timeless, modern design
has outlived expectation and outlasted its competition. It is a high-performance one design that is fast, user-friendly and
benefits from a strong class association. That a great deal of thought and experience went into the Farr 40 is witnessed
by its continuing longevity.
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The Essentials
> RolexFarr40WorldChampionship:

> OrganisedbytheFarr40Class                                                                                                                  Success and failure
                                                                                                                                         are easily measured
> OpentoallFarr40yachts

                                        Rolex Farr 40
> Upto10windward/leewardraces

Farr 40 One Design Class Association


                                                        Risk management,
                                                               quick decisions
                                                          What	do	you	get	when	a	group	of	highly	competitive	amateurs	and	professionals	come	together	to	race	
                                                        identical	yachts	over	fast-paced,	technically	demanding,	short	courses?	The	Rolex	Farr	40	World	Championship,	
                                                        where	the	worlds	of	business	and	sailing	collide.

                                                                                                The event, held in a different      whose job it is to advise, encourage
                                                                                              venue each year, attracts the         and cajole. Just like the stock
                                                                                              keenest commercial minds and the      market, racecourse losses and
                                                                                              most accomplished yachtsmen           gains are visible and immediate.
                                                                                              to stand at the helm of a 40-foot     Success and failure are easily
                                                                                              racing yacht. In a role reversal      measured by whether one returns
                                                                                              that has the makings of reality       home clutching the silverware
                                                                                              television, it is the amateur owner   or empty-handed. And it’s much
                                                                                              of the boat who is obliged to         more exciting than your average
                                                                                              hold the wheel and steer. And for     boardroom meeting.
                                                                                              once, these corporate titans have
                                                                                              to bend their ear to the more-
                                                                                              experienced, professional tactician
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                                         Rolex Swan Cup                                             Effortless elegance
                                                             Swans	are	evocative	creatures.	The	classic	display	of	elegance	in	flight,	white	wings	effortlessly	beating	a	
The Essentials                                             powerful	path,	contrasted	against	a	clear,	blue	sky.	Bring	them	closer	to	water,	and	the	model	of	deportment	
                                                           remains	visible	above	the	surface	irrespective	of	the	turbulence	below.	So	too	for	a	Swan	yacht.
> RolexSwanCup:
> OrganisedbytheYachtClub
> OpentoallSwanyachts                                               The vanguard of
> IncorporatestheRolexSwan45
                                                          yacht-building haute couture
> ISAFOffshoreSpecialRegulations:
> ClassesincludeMaxiforSwans
   over18.29metres,GrandPrixfor                                                                 Swans have been the vanguard             Every two years, the Swan fleet
   Swansunder18.28metres,Classic                                                               of haute couture when it comes           gathers at its spiritual home at
   forSwansdesignedbySparkman                                                                  to production yacht design over          the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in
   &Stephens,Swan45OneDesign                                                                  the past 40 years. While the world       Sardinia where owners, crews and
   andClubSwan42                                                                                has changed dramatically since           guests meet for a week of frenetic
                                                                                                    the first yachts emerged from the        activity on the water and ashore.
Yacht Club Costa Smeralda                                                                           shipyard in Finland, 250-miles           And whilst the human element may
PortoCervoMarina                                                                                  south of the Arctic Circle, two things   occasionally give the appearance
07021PortoCervo(OT)                                                                              remain the same: the spirit of the       of disorder, the Swan yachts take
Italy                                                                                               Finnish workforce, proud to be the       everything in stride whether on the
T.+390789902200                                                                                   driving force behind the legend,         racecourse or at anchor. Life for                                                                              and the spirit of the yachts’ owners     them is effortless.                                                                                      and crew, proud to be part of the
                                                                                                    ongoing legacy.
                                                                                                                               38   39

        Rolex and
classic sailing
  Classic sailing events bring together many of the world’s most beautiful vintage yachts, along with a host of racers
and sailing enthusiasts from all the corners of the globe. Events such as the Portofino Rolex Trophy and Les Voiles de
Saint-Tropez are held as much in the name of camaraderie as challenge. They are a perfect match with the elegance and
spirit that Rolex has brought to sailing competition over many years of involvement.

  To watch historic yachts in action is truly an inspiring sight. One is reminded of their glorious past and one cannot help
but be filled with admiration for those who still sail them today. Tactical skill and racing prowess are fully in evidence
even aboard the most traditional of yachts. Classic sailing events salute the elegance of these vessels, with their wood
and brass fittings, and they applaud the owners who have preserved their splendour with passion and sacrifices. Yachts
and crews are united for “timeless” events that pay homage to a rich sailing history and exemplify respected qualities:
the treasuring of nautical traditions, a love for beauty over function and the enthusiastic embrace of team spirit.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  40     41

                            Portofino                                                                                    Les Voiles de
                   Rolex Trophy                                                                                                    Saint-Tropez
                                                                                                                         One last round
                                                            Heritage highlights                                          of warm weather racing
               A fusion of history
             and racing

                                            Considered to be one of the most       an exhibition of historic wooden        Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez is an       the water in a spectacular contrast
                                         beautiful Mediterranean ports,            Olympic classes in the main square    event of mixed emotions, of torn         of varnished wood and gel-coat,
The Essentials                           Portofino is a small fishing village      of Portofino and, the highlight       loyalties: the magnificence of the       polished brass and carbon-fibre, as
                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Essentials
> PortofinoRolexTrophy:May2011      that is known, along with its             of the social calendar, the Rolex     past versus the cutting edge of the      summer slowly comes to a close        > LesVoilesdeSaint-Tropez:
                                         charming colours and cobblestone          Dinner Party held at La Cervara, an   present, traditional refinement versus   it is the traditional yachts that        September–October2011
> OrganisedbytheYachtClub          Piazzetta, as a place of elegance, fine   historic Benedictine abbey situated   form and functionality. There are        draw the eye. This unique regatta
   Italianoincollaborationwiththe   Italian dining and majestic ocean         in the hills between Portofino and    those seated deep within both camps,     is an incredible opportunity to       > OrganizedbytheSociétéNautique
   CircoloVelaofSantaMargherita     views. Once a year, this picturesque      Santa Margherita Ligure.              but all are drawn together by a          travel through sailing’s history.        deSaint-Tropez
   Ligure                                port hosts the Portofino Rolex              This is an event where yacht        common passion: the sea and sailing.     And enthusiast or not, one cannot
                                                                                                                                                                                                        > Competitorswillbedividedinto
> Theregattaisopentowooden        Trophy, a series of races dedicated       racing and history fuse within          The town of Saint-Tropez has           help but stare in awe of the well-
   yachtsofthefollowingclasses:    to the barca d’epoca (classic yachts)     a convivial setting, forming the      a strong connection to the sea           kept classic vessels and those who
   JClass,12-Metre,8-Metre,          that have played an essential role in     perfect weekend escape with a         perpetuated by the artists and           work to keep them running and
   6-Metre,5.50-Metre                   the history of sailing.                   reminder of decades past.             yachtsmen that fill the Vieux Port,      competitive in the modern world. It
                                            This regatta unites a variety of                                             the beating heart of the town that       is no easy task.
                                         the world’s classic yachts in one                                               bustles with activity. In late autumn,                                         Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez
Yacht Club Italiano
                                         of Italy’s most iconic locations for                                            the ambiance in this chic harbour                                              NouveauPort-BP72
                                         some vintage racing. The action                                                 goes back in time with Les Voiles                                              83992Saint-TropezCedex
                                         primarily takes place in the Marconi                                            de Saint-Tropez, an annual regatta                                             France
                                         Gulf, part of the Ligurian coastline                                            that welcomes over 300 vessels for                                             T.+33494973054
                                         famous as a popular yachting                                                    one last round of warm weather                                       
                                         destination and protected natural                                               sailing in the Mediterranean. Whilst                                 
                                         park. The event also hosts a series                                             both modern and classic boats are
                                         of onshore activities, including                                                welcomed, and the fleet takes to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           42   43

             and Rolex
           The	name	Rolex	is	synonymous	with	performance	and	pioneering	spirit.	Hans	Wilsdorf,	founder	of	Rolex,	had	the	             highly visible personalities would      Among its Testimonees, Rolex counts a number of exemplary sailors:
         brilliant	idea	to	equip	Mercedes	Gleitze	with	a	Rolex	Oyster	when	she	swam	the	English	Channel	in	1927.	Wilsdorf	            underscore the technical qualities of
                                                                                                                                                                              > Denmark’s Paul Elvström, the legendary regatta winner with four
         reserved	the	front	page	of	the	Daily Mail to	announce	that	although	the	watch	had	been	immersed	in	seawater	for	             the Oyster.
                                                                                                                                                                                Olympic gold medals and nineteen medals in world championships.
         over	ten	hours,	it	continued	to	keep	accurate	time,	attestation	that	it	was	waterproof	and	robust	–	the	first	of	its	kind.      Through its support of the
                                                                                                                                                                                Elvström is today considered an icon;
                                                                                                                                      International Sailing Federation
                                                                                                                                      (ISAF), the world reference in          > Paul Cayard from the United States has participated six times in the
                                                      From then on, the advances of the      broke the land speed record in his       sailing, Rolex participates in the        America’s Cup, twice in the Olympic Games and has won seven medals in
                                                   Oyster would be inextricably linked       bolide Bluebird; in 1947, pilot Chuck    development of this spectacular           world championships. He has also participated in two Round the World
                                                   to sportsmen and women excelling          Yeager became the first person to        and exciting sport. Since 2001,           Races, winning in 1998;
                                                   in disciplines that were new at           break the sound barrier; in 1953, the    the company has sponsored the
                                                   the time like aviation, automobile        expedition led by Sir John Hunt, Sir     ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the          > Sofia Bekatorou, from Greece, a 470 gold medallist in the Olympic
     An image                                      racing or mountaineering. In 1933         Edmund Hillary and Tensing Norgay        Year Awards, honorary prizes that         Games in Athens and bronze medal winner in Beijing, has twice received
                                                   Stewart Blacker flew over Everest;        was the first to conquer Everest.        celebrate male and female sailors         the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award;
of excellence                                      in 1935, Sir Malcolm Campbell             Through their achievements, these        who have particularly distinguished
                                                                                                                                                                              > Brazil’s Robert Scheidt is a four-time Olympic medallist with two golds
                                                                                                                                      themselves. The ISAF Rolex World
                                                                                                                                                                                and two silvers accumulated over four consecutive games since 1996. He
                                                                                                                                      Sailor of the Year Awards are
                                                                                                                                                                                is also a two-time winner of the ISAF Rolex World Sailor Award;
                                                                                                                                      recognised as the pinnacle award
                                                                                                                                      a sailor can receive in recognition     > American sailor Gary Jobson, Ted Turner’s tactician when Courageous
                                                                                                                                      of outstanding achievements in the        won the America’s Cup in 1977, is now a highly respected sports
                                                                                                                                      world of sailing.                         journalist. He was inducted into the America’s Cup Hall of Fame in 2003.
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          ISAF Rolex
World Sailor of
    the Year Awards

                                                                          A night of honours                                         Past Winners
         The	International	Sailing	Federation	(ISAF)	is	the	world	governing	body	for	the	sport	of	sailing	and	the	ISAF	              	   	   Male	                                    Female
       Rolex	World	Sailor	of	the	Year	Awards	are	recognised	as	the	pinnacle	award	a	sailor	can	receive	in	recognition	of	
                                                                                                                                     2009    Torben	Grael	(BRA)                       Anna	Tunnicliffe	(USA)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               The Essentials
       outstanding	achievement	in	the	world	of	sailing.
                                                                                                                                     2008    Ben	Ainslie	(GBR)                        Alessandra	Sensini	(ITA)                 > ISAFRolexWorldSailorofthe
                                                                                                                                     2007    Ed	Baird	(USA)                           Claire	Leroy	(FRA)
                                                      Launched in 1994, the Awards             Rolex has sponsored the Awards
                                                    are presented annually based on a       since 2001 and the 2011 edition          2006    Mike	Sanderson	(NZL)                     Paige	Railey	(USA)                       > Initialnominationsmaybe
                                                    worldwide selection process that        will take place in Puerto Rico.                                                                                                       madebyanyone.Ashortlist
                                                                                                                                     2005    Fernando	Echavarri	&	Antón	Paz	(ESP)     Ellen	MacArthur	(GBR)
  2009winners,AnnaTunnicliffeandTorbenGrael   incorporates an open invitation for     Previous editions have been held                                                                                                      isthenfinalizedfromall
                                                    nominations, followed by a vote         in Athens, Greece (2010), Busan,         2004    Robert	Scheidt	(BRA)                     Sofia	Bekatorou	&	Emilia	Tsoulfa	(GRE)      nominationsfollowedbya
                                                    amongst the 130 member nations          Korea (2009), Madrid, Spain (2008),                                                                                                   voteamongstthe130member
                                                                                                                                     2003    Russell	Coutts	(SUI)                     Siren	Sundby	(NOR)
                                                    of ISAF. Two Awards, one for a          Estoril, Portugal (2007) and Helsinki,                                                                                                nationsoftheInternational
                                                    female sailor/crew and one for a        Finland (2006). Each winner is           2002    Ben	Ainslie	(GBR)                        Sofia	Bekatorou	&	Emilia	Tsoulfa	(GRE)      SailingFederation
                                                    male sailor/crew, are presented         presented with the prestigious ISAF
                                                                                                                                     2001    Robert	Scheidt	(BRA)                     Ellen	MacArthur	(GBR)
                                                    at a ceremony held each year in         Rolex World Sailor of the Year                                                                                                     > Thecriterionfornomination
                                                    November during the ISAF Annual         Award Trophy and a distinctive           2000    Mark	Reynolds	&	Magnus	Liljedahl	(USA)   Shirley	Robertson	(GBR)                     forthe2011Awardsis
                                                    Conference. A glance at the list of     Rolex timepiece.                                                                                                                      “outstandingachievement”in
                                                                                                                                     1999    Mateusz	Kusznierewicz	(POL)              Margriet	Matthijsse	(NED)
                                                    previous winners demonstrates that                                                                                                                                            theperiodof1September2010
                                                    recipients of the World Sailor of the                                            1998    Ben	Ainslie	(GBR)                        Carolijn	Brouwer	(NED)                      to31August2011
                                                    Year Awards are drawn from the                                                   1997    Pete	Goss	(GBR)                          Ruslana	Taran	&	Elena	Pakholchik	(UKR)
                                                    many diverse disciplines of the sport
                                                                                                                                     1996    Jochen	Schümann	(GER)                    Lee	Lai	Shan	(HKG)                       ISAF
                                                    of sailing: Olympic dinghy and keel-
                                                    boats, single-handed ocean racing,                                               1995    Russell	Coutts	(NZL)                     Isabelle	Autissier	(FRA)
                                                    transatlantic record breaking,
                                                                                                                                     1994    Peter	Blake	(NZL) &	                     Theresa	Zabell	(ESP)           
                                                    match-racing, America’s Cup and
                                                    windsurfing are all represented.                                                         Robin	Knox-Johnston	(GBR)
                                                                                                                       paul cayard
                                                                                                                       Tactician. Skipper. Rock.
                                                                                                                       Leads by example. First American
                                                                                                                       skipper to win the Whitbread Round the
                                                                                                                       World Race. Star World Champion.
                                                                                                                       Likes to break new ground. On water.

Paul Cayard
                                                                                                                       ro               r
                                                                                                                         lex. a crown fo every ach     ent
                                                                                                                                                  ievem .

            Spotlight on an outstanding career
  Paul	Cayard	exemplifies	Rolex's	passion	for	commitment	and	excellence	and	has	been	a	Rolex	Testimonee	since	
1998.	“Rolex	is	a	great	brand	to	have	involved	in	sailing,”	said	Cayard.	“Their	support	has	allowed	some	iconic	
events	to	develop	even	more	legend	and	tradition.”	

                                          Cayard is a seven-time sailing          The consummate professional,
                                       world champion, including the            Cayard is always in demand. In an
                                       Star Worlds in 1988, a six-time          average year he spends 200 days
                                       America's Cup veteran and two-time       competing on all the major grand-
                                       Olympian. He has versatile skills        prix circuits around the world. For
                                       and has even taken to ocean racing,      Cayard, the search for perfection is
                                       becoming the first American skipper      never-ending.
                                       to win the Whitbread Round the
                                       World Race with EF Language in the
                                       1997/98 race.                            The	Rolex	Oyster	
                                          “Precise timing is a key element to   Perpetual	Yacht-Master	II
                                       winning sailing races,” said Cayard.        Benefiting from over a century
                                       “The start, for example, is a critical   of craftsmanship and expertise,
                                       moment: one second too early and         Rolex continually expands the
                                       you have to restart, two seconds         limits of watch technology. In
                                       late and you are in the back row. To     2007, it launched the Oyster
                                       get the best start, the whole crew       Perpetual Yacht-Master II featuring
                                       has to work together with flawless       a programmable countdown
                                       timing and accuracy.” Following his      mechanical memory, enabling the
                                       victory in the 1997/98 Round the         chronograph to be set according
                                       World Race, Cayard was honoured          to the starting sequence of any
                                       as 1998 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year      particular yacht race.
                                       in the USA and has continued to mix         This timepiece was born of the
                                       it up ever since.                        longstanding relationship that Rolex
                                          Cayard has never hesitated to take    enjoys with the sea and sailing, and
                                       opportunities to perfect his already     is intended for experienced skippers
                                       considerable skills, whether in small    as well as yachting enthusiasts.
                                       boats (Star Class, Athens 2004),
                                       offshore (Rolex Middle Sea Race
                                       2006) or ocean racing (Volvo Ocean
                                       Race 2005/06). He also continues
                                       to be honoured by his peers and in
                                       2006 received the St. Francis Yacht
                                       Club Yachtsman of the Year Award.
                                                                                                                                                              OYSTER PERPETUAL YACHT-MASTER II
                                                                                                                                                              IN 18 CT WHITE GOLD
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                                        Rolex yachting
                                             calendar 2011
    For the latest event information,

                                          Today,	Rolex	is	the	Title	Sponsor	of	some	20	major	international	events.	Whether	breaking	new	ground	with	the	
                                        creation	of	the	Rolex	IMA	Championship,	or	continuing	historic	tradition	with	the	Rolex	Sydney	Hobart,	Rolex	enjoys		
                                        a	privileged	relationship	with	the	sea,	the	world	of	sailing	and	the	call	of	the	deep.	This	is	the	Crown	in	sailing.

                                           A	sense	of	adventure	and	constant	desire	for	precision,	combined	with		determination,	passion	and	camaraderie,		
                                        is	what	it	takes	to	succeed	in	the	world’s	greatest	yacht	races.	The	Rolex	yachting	events	demand	all	these	qualities	
                                        and	more,	as	enthusiasm	and	excellence	are	expected	from	organizers,	participants	and	aficionados	alike.

                                          Rolex	has	always	represented	top	performance	and	pioneering	spirit	and	has	brought	these	same	qualities	to	
                                        sailing	competition	over	many	years	of	involvement.	As	that	involvement	continues	to	grow,	it	is	with	pride	that		
                                        the	next	few	pages	highlight	the	Rolex	yachting	calendar	for	2011.	A	complete	listing	of	all	events,	along	with		
                                        the	latest	event	information,	can	be	found	on
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Calendar of Rolex yachting events                                                          International	Rolex	Regatta
                                                                                           St.Thomas, US Virgin Islands | March 2011
                                   *Event valid for 2010/2011 Rolex IMA Championship
                                                                                           The International Rolex Regatta is an annual three-day regatta for One
                                                                                           Design and handicap monohull and multihull classes, and is organised
                                                                                           by the St. Thomas Yacht Club.
                                                                                           StTYC – T. +1 3407756320 – E. –

                                                                                           Portofino	Rolex	Trophy
                                                                                           Portofino, Italy | May 2011
                                                                                           The Portofino Rolex Trophy is an annual three-day regatta organised by
            Rolex	Sydney	Hobart	Yacht	Race                                                 the Yacht Club Italiano in collaboration with the Circolo Vela of Santa
            Sydney – Hobart, Australia | December 2010 - January 2011
                                                                                           Margherita Ligure and under the patronage of the cities of Portofino and
            The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is an annual 628-nautical mile offshore     Santa Margherita Ligure.
            race organised by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia with the co-operation   YCI – T. +39 102461206 – E. –
            of the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania. Owners and charterers of eligible boats
            are invited to apply for entry.
            CYCA – T. +61 282927800 – E. –                       Rolex	Volcano	Race*/Rolex	Capri	Sailing	Week	
                                                        Capri, Italy | May 2011
                                                                                           The Rolex Volcano Race will be an annual 400-nautical mile offshore race
                                                                                           organised by the International Maxi Association in conjunction with the Comitato
                                                                                           Vela nel Golfo di Gaeta and the Yacht Club Capri. The race will form part of the
            Circuito	Atlántico	Sur	Rolex	Cup                                               Rolex Capri Sailing Week, an annual four-day regatta organised by the YCC.
            Buenos Aires, Argentina – Punta del Este, Uruguay | January 2011               IMA – T. +39 3334858385 – E.
            The Circuito Atlántico Sur Rolex Cup 2011 is an annual weeklong regatta
            for monohull yachts organised jointly by the Yacht Club Argentino, Yacht       YCC – T. +39 818389455 – E. –
            Club Olivos, Yacht Club Punta del Este and Yacht Club Uruguayo. The event
            includes a 165-nautical mile offshore race.                                    Giraglia	Rolex	Cup*
            YCA – T. +54 1143140505 – E. –                   Saint-Tropez, France – San Remo, Italy | June 2011
                                                                                           The Giraglia Rolex Cup is an annual weeklong competition that comprises
                                                                                           three days of inshore races in the Bay of Saint-Tropez and a 241-nautical
            Rolex	Miami	OCR                                                                mile offshore race to San Remo via La Giraglia. It is organised by the Yacht
            Miami, Florida, USA | January 2011                                             Club Italiano and the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez under the supervision
                                                                                           of the Federazione Italiana Vela, the Fédération Française de Voile, with the
            Rolex Miami OCR is an annual weeklong regatta for Olympic class boats          collaboration of the Yacht Club San Remo, the city of San Remo, the city of
            organised by US Sailing. It forms part of the annual ISAF Sailing World Cup.   Saint-Tropez and the Yacht Club de France.
            US Sailing – E. –         YCI – T. +39 102461206 – E. – –

                                                                                           Block	Island	Race	Week	Presented	by	Rolex
            Rolex	Farr	40	World	Championship                                               Block Island, Rhode Island, USA | June 2011
            Sydney, Australia | February 2011
                                                                                           Block Island Race Week presented by Rolex is a biennial weeklong regatta
            The Rolex Farr 40 Worlds is an annual four-day championship that               organised by the Storm Trysail Yacht Club for monohull yachts greater than
            changes venue each year. The 2011 Worlds will be organised by the Farr 40      24-feet competing in One Design, IRC and PHRF handicap classes.
            Class Association.                                                             STC – T. +1 9148348857 – E. –
            Farr40CA – T. +1 4102681001 – E. –
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Rolex	Ilhabela	Sailing	Week                                                      Maxi	Yacht	Rolex	Cup*
Ilhabela, São Paulo, Brazil | July 2011                                          Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy | September 2011
Rolex Ilhabela Sailing Week is an annual weeklong regatta organised by the       The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup is an annual weeklong regatta organised by the Yacht
Yacht Club Ilhabela for monohull yachts competing in One Design and ORCi         Club Costa Smeralda in conjunction with the International Maxi Association. The
Handicap classes.                                                                Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2011 has been selected as the final series of the annual Rolex
YCI – T. +55 1131513616 – E. –             IMA Championship and constitutes the Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship 2011.
                                                                                 YCCS – T. +39 789902200 – E. –

Rolex	Baltic	Week                                                                Rolex	Big	Boat	Series
Kiel, Germany | July 2011                                                        San Francisco, CA, USA | September 2011

Rolex Baltic Week is an annual weeklong regatta. In 2011 the event will          The Rolex Big Boat Series is an annual four-day regatta for monohull yachts
be organised by the Flensburger Segelclub in co-operation with the Kieler        organised by the St. Francis Yacht Club. Participation is by invitation only.
Yacht Club. The regatta is open to all International Metre classes and will      Entrants are divided into two groupings: One Design Racing: J/120, Sydney 38,
incorporate the 2011 12-Metre World Championship.                                Melges 32, Express 37, OD 35, J/105, Farr 40, Beneteau 36.7 and Cal 40; and, IRC
FSC – T. +49 46313233 – E. –                              Handicap for yachts of 35-feet and above.
                                                                                 StFYC – T. +1 4155636363 – E. –

Rolex	Fastnet	Race                                                               Les	Voiles	de	Saint-Tropez
                                                                                 Saint-Tropez, France | September - October 2011
Cowes – Plymouth, UK | August 2011
                                                                                 Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez is an annual weeklong regatta organised by the
The Rolex Fastnet Race is a biennial 608-nautical mile offshore race organised
                                                                                 Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez. Competitors are divided into three categories:
by the Royal Ocean Racing Club in association with the Royal Western Yacht
                                                                                 Modern, Sprit of Tradition and Tradition. The Rolex Trophy is given to the best
Club and the Royal Yacht Squadron.
                                                                                 performing yacht over 16-metres in the Tradition class.
RORC – T. +44 2074932248 – E.
                                                                                 SNST – T. +33 494973054 – E. –

Rolex	International	Women's	Keelboat	Championship                                Rolex	Middle	Sea	Race
Rochester, New York, USA | August – September 2011                               Valletta, Malta | October 2011
The Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship is a biennial weeklong     This race will form the opening event of the 2011/2012 Rolex IMA Championship. The
regatta that is recognized as the pinnacle of competitive keelboat racing for    Rolex Middle Sea Race is an annual 606-nautical mile offshore race organised by the
women. The Rochester Yacht Club will host the 2011 running of the regatta.       Royal Malta Yacht Club, in association with the Royal Ocean Racing Club and under
RYC – T. +1 5855461234 – E.                    the auspices of the Maltese and Italian Sailing Federations.                                                              RMYC – T. +356 21333109 – E. –

                                                                                 ISAF	Rolex	World	Sailor	of	the	Year	Awards
New	York	Yacht	Club	Invitational	Cup	presented	by	Rolex                          Puerto Rico | November 2011
Newport, Rhode Island, USA | September 2011
                                                                                 These annual awards recognize the top male and female sailor in the world.
The New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup is a biennial weeklong regatta          The winners are selected by the 130 ISAF Member National Authorities from
organised by the New York Yacht Club. Entry is by invitation only to a limited   an always-impressive field of nominees. The venue for the Awards ceremony
number of the world's preeminent yacht clubs. The regatta format is fleet        changes each year.
racing in Swan 42 Class yachts.                                                  ISAF – T. + 44 2380635111 – E.
NYYC – T. +1 2123821000 – E. –     
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                              Rolex	China	Sea	Race
                              Hong Kong – Subic Bay, Philippines | April 2012
                              The Rolex China Sea Race is a biennial 565-nautical mile race for monohull
                              and multihull yachts from Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong, through the South
                              China Sea to the finish in Subic Bay, the Philippines. It is organised by the
                              Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, in co-operation with Manila Yacht Club and
                              the Subic Bay Yacht Club, and is run under the auspices of the Royal Ocean
                              Racing Club. The race was first held in 1962.
                              RHKYC – T. +852 28322817 – E. –

                              Rolex	Swan	Cup
                              Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy | September 2012
                              The Rolex Swan Cup is a biennial weeklong regatta organised by the Yacht
                              Club Costa Smeralda in conjunction with Nautor’s Swan. The 2012 Rolex
                              Swan 45 World Championship will take place within the Rolex Swan Cup.
                              YCCS – T. +39 789902200 – E. –

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