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Rolex and yachting The spirit and philosophy
of the sport are in perfect harmony
with values that Rolex holds dear:
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.
Table of contents 32 Rolex and championship yachting
34 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship
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
41 Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez
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
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,
54 Rolex yachting calendar 2011
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.
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
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
IMA Race Secretariat
T. +39 3334858385
Yacht Club Costa Smeralda
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.
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
Royal Malta Yacht Club
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
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
International Maxi Association
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
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.
Giraglia Rolex Cup
Yacht Club Italiano
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.
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.
Rolex and ocean
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.
Cruising Yacht Club of Australia
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.
Royal Ocean Racing Club
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.
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.
> OrganisedbytheFarr40Class Success and failure
are easily measured
Rolex Farr 40
Farr 40 One Design Class Association
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
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.
> OpentoallSwanyachts The vanguard of
yacht-building haute couture
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
E.email@example.com and the spirit of the yachts’ owners them is effortless.
W.www.yccs.it and crew, proud to be part of the
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.
Portofino Les Voiles de
Rolex Trophy Saint-Tropez
One last round
Heritage highlights of warm weather racing
A fusion of history
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
> 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
> 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
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the world’s classic yachts in one bustles with activity. In late autumn, Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez
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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
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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
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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
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recognised as the pinnacle award
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world of sailing. journalist. He was inducted into the America’s Cup Hall of Fame in 2003.
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2009 Torben Grael (BRA) Anna Tunnicliffe (USA)
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2007 Ed Baird (USA) Claire Leroy (FRA)
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amongst the 130 member nations Korea (2009), Madrid, Spain (2008), voteamongstthe130member
2003 Russell Coutts (SUI) Siren Sundby (NOR)
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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,
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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.
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the next few pages highlight the Rolex yachting calendar for 2011. A complete listing of all events, along with
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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. email@example.com –
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. firstname.lastname@example.org – www.yci.it
of the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania. Owners and charterers of eligible boats
are invited to apply for entry.
CYCA – T. +61 282927800 – E. email@example.com – Rolex Volcano Race*/Rolex Capri Sailing Week
www.rolexsydneyhobart.com 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. firstname.lastname@example.org
The Circuito Atlántico Sur Rolex Cup 2011 is an annual weeklong regatta www.internationalmaxiassociation.com
for monohull yachts organised jointly by the Yacht Club Argentino, Yacht YCC – T. +39 818389455 – E. email@example.com – www.yccapri.org
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. firstname.lastname@example.org – www.yca.org.ar 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. email@example.com – www.rmocr.ussailing.org/ YCI – T. +39 102461206 – E. firstname.lastname@example.org – www.yci.it – www.giragliarolexcup.com
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. email@example.com –
Farr40CA – T. +1 4102681001 – E. Farr40@staggyachts.com – www.farr40.org www.blockislandraceweek.com
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. firstname.lastname@example.org – www.risw.com.br IMA Championship and constitutes the Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship 2011.
YCCS – T. +39 789902200 – E. email@example.com – www.yccs.it
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. firstname.lastname@example.org – www.fsc.de Handicap for yachts of 35-feet and above.
StFYC – T. +1 4155636363 – E. email@example.com – www.stfyc.com
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.
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SNST – T. +33 494973054 – E. email@example.com –
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. firstname.lastname@example.org the auspices of the Maltese and Italian Sailing Federations.
www.rochesteryc.com RMYC – T. +356 21333109 – E. email@example.com – www.rolexmiddlesearace.com
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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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. firstname.lastname@example.org – www.rhkyc.org.hk
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. email@example.com – www.yccs.it
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