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Rolex and Yachting

Rolex and Yachting

World of Rolex

Rolex has forged a privileged relationship with yachting out of a natural affinity with this dynamic nautical sport and its time-honoured values. This unique bond dates back over half a century to a seminal partnership with the New York Yacht Club that shaped Rolex’s involvement in the sport. Today Rolex has deep-rooted ties with the most prestigious yacht clubs, institutions and regattas in the world, sharing the highest standards of excellence with the custodians of yachting’s finest spirit.

Yacht racing


Rolex and yachting

Adventure, courage, determination, discovery and sportsmanship define the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, and reflect a rigorous sporting ethos with which Rolex is privileged to be associated. Run every year since 1945, this classic offshore race demands the best from every crew in order to overcome the challenging weather conditions encountered on the 628-nautical-mile course between Sydney Harbour and Hobart, Tasmania. The race start on 26 December brings Australia to a standstill as the international fleet ranging from 30-feet Corinthian-crewed boats to professionally-sailed 100-feet Maxi yachts sets off on this formidable challenge.

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup


Rolex and yachting

Precision and excellence are requisites in the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, as the best skippers and crews are matched with the most advanced yachts of the moment. Attracting an impressive line-up of sailing power, the week-long event, held each September in Sardinia’s Porto Cervo on the Costa Smeralda, is regarded as an inspirational rendezvous for innovators of cutting-edge yachting technology. Created in 1980 by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and its president the Aga Khan, the regatta is enduringly popular with professionals and Corinthians alike.



Rolex and yachting

To sailors around the world, the Rolex Swan Cup is one of the pearls of the Mediterranean yachting calendar. Marked by the impressive presence of Swan yachts, highly competitive racing and a spirit of fair play, this biennial regatta off the coast of Sardinia attracts the world’s top yachting talent. Elegance, precision, innovation, respect for tradition and excellence have united Rolex, yacht builder Nautor’s Swan and the race organizers, the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, in a partnership that stretches back more than 30 years.

Rolex Swan Cup
Rolex Fastnet Race


Rolex and yachting

The Rolex Fastnet Race is the world’s largest ocean race. It is also one of the most demanding, a veritable benchmark for almost a century and a cornerstone of Rolex’s association with offshore sailing. This biennial adventure attracts over 300 yachts from 20 countries, bringing together professionals and Corinthians, some 2,500 sailors whose prowess produce gripping sailing. Organized by the Royal Ocean Racing Club, the 605-nautical-mile event begins at the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes, the Isle of Wight and heads along the coast of England to the Fastnet Rock off southwestern Ireland. From there, boats steer back across the Celtic Sea to Plymouth.

Rolex TP52 World Championship

Rolex and yachting

Founded in 2008 and held in a different location each year, the Rolex TP52 World Championship is the highlight of the annual 52 Super Series, where Rolex is also Official Timepiece. To be eligible, a boat has to fit into a box of dimensions that cover among other elements length, draft and sail area. TP52s race in real-time with the first over the finish line winning. The victorious team is most definitely the best prepared and most skilful. With such a closely matched fleet, timing is fundamental, and, at this level, every second counts.

Rolex TP52 World Championship

Yacht-Master II

The Oyster Perpetual

The Yacht-Master II is designed to meet the needs of professional sailors. This regatta chronograph features the world's first programmable countdown with a mechanical memory. It provides precise synchronization with the crucial starting sequence of a yacht race.