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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 sport and its time-honoured values. This unique bond dates back more than 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 with a Rolex logo

ROLEX SYDNEY
HOBART YACHT RACE

Rolex and yachting

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

Adventure, courage, determination, discovery and sportsmanship define the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, and reflect a sporting ethos with which Rolex is privileged to be associated. Staged every year since 1945, this classic offshore race demands the best from every crew member to overcome the challenging weather conditions on the 628-nautical-mile course between Sydney and Hobart, Tasmania. On 26 December thousands of spectators gather around Sydney’s beautiful harbour to see off the international fleet, ranging from 30-foot Corinthian-crewed boats to professionally sailed 100-foot Maxi yachts, as they embark on this formidable challenge.

Yacht racing
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup

MAXI YACHT ROLEX CUP

Rolex and yachting

Precision and excellence are essentials at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, for which the best skippers and crews are matched with the most advanced yachts. 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 a unique gathering 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 SWAN CUP

Rolex and yachting

To sailors around the world, the Rolex Swan Cup is one of the highlights of the Mediterranean yachting calendar. Marked by the presence of the distinctive Swan yachts, 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 and the Fastnet Rock

ROLEX FASTNET RACE

Rolex and yachting

Revered by sailors worldwide as a supreme test of skill, the Rolex Fastnet Race has been pivotal to Rolex’s association with offshore sailing for more than 20 years. This biennial challenge attracts more than 300 yachts from 20 countries, bringing together some 2,500 sailors, professionals and Corinthians alike. Their prowess on deck inevitably produces 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 south coast of England to the Fastnet Rock off south-western 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, for which Rolex is also Official Timepiece. To be eligible, a boat must fit into a box whose dimensions cover, among other elements, length, draft and sail area. TP52s race in real time with victory going to the first vessel to cross the finish line. Inevitably, the winning team is the best prepared and most skilful. With such a closely matched fleet, timing is crucial. 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.