Rolex and Yachting
Regattas are held on sailing grounds indicated by buoys or geographic markers near the coast. Unfolding in full view of spectators, they are popular with the public on all continents.
As Official Timepiece or Title Sponsor, Rolex partners major annual regattas, such as the Rolex Maxi Yacht Cup, the Rolex Swan Cup and the Rolex Big Boat Series.
Rolex also partners two prominent racing circuits: the worldwide SailGP Championship featuring foiling F50 catamarans that seem to take flight across the water; and the 52 Super Series for similar high-performance monohulls that race in real time.
The fastest fleet in History
Crews made up of the best sailors. Identical catamarans, with foils and a rigid wingsail, capable of reaching 50 knots, or nearly 100 km/h. Spectacular races that last 15 minutes at most. The season, comprising 11 rounds on the seas of five continents. Created in 2018, the SailGP circuit redefines the world of competitive sailing, with innovative, continuously optimized catamarans that deliver outstanding competitive performance. These flying yachts bear the colours of the nine countries they represent and form the fastest fleet in history.
For Sir Ben Ainslie, skipper of the Great Britain team, “the SailGP circuit is a major milestone in the evolution of yachting. The boats use the most state-of-the-art technology while the competition continues to widen the appeal of sailing.”
an event for racing giants
The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup has been the flagship annual event for Maxi monohulls more than 70 feet (21 metres) in length since 1980. Organized in Sardinia by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, it brings together the greatest number of maxi yachts, which compete for nearly a week in races ranging in distance from 15–35 nautical miles (28 to 65 kilometres).
Jewels of naval architecture, these yachts are among the most powerful ever built and are crewed by the best skippers and teams in the world. The monohulls may be immense, but the gaps at the finish line remain small. As with any regatta, precision is essential to good performance.
The partnership that unites Rolex and the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup was initiated in 1985 and is one of the oldest on the nautical calendar.
52 Super series
The TP52 class world circuit is one of the most demanding in the sport of yachting. The races, 15 to 30 nautical miles long (28–56 kilometres), are contested on 52-foot (15.85 metres) monohulls meeting strict measurement criteria.
Timing is key to teamwork in the 52 Super Series. At this level, every second counts and winning boils down to precision. As emphasized by Brazilian racer Robert Scheidt, this requirement makes Rolex the ideal partner for this series of races: “Rolex stands for precision and excellence in everything it does. These are the characteristics found in the most successful TP52 crews, where teamwork and timing are essential elements.”
Since 2017, Rolex has also been Title Sponsor of the Rolex TP52 World Championship, held mid-season as part of the 52 Super Series.