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Rolex Sponsored the Rolex Middle Sea Race

November 23, 2018

BY Paul Altieri

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In some parts of the world, the name Rolex is synonymous with sailing, andante men who have won watches at the helm of their yachts. Rolex has long been a sponsor of sailing competitions around the world; as the brand notes, “Rolex has forged a privileged relationship with yachting out of a natural affinity with this dynamic sport and its time-honored values.” Over 50 years ago Rolex first entered into a mutual beneficial partnership with the famed New York Yacht Club which maintains lavish clubhouses in Manhattan and Newport, Rhode Island.

Rolex Middle Sea Race

Rolex has long been a sponsor for yachting competitions.

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Rolex and NYCC

Rolex still sponsors NYCC regattas today, which are mostly run by yachtsmen whose vessels double as pleasure craft, but who are more than happy to be competitive when a specially engraved watch from a Submariner or better yet a Yacht-Master is the prize – though in keeping with the brand’s conservative practices they rarely award the more expensive watch. These days Rolex also 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.”

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The Rolex Middle Sea Race is an event you do not want to miss.

The annual Middle Sea Race by Rolex featured a record-breaking fleet of 130 yachts from 29 countries making a 606-nautical mile run from Malta to the island of Sicily and back. The French-flagged yacht Courrier Recommandé captured the overall victory with owner Géry Trentesaux claiming the coveted prize watch. Trentesaux is one of France’s most successful yachtsmen having won the Rolex Fastnet – and other watch – in 2015. Meanwhile 92 yachts have entered the upcoming Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, one of the world’s most prestigious and competitive regattas.

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