Rolex and Yachting
Rolex is the global Presenting Partner and exclusive Official Timepiece of the SailGP championship, a regatta circuit that pits the fastest sailing craft in the world against one another. It is raced on seas worldwide, on F50 foiling catamarans that seem to take flight across the water.
Crews made up of some 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. A season organised on the seas of five continents. Launched in 2019, the SailGP circuit has redefined the world of competitive sailing, utilising innovative, continuously optimised catamarans. These flying yachts bear the colours of the countries they represent and embody the present and future of the sport.
The SailGP championship has also generated the Impact League, the Women’s Pathway programme and SailGP Inspire, initiatives aimed at promoting sustainability and diversity in the yachting world.
With four gold medals and one silver, Sir Ben Ainslie achieved the outstanding feat of claiming a medal in the five consecutive Olympic Games he competed in.
The British sailor races for the Royal Yacht Squadron, which Rolex has partnered since the 1980s. And as skipper of the Great Britain team, he is also one of the leading lights of the SailGP circuit.
Sir Ben Ainslie wears a Yacht-Master 42.
With two gold medals and one silver, Hannah Mills is the most successful woman Olympic sailor of all time. Winner of the Rolex World Sailor of the Year award in 2016 and 2021, she holds the position of tactician in the Great Britain SailGP crew. As a SailGP ambassador for sustainable development, Mills is also highly committed to the inclusion of women in sailing.
Hannah Mills wears a Yacht-Master 37.
Yacht clubs, renowned sailors, iconic offshore races and some of the most celebrated regattas. For more than 60 years, Rolex has forged strong relationships with the world of yachting. A prominent yacht racing partner, the brand shares the common pursuit of excellence and a passion for premium performance with custodians of the sport’s enduring spirit.
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