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Antarctica Cup race management have announced the signing of an agreement with AMUNDSEN OSLO the Norwegian watchmaker who will undertake time-keeping responsibilities for the inaugural Antarctica Cup International Yacht Race.
AMUNDSEN OSLO are designers and manufacturers of custom made precision polar timepieces designed to withstand the toughest conditions on earth. The company was founded by Jørgen AMUNDSEN, a relative of the famous Antarctic and Arctic explorer Roald AMUNDSEN.

Roald AMUNDSEN (1872-1928), born near Oslo, Norway, is generally considered to be the greatest polar explorer of all time. He was the first man to reach the South Pole, on 14 December 1911, after a close race with the British expedition headed by Captain Robert F. Scott. Jørgen AMUNDSEN himself is also an Arctic and Antarctic adventurer inspired by the achievements of his famous relative.

AMUNDSEN OSLO, with headquarters in Oslo, Norway, will be the official timekeepers for the inaugural Antarctica Cup International Yacht Race providing a unique modern day link with the continent that made the AMUNDSEN name famous.

AMUNDSEN OSLO will provide the skipper of each national team represented in the Antarctica Cup International Yacht Race with a custom made 'AMUNDSEN OSLO ANTARCTICA CUP' timepiece before the start of the race. AMUNDSEN OSLO will also donate the 'ROALD AMUNDSEN TROPHY' to be presented by Jørgen AMUNDSEN to the crew of the first boat to pass through the 'ROALD AMUNDSEN GATE' located at Longitude 148° 00 West along the Antarctica Cup Race course.

The Antarctica Cup International Yacht Race is a biennial 45 day non-stop circumnavigation of Antarctica in which national teams will compete, with crew of the same nationality as the county being represented, racing in identical 82 ft. high performance racing boats. The race is a true nation vs nation competition and is the ultimate test in planning, leadership and endurance destined to draw immense multi-media audiences world-wide.

Nations are represented in the event by individuals / syndicates / corporations taking up a Country Franchise Owner License to represent their country and become a member of the 'Antarctica Cup Country Franchise Owners Association' which works close collaboration with the race organiser Antarctica Cup Pty Ltd in deciding certain aspects of the event.

The inaugural 100 days Antarctica Cup Race Regatta will commence in December 2005 with the second Antarctica Cup Race Regatta starting from Cape Town South Africa in December 2007.
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