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Rolex Yachting

Rolex have been gradually increasing their level of worldwide yachting event sponsorship since 2001 and before. 2004 boasts a grand total of 18 events throughout the year with a further six dates already planned for 2005.
New editions to the Rolex fraternity for 2004 include the New York Yacht Club's 150 Anniversary Regatta, to be held from the club's Newport, Rhode Island base. This year also sees the 60 anniversary of the Sydney Hobart Race, which Rolex joined as title sponsor in 2001.

The exclusive watch manufacturers can now boast a number of other classic offshore races in their stable: The Rolex Middle Sea Race, The Rolex Fastnet, and the Giraglia Rolex Cup to name but a few.

As well as the offshore stable, the only ISAF Grade 1 Olympic Classes event to be held in the USA is currently underway in Miami at the Rolex Miami OCR, highlighting Rolex' diversity in their support of the sport of sailing worldwide.

On 9 November 2004 in Copenhagen, the sports most prestigious title, that of the ISAF Rolex World Sailor Of The Year Awards, will be bestowed upon the two most deserving individuals or teams of the past 12 months. Title sponsors since 2001, recent winners of the award include Russell COUTTS (NZL), Siren SUNDBY (NOR), Ben AINSLIE (GBR), Emilia TSOULFA and Sofia BEKATOROU (GRE), Robert SCHEIDT (BRA) and Ellen MACARTHUR (GBR).

ISAF will bring you, via www.sailing.org, full reports, pictures and results from all the Rolex events throughout the year. Further details on the events below can be found by visiting the Regatta News Website at the address below.

2004
Event Date Venue
Rolex Miami OCR 26 - 30 January Miami, FL, USA
International Rolex Regatta, St.Thomas 26 - 28 March St. Thomas, USVI
Rolex IMS World Championships, Capri 15 - 22 May Capri, ITA
NYYC 150th Annual Regatta presented by Rolex 11 - 13 June Newport, RI, USA
Giraglia Rolex Cup, St.Tropez/Genova 12 - 19 June St. Tropez, FRA / Genoa, ITA
Sardinia Rolex Cup, Porto Cervo 19 - 26 June Porto Cervo, Sardinia, ITA
New York Yacht Club Sailing Week 16 - 25 July Newport, RI, USA
Rolex Commodores' Cup 25 July - 1 August Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK
Rolex Baltic Week 8 - 15 August Neustadt, Germany
Rolex Farr 40 Worlds, San Francisco 8 - 11 September San Francisco, CA, USA
St. Francis Big Boat Series, San Francisco 16 - 19 September San Francisco, CA, USA
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, Porto Cervo 5 - 11 September Porto Cervo, Sardinia, ITA
Rolex Swan Cup, Porto Cervo 12 - 19 September Porto Cervo, Sardinia, ITA
Rolex Middle Sea Race, Malta 20 - 30 October Malta
ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards 9 November Copenhagen, DEN
Rolex Farr Invitational, Miami 19 - 22 November Miami, FL, USA
Rolex Trophy Series, Sydney 11 - 14 December Sydney, Australia
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 60th Anniversary 26 December - 2 January Sydney, Australia
Event (in addition to annual events above) Date Venue
""Rolex Transatlantic Challenge 2005 21 May - 6 June New-York, NY, USA / Cowes, UK
""Rolex Race Around the Island 2005 June tbc Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK
"Rolex Swan Cup Europe 25 June - 3 July tbc Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK
"Rolex Swan Cup North America 27 July - 2 August tbc Newport, RI, USA
"Rolex Womens' Keelboat World Championships September Annapolis, USA
"Rolex Fastnet Race 10 - 15 August Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK

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