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2 June 2005, 03:54 pm
Regatta To Debut This Summer
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Rolex Swan American Regatta 2005
Newport, Rhode Island, USA

One of the highlights of Newport's summer sailing season will be the debut of the Rolex Swan American Regatta. The event, organized by the New York Yacht Club (NYYC), is scheduled for 25-29 July, and marks a return to a style of competition not often seen in the legendary port.
Over 50 of the majestic Swan yachts, ranging in size from 35 to 80 feet, will gather at the Newport Shipyard, in downtown Newport, Rhode Island, USA, where a specially designed dockside Regatta Village will serve as the hub of activity for competitors. Social activities are planned at Harbour Court, the New York Yacht Club's Newport clubhouse. A series of challenging around-the-buoys and distance races is planned for competitors, with a Rolex timepiece awarded to the winning Swan owner.

'We couldn't ask for a better location than Newport for the Rolex Swan American Regatta,' said Allen BRILL, President and CEO of Rolex Watch U.S.A. 'With our partners at the New York Yacht Club and with Nautor's Swan, w e look forward to welcoming everyone and sharing in spirited on-the-water competition as well as celebrating success at the awards ceremony on the final evening.'

The Swan yachts will be divided into four classes. Three of these, including the ever-popular cruising division, will race under the Nautor's Swan Rating System (NSR), while the Swan 45 class will race as a one-design class. Races will take place daily on Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island Sound.

'We are very excited to see the Swan fleet back in Newport, one of the finest and most historic sailing venues in the world,' said Enrico CHIEFFI, Marketing Director of Nautor's Swan. 'I look forward to a very competitive regatta with great socializing shoreside.'

As with every Swan regatta, the social program will be an integral part of the Rolex Swan American Regatta.

The Rolex Swan American Regatta joins the calendar of Rolex sponsored sailing events including the Rolex Transatlantic Challenge, the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, International Rolex Regatta, Rolex IMS Offshore World Championship, Rolex Big Boat Series, the Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship and the Giraglia Rolex Cup.

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