'Rolex is especially delighted to be associated with one of the most challenging regattas in the world,' said Allen BRILL, President and CEO, Rolex Watch U.S.A. 'The Rolex Big Boat Series is recognized by sailors as a formidable test of ability, preparation and tactics. Rolex takes great pleasure in joining the St. Francis Yacht Club in celebration of this classic West Coast regatta.'
'The St. Francis Yacht Club is thrilled that our partner Rolex will help us take the Big Boat Series to the next level,' said Doug HOLM, Commodore StFYC. 'With their support we will be able to guarantee that the Rolex Big Boat Series continues as the premier West Coast regatta.'
Coveted prizes for the fleet are six perpetual trophies - Richard Rheem, St. Francis, City of San Francisco, Atlantic, Keefe-Kilborn Memorial and the Commodore's Perpetual Trophy. Specially engraved Rolex timepieces also will be awarded to the perpetual trophy winners.
Racing takes place on San Francisco Bay within viewing range of Pier 39 and the Marina District, between Treasure Island and the Golden Gate Bridge, with the finish line set off the St. Francis Yacht Club Race Deck.
The Rolex Big Boat Series joins the list of other Rolex-sponsored events in 2005: the Giraglia Rolex Cup, Rolex Farr 40 World Championship, Rolex Fastnet Race, Maxi Rolex Cup, Rolex Middle Sea Race, the Rolex Miami OCR, Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship and the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race.