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How Rolex nurtures some of the biggest races in sailing

Since 1958, Rolex has partnered prestigious yacht clubs around the world. Here are a few to know.

  • New York Yacht Club


    Having worked with Rolex since 1958, the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) is the club that marks where it all started – “it” being the watch company’s dozen official partnerships with yacht clubs around the world. Working with those prominent players, Rolex has helped to grow some of sailing’s biggest events. The founder of the famous America’s Cup, the NYYC is also behind the biennial Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup, an event that pays tribute to the Corinthian spirit – the spirit of sportsmanship in amateur sport. The event sees teams racing identically tuned IC37 boats on Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island Sound.

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  • Ben AInslie

    Ben Ainslie

    He took up the sport at the age of eight. Today, Sir Ben Ainslie is one of the most successful sailors in Olympic history, having bagged five medals – four of them gold – in five consecutive Olympics since 1996. Having retired from Olympic competition in 2012, the English sailor now focuses his energies on the America’s Cup. In 2013, he won with the US-based team, Oracle. Now, the four-time Rolex World Sailor of the Year is looking to lead a British team to win the America’s Cup, which would break a 168-year-old spell.

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