Crown and sail

Crown and sail

Clock: Manufacture Rolex is considered one of the leading organizers of sailing regattas. Details of the most prestigious of them found Anastasia Zaitseva.

Relations with the Rolex sailing for over 50 years — from all disciplines supported by the company, this sport is special. It has the excitement and unpredictability, as well as a sense of absolute freedom of the high seas. Add to that the entourage of the most prestigious ports and the global business elite and aristocratic as participants — a better background for the watch brand is not found.

Today, Rolex Yachting portfolio has about 20 regattas. And participation in two of them add points to any sailing resume. In June, the views of the yachting community is traditionally confined to Saint-Tropez, where the Giraglia Rolex Cup — one of the oldest races in the Mediterranean. It was created after World War II for the strengthening of relations between Italy and France, which suffered greatly during Fascism (route symbolically passed on the French Cote d’Azur to the Italian).

Today Giral — one of the largest and most representative regattas annually to start out about 200 crews from around the world. Competitions last week: to warm up the participants offer a series of coastal races and then the fleet out at the start of an offshore regatta length of 240 nautical miles. Crews need to go all the way from Saint-Tropez to San Remo, bypassing topped rock Giral lighthouse at the northern coast of Corsica. Light this race will not name: the fickle wind, sometimes reduced to a calm, tests the nerves of even the most well-organized team. The result is virtually unpredictable, the winner’s name — always intriguing.

Older sister Giral — Rolex Fastnet Race — held every two years in August (this year from 11th to 16th) in the region of south-west coast of England. Instead of Mediterranean bliss sailors waiting ordeal North Sea and a longer route — 608 miles. Starting at the legendary Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes club, the race passes through the symbolic point of the English Channel, and then be sent via the Celtic Sea to the Fastnet rock near the south coast of Ireland and on to the finish in Plymouth. About Fast-net Race write a book and make a film and if a run look at the list of participants and the winners of the previous years, you meet a lot of characters covers Time, and the most successful people in the world — from media mogul Ted Turner to Skype founder Niklas Zennstrema. Participation, however, is completely open, the main thing — to register in advance: at the start can go only 300 crews. This year’s list was completed by a day after the start of the electronic registration, people who are accustomed to tame the elements, have a lightning reaction.

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