< Back Rolex and Yachting SailGP Jul 11, 2023 < Back Boston has a special relationship with the sea. The coastline has been a center of trade since the 16th century, but is now also a popular destination for watercraft of all shapes and sizes, from elegantly simple pleasure boats to spectacular tall ships. There’s a certain New England sensibility that is particularly attractive to sailors –one part practical, and one part attracted to the sheer beauty of the sea. As the crown in sailing for more than 60 years, Rolex has forged strong relationships with yachting through its support of the most influential yacht clubs, sailors, races and regattas. Sharing the highest standards of excellence and passion for premium performance with these custodians of the sport's enduring spirit, Rolex is a leading and trusted partner. Rolex has remained a strong supporter of programs, such as the US Sailing Rolex Yachtsman of the Year award (most recently awarded to Boston University alumni Ravi Parent) and the Sail GP Championship. SailGP Rolex is the global Presenting Partner and exclusive Official Timepiece of the SailGP championship, a regatta circuit that pits the fastest sailing craft in the world against one another. It is raced on seas worldwide, on F50 foiling catamarans that seem to take flight across the water. Youtube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gd6CNULsQPA Innovation at the service of performance Crews made up of some of the best sailors. Identical catamarans, with foils and a rigid wing sail, capable of reaching 50 knots, or nearly 62 mph (100 km/h). Spectacular races that last 15 minutes at most. A season organized on the seas of five continents. Launched in 2019, the SailGP circuit has redefined the world of competitive sailing, utilizing innovative, continuously optimized catamarans. These flying yachts bear the colors of the countries they represent and embody the present and future of the sport. The SailGP championship has also generated the Impact League, the Women’s Pathway program and SailGP Inspire, initiatives aimed at promoting sustainability and diversity in the yachting world. Sir Ben Ainslie –Rolex Testimonee The gold standard in regatta racing With four gold medals and one silver, Sir Ben Ainslie achieved the outstanding feat of claiming a medal in the five consecutive Olympic Games he competed in. The British sailor races for the Royal Yacht Squadron, which Rolex has partnered since the 1980s. And as skipper of the Great Britain team, he is also one of the leading lights of the SailGP circuit. Sir Ben Ainslie wears a Yacht-Master 42. Hannah Mills –Rolex Testimonee A skipper committed to inclusion With two gold medals and one silver, Hannah Mills is the most successful woman Olympic sailor of all time. Winner of the Rolex World Sailor of the Year award in 2016 and 2021, she holds the position of tactician in the Great Britain SailGP crew. A SailGP ambassador for sustainable development, Mills is also highly committed to the inclusion of women in sailing. Hannah Mills wears a Yacht-Master 37. Rolex and Yachting — A partnership going the distance Yacht clubs, renowned sailors, iconic offshore races and some of the most celebrated regattas. For more than 60 years, Rolex has forged strong relationships with the world of yachting. A prominent yacht racing partner, the brand shares the common pursuit of excellence and a passion for premium performance with custodians of the sport’s enduring spirit. The Long’s team invites you to visit one of our locations in Massachusetts and New Hampshire to discover which model will best complement your lifestyle. As an Official Rolex Retailer, we are the only retailers allowed to sell Rolex watches. With the necessary skills and technical know-how, we will help you make the choice that will last a lifetime.