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Focus // regatta // Thursday, 14 July 2011

The skipper, the sea and his watch

During warm summer days, the ocean never fails to cast its irresistible spell on holidaymakers yearning for a taste of sea air and possibly a little spin out on their boats with friends. Once again, watchmakers are at the ready. Last June, Hublot was in the news again with the launch of its Oceanographic 4000, a watch able to resist pressure at 4,000 metres below the surface, sponsored by the...

Christophe Roulet

 
regatta // Thursday, 14 July 2011

Boat-racing, a well-oiled machine

Boat-racing watches have the unique feature of being fitted with a stopwatch which usually show the last 10 minutes prior to the start of a sailing competition. This information can be seen through a system of apertures, which gradually change colour, or hands on tiny counters. In this category, Rolex released its Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master II this year in Rolesor Everose (a combination of...

Christophe Roulet

 
regatta // Thursday, 14 July 2011

The four stages of boat racing

Boat races are made up of several rounds split into four defining "stages". The starting signal, announcing the time when the competitors can cross the line, is preceded with a preparatory stage lasting between 3 and 10 minutes, the last minute is obviously the most important, indeed it is during this time that the winner may even be determined. For sailors, this stage, which ranges from...

Christophe Roulet