Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Corum Sponsers Bol d'Or Mirabaud Inland Sailing Regatta
This shimmering beauty sports a dial so vivid blue, it is as though an entire miniature ocean washes against the bezel making soft foamy splashes. Of course its all in the mind, but doesn't our mind interpret what it perceives. A 48mm titanium and rubber case protects a COSC certified Corum automatic movement. A COSC certified movement is tested individually for 15 days, in 5 different positions at 3 different temperatures ensuring the watch can withstand varying conditions like those experienced in a regatta.
The Corum Admiral's Cup Chronograph 48 Bol d'Or Mirabaud is fusing its name to the world’s most important regatta on an inland lake by becoming Presenting Sponsor of the Bol d’Or Mirabaud, commencing on June 12 thus Corum is expanding its presence in the sailing sponsorship arena.
The Bol d’Or Mirabaud, is in its 72nd year. This prestigious race is a place where sailing stars are mixed with non-professional sailors, and the event is the pride of the Lake Geneva region and delights sailing enthusiasts.
However, there is another regatta linked to Corum - The Admiral's Cup. You are probably wondering what happened to that. Year after year, Corum has unveiled new additions to Admiral's Cup collection; the collection growing in popularity and the races future uncertain. To understand this one must understand a bit about the race.
The Admiral's Cup is an international yachting regatta. It was organized in 1957 by the Royal Ocean Racing Club based at Cowes, on the Isle of Wright in England. It was a biennial event, happening every odd-numbered years. From 1957 to 1999 the cup was competed between national teams, each having three boats. In the beginning only USA and Great Britain took part, but later other countries competed. The race was highly regarded and in 1971, British Prime Minister ,Edward Heath, captained one of the winning boats. The Admiral's Cup watches are being introduced year after year, growing in popularity. But what happened to the actual Admiral's Cup race? The race has not taken place in five years. It was canceled in 2001, 2005 ,2007, 2009.
In 2003 the competition was moved from Ireland to Australia for unknown reasons, and instead of being between different countries, it was watered down to a competition between different yacht clubs.
Yet, in 2011, the Admiral's Cup Regatta may be racing again. The Royal Ocean Racing Club is consulting with yacht clubs, boat owners and sailors from around the globe to to get their perspectives of holding the race, once again, in the summer of 2011. The RORC has secured support from Skandia, a UK leader of long-term investments and long time sponsorship of yachting, to research the feasibility of reviving the Admiral's Cup and restoring the the Admiral's Cup to prominence.