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September 26, 2009updated Feb 11, 2013

Corum Ambassador Wins the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

On September 12th 2009, in Porto Cervo, Ben Ainslie, CORUM’s Ambassador, achieved a new victory by winning the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup on board the Alfa Romeo III boat. It was alongside Neville Crichton in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, that Ben won the first place in the Mini Maxi Racing category. After setting a new record at the Transpacific Yacht Race in July, the Alfa Romeo team once again achieved a great performance by winning the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in the Mini Maxi Racing category.

The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, in conjunction with the International Maxi Association, started on Monday, September 7th and ended on Saturday, September 12th. The races took place in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, where it saw 42 maxis enrolled and between 5 to 7 races held for each of the various divisions over the course of the week.

Eight Maxi Yachts were competing for the Mini Maxi Racing title. In the duel, opposing owners/helmsmen Neville Crichton on the Alfa Romeo III (10 points), won the competition ahead of Hap Fauth on Bella Mente (11 points), and Peter Ogden on Jethou (14 points).

Ben Ainslie won three out of the seven races of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup together with the Alfa Romeo team and always placed in the top four. The team once again proved its talent as well as its great team spirit, led by Neville Crichton together with Ben Ainslie as tactician.

Neville Crichton is both renowned and respected for his exceptional performances in business and sport, with a series of spectacular achievements in both arenas. He has successfully competed in a number of major international races including the Admiral’s Cup series in England, and quickly earned a reputation as one of the world’s foremost yachtsmen. By winning the Admirals’ Cup, Neville Crichton has indirectly linked his destiny to Corum’s history.

Ben’s next stage will be the Argo Group Gold Cup in Hamilton, Bermuda, as the penultimate event on the World Match Racing Tour.

Ben Ainslie, one of the best sailors in the world, owns various Admiral’s Cup watches, including the emblematic Admiral’s Cup Tides 48 watch. He was won over by this watch because the model combines both a world-exclusive complication and an indispensable sailing instrument. As one of the major complications mastered by CORUM, the exclusive Admiral’s Cup Tides 48 movement puts the brand right up amongst the finest names in the watchmaking world.

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