Ben Ainslie – Neville Crichton – The wining combination
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 of the Alfa Romeo III boat. It is alongside Neville Crichton in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, that Ben won the first place in the Mini Maxi Racing category.
After having set 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, www.worldmatchracingtour.com. At only 32 years old, Ben is collecting records and awards and achieving a very high standard of performance, writing new chapters in sailing history.
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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Positioned as an exclusive brand, CORUM offers high-quality watch collections featuring an innovative and distinctive design, and equipped with sophisticated mechanical movements. Its 150 current references, spread between four key pillars – Admiral’s Cup, Romvlvs, Corum Bridges and Artisans – enjoy a legitimacy rooted in the brand history. The full set of collections comprises models at prices ranging from $4,800 to $1 million US dollars and giving pride of place to precious metals and horological complications.
Founded in 1955 in la Chaux-de-Fonds, CORUM has since 2005, undergone a complete renaissance that has enabled it to achieve a perfect match between the product and the demands for quality and creativity that are the very foundations of its credibility. Its firmly upscale move is a logical result of the brand’s efforts to recapture its historical standing while significantly reinforcing its horological substance. CORUM’s substantial investments have led to the integration of watchmaking professions, the development of production tools, the enhancement of human resources and the promotion of staff training. The result is a brand once again entirely in tune with its genetic heritage.
Ben Ainslie has been CORUM’s Ambassador since July 17th, 2008. The sailor and the Swiss watch brand CORUM go back quite a way; the company was his first ever sponsor making him the proud owner of a CORUM watch when he began his professional sailing career at the age of 17.
The three-time ISAF World Sailor of the Year competed in his first Olympics in 1996 in Atlanta when he was 19 years old, taking home the silver medal in the Laser. After winning back-to-back Laser Worlds in 1998 and 1999, Ainslie brought home his first gold medal from Sydney in 2000. After switching to the Finn in 2002, he won three consecutive world championships, and went on to capture the gold in Athens. Since then, Ben has won two more Worlds, giving him a total of seven world championship titles. Ben Ainslie made his fourth consecutive Olympic appearance when sailing in Qingdao where the Beijing 2008 regatta took place, and will aim for his fourth in four year’s time when the Olympic Games will be held in his home country, Great Britain, in 2012.
In winning his third consecutive Olympic gold medal, Ben is now the joint second most decorated sailor at the Olympics – ever. He has also earned himself a place in British Olympic history as the most decorated of all British Olympic sailors.
A passionate devotee of sailing and the sea in general, Ben is also a watch connoisseur and collector. He was won over by the Admiral’s Cup Tides 48 from CORUM because this model combines both a world-exclusive complication and an indispensable sailing instrument.
With CORUM alongside him, Ben continues his quest for success, and the watch brand of La Chaux-de-Fonds intends to support and celebrate Ben’s international sporting achievements.
The Admiral’s Cup Tides 48 worn by Ben Ainslie
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 watch making world. For coastal regions with a twice-daily lunar cycle (in which the sea rises and falls every 12 hours and 25 minutes on average), the Admiral’s Cup Tides 48 provides all the key information on tides: the lunar cycles and the strength of the tide, an estimation of water levels, the strength of the currents, and the time of the tides.
The three different mechanisms composing the tides movement called for around three years of development in cooperation with the Geneva Astronomical Observatory and the SHOM in Brest.
The counter at 12 o’clock indicates the various states of the moon, thereby reproducing its position in relation to the earth and the sun and defining the strengths of the tides that are expressed by coefficients.
The counter at 6 o’clock indicates the time of low and high tides and indication of the time of the day in a 24 hour period.
The rising and falling tide indications are displayed at 9 o’clock, as well as the intensity of the current.