Rolex back Big Boats

New muscle behind event cancelled last year due to September 11 terrorist actions

Tuesday June 4th 2002, Author: James Boyd, Location: United States
Rolex Watch U.S.A. have announced they will be sponsoring the 2002 St. Francis Perpetual Trophy Regatta - Big Boat Series. After a hiatus last year due to the events of September 11, the annual regatta - now to be known as the Big Boat Series presented by Rolex - is scheduled for September 12-15, in San Francisco. In its 38th year, the regatta will be highlighted by Gary Jobson on ESPN's Best of the West program scheduled for broadcast in the autumn.

"St. Francis Yacht Club is very excited about our partnership with Rolex for this year's Big Boat Series", said Charles Hart, Commodore of the St. Francis Yacht Club. "San Francisco Bay's reputation for challenging racing has always drawn many world-class sailors to our waters. We are confident that with the addition of Rolex as a presenting sponsor, our event will provide as much entertainment for the competitor off the water as on the water."

The Big Boat Series presented by Rolex joins other prestigious Rolex-sponsored events including the Rolex Sydney-Hobart, Rolex Fastnet Race, International Rolex Regatta, Rolex IMS World Championship, New York Yacht Club's Rolex Transatlantic Race and Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex, Giralgia Rolex Cup and Rolex Commodores Cup.

Founded in 1927, St. Francis Yacht Club, within view of the Golden Gate Bridge, is a year-round host of over 40 regattas on San Francisco Bay. The club was host to the 2000 U.S. Olympic Sailing Trials for the Soling and Star classes and is renown for its expertise in running world and national championships.

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