THE VELUX 5 OCEANS today announced Nautica Watches as the official timekeeper of the solo round the world race. The partnership brings together the prestigious lifestyle brand, and the VELUX 5 OCEANS, the oldest continually held round the world yacht race.
Nautica Watches will provide the official countdown to the start of each of the five ocean sprints that make up the 30,000-mile VELUX 5 OCEANS. Each of the VELUX 5 OCEANS racers and race VIPs will also be presented with a Nautica NST Yachtimer chronograph watch featuring a race countdown timer and stopwatch.
Being able to accurately tell the time is vital for the skippers while at sea. It’s essential that their timekeeping is accurate so they can maintain optimum performance. Their Eco 60 yachts can travel at speeds of up to 35mph and when sailing in the Southern Ocean time zones change frequently. Knowing the right time is also key to being able to plan for oncoming weather systems. Watches can also be used to determine a yacht’s position using navigation by the stars – crucial for skippers if electronic navigation systems fail.
Nautica Watches combine distinctive styling, bold colours and unique design, all inspired by sailing and the sea. Their functionality reflects an energetic lifestyle and fuses the best of classic American style with the latest technical innovation. Nautica Watches is a division of the Timex Group, the Official Watch Supplier of the VELUX 5 OCEANS.
Linda Calvert, Nautica Watches Global Brand Director said: “Nautica Watches is very proud to be the official watch supplier for the prestigious VELUX 5 OCEANS. This partnership reaffirms the heritage of the Nautica brand, and its close association with the sailing community since it was founded in 1983.  We wish all of the courageous competitors the best of luck in this extraordinary event.”
Commenting on the partnership, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Chairman of Clipper Ventures and the VELUX 5 OCEANS, added, “The skippers of the VELUX 5 OCEANS will sail through some of the most extreme conditions on the planets, and their watches need to withstand these harsh environments. As a leading watch brand with a global presence and world class products, Nautica Watches is ideally positioned to supply the skippers of The Ultimate Solo Challenge.”
The VELUX 5 which started yesterday from La Rochelle in France is made up of five gruelling ocean sprints within one solo marathon. Known as The Ultimate Solo Challenge, the race stops in Cape Town, Wellington, Salvador and Charleston before returning to La Rochelle in June 2011.