US Sailing Extends Partnership with Rolex Watch U.S.A.

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (July 11, 2017) – US Sailing announced today the continuation of their partnership with iconic watch brand, Rolex Watch U.S.A.

While continuing its position as the Official Timepiece of US Sailing and title sponsor of US Sailing’s Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year Awards, Rolex is recognized as the primary Corporate Patron to the US Sailing Foundation, the philanthropic entity that supports US Sailing programs, initiatives and services through donor investment. Through this recognition, Rolex is also a Corporate Partner of US Sailing’s Reach, a national STEM education initiative dedicated to educating sailing programs and schools on how to best utilize sailing as an educational platform.

US Sailing has long viewed Rolex as a brand that exemplifies excellence and precision. This new era in the relationship not only builds on the partnership that the two organizations have forged over three decades, but also continues the encouragement and promotion of excellence while highlighting the rich traditions of the sport.

“Our friends at Rolex have been a tremendous supporter of the US Sailing programs, services and events that play an important role in the development of sailing in the United States,” said Jack Gierhart, CEO of US Sailing. “We are excited about the future as we have so many great opportunities in our partnership to promote excellence and opportunity in sailing.”

US Sailing’s support from Rolex improves our overall capabilities and positively impacts our efforts to create and implement key educational and competitive initiatives that are essential in moving the sport forward for generations to come.

Media Contact: Jake Fish, Communications Manager, US Sailing,

About US Sailing
The United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the national governing body for sailing, provides leadership, integrity, and growth for the sport in the United States. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, US Sailing is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. US Sailing offers training and education programs for instructors and race officials, supports a wide range of sailing organizations and communities, issues offshore rating certificates, and provides administration and oversight of competitive sailing across the country, including National Championships and the US Sailing Team. For more information, please visit

About Rolex
Rolex, the leading brand of the Swiss watch industry, is headquartered in Geneva and enjoys an unrivalled reputation for quality and expertise the world over. Its Oyster watches, all certified as Superlative Chronometers for their precision, performance and reliability, are symbols of excellence, elegance and prestige. Founded by Hans Wilsdorf in 1905, the brand pioneered the development of the wristwatch and is at the origin of numerous major watchmaking innovations, such as the Oyster, the first waterproof wristwatch, launched in 1926, and the Perpetual rotor self-winding mechanism invented in 1931. Rolex has registered over 400 patents in the course of its history. A truly integrated and independent manufacturing company, Rolex designs, develops and produces all the essential components of its watches in-house, from the casting of the gold alloys to the machining, crafting, assembly and finishing of the movement, case, dial and bracelet. Rolex is also actively involved in supporting the arts, sports, exploration, the spirit of enterprise, and the environment through a broad palette of sponsoring activities as well as philanthropic programs.