Rotary puts support behind Clipper Race 2013/14


Rotary Aquaspeed has once again renewed its sponsorship deal as the official timekeeper of the Clipper Race 2013/14. Rotary revealed its countdown clock at an event celebrating the GB yacht. The renewed sponsorship follows the success of the partnership for the 2011/12 event.

The brand renewed its sponsorship as Official Timekeeper of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race after a successful global campaign in the last edition of the biennial year-long international event.

On July 31, Trafalgar Square was home to the official launch event of the GB Yacht where Rotary provided a countdown clock.

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Rotary has been designing sport watch lines since the 1950s. In 2009, the Rotary Aquaspeed family launched as a small collection of dedicated sports watches.

In celebration of the GB yacht, a 70-foot ocean racing yacht was launched in Trafalgar Square by Sports Minister Hugh Robertson and the Clipper Race founder Sir Robin Knox Johnston.

As official timekeeper, Rotary provided a digital countdown clock, which is positioned at the back of the yacht and can be seen by onlookers.

The GB yacht remained on public display until August 4, allowing anyone interested in the race the rare opportunity of seeing a Clipper 70 ocean racer out of the water.

The Great Britain yacht will sail back into the capital with the rest of the 12-strong Clipper Race fleet over the August Bank Holiday weekend to spend a week in St Katharine Docks, prior to departing from Tower Bridge on the Thames on September 1 on its 40,000-mile race around the world. The fleet will return to London almost 11 months later in July 2014.

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