5 posts tagged sailing
5 posts tagged sailing
This past summer we brought you play-by-play updates from the around-the-world Volvo Ocean Race, and especially the thrilling experience of Abu Dhabi Racing’s entrant Azzam. Sailing on the open water: potentially harsh conditions, constant spray, and punishing winds – it requires a timepiece to withstand it all. We believe the IWC Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph stands up to such a test, and more, and so wanted to share some of its traits with you.
The IWC Portuguese Yacht Club Chrono ready for action
While this exquisite timepiece is inspired by Yacht Club designs from the 1960’s to 1970’s there has never been a chronograph included in the lineage. Additionally, this is the only member of our IWC Portuguese watch family with a rubber strap – creating what we consider the perfect marriage of sophistication and sportsmanship.
Unique with its rubber strap, making this watch the necessary outdoor accessory
With a water resistance to six bar, the IWC Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph is ready for any nautical adventure, and the additional flange with quarter-second calibration allows for the tracking of short periods of time. Laps, heats, or speed of descent is all monitored closely.
The ability to track short or long times makes this a versatile timepiece
The 89360-calibre provides self-winding precision and boats an impressive 68 hour power reserve. Given that the chronograph feature allows you to read off especially long time measurements, the power reserve can definitely come in use!
But back to the aforementioned race. As it turns out we issued a Volvo Ocean Race Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph edition in honor of the crew of the Azzam and the other entrants in this year’s competition. Produced in titanium, with a carbon fiber dial, it represented the pinnacle of durability.
The collection of IWC Portuguese Yacht Club Chronos
In addition to the special edition titanium, we offer this incredible watch in stainless steel and red gold, all with the rubber band. Before your next sailing excursion or even a rambunctious day in town, be sure to discover the IWC Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph.
The zzam and her crew may have arrived in Galway, the final stop of the Volvo Ocean Race, but the activities continued with in-port racing, celebrations around the city, and the opportunity to meet some notable locals. As Adil Khalid shared with us last week “The Irish are always so warm, hospitable and welcoming”, and they did not disappoint.
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing’s team were introduced to fellow athletes and “Galway hurling royalty”, the Connolly brothers. The four of them: Joe, John, Padraic and Murth, along with three other brothers, won the 1980 All-Ireland Club Championship representing their team, Castlegar.
Hurling legends the Connolly brothers salute Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing’s Irish bowman, Justin Slattery of Cork
Like competitive sailing, hurling is comprised of teams playing against each other, in what is considered to be the fastest on-field play (although compared to battling waves in the Southern Ocean, that may be up for debate!).
The brothers spoke at length with Azzam’s bowman, fellow Irishman Justin Slattery, about teamwork: “We know a lot about what it means to be a team, and how you rely on others to find that winning formula…” shared John Connolly. He went on to lead his brothers (along with the Azzam’s faithful crew) to a second place finish in the Galway Pro-Am.
The Connolly brothers – Padraic (far left), John (inside left), Murt (centre left) and Joe (far right), with cousin John Conneely (inside right) - with Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing’s Irish bowman, Justin Slattery of Cork, and the Abu Dhabi falcon.
To understand teamwork, dedication, and continuous innovation is a universal trait amongst world class athletes — and it is here that stars of two very different sports can converge and collaborate.
At IWC Schaffhausen we also understand the need to utilize teamwork in order to the search for new materials, and technical ingenuity to continually move our products and our work forward. World class results — be they in the fiber of a boat or the precision of a timepiece — require an absolute dedication to being the best.
We have been followig what we consider to be the best sailing crew, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, for nine months and with the race complete, so is our coverage. Not to fear there will be more athletic pursuits we will bring you, as well as updates on what the Azzam and her crew will endeavor next.
It seems like yesterday we were wishing the crew of the Azzam ‘bon voyage’ as they left Alicante, Spain to begin the 2011/2012 Volvo Ocean Race. For Skipper Ian Walker and his crew, the almost nine months at sea has been filled with incredible experiences – many of which we have shared with you here.
Last week you read about life on board Azzam just one aspect of the physical and emotional challenges team Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing faced every day. As the boat left the French coastal city of Lorient last week, she embarked on the ninth and final leg of this year’s VOR… and her arrival this week into Galway, Ireland.
The Azzam rounding a lighthouse en route to Galway
For one person on board Azzam the Irish coast is familiar territory – Adil Khalid, the VOR’s first Gulf participant, used Galway as his training ground before the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008.
Adil Khalid on board Azzam during Leg 9
“The Irish are always so warm, hospitable and welcoming; in many ways it reminds me of Abu Dhabi. I have very fond memories of Galway…”, Khalid shared. Given the relatively short course length, 485 nautical miles, Khalid and his team did not have long to go before seeing the shores of the Emerald Isle.
Highlights of Leg 9’s start
However, as with each leg in the race this one is still fraught with challenges from both the surrounding terrain and uncertain weather patterns in the area. Keeping these potential adversities in mind, team ADOR was angling for a position on the podium for their performance in the leg, a goal Khalid acknowledged: “…getting away from the fleet in the early stages will be key to our podium chances.”
Azzam braving stormy conditions from Lorient to Galway
As he finishes up his first VOR Khalid also has his eyes on another podium, hoping for a wildcard berth to compete in this summer’s London Olympic Games. Relaying what is a universal truth for all competitive athletes, Khalid relayed: “the Olympics are the ultimate dream for anyone participating in sport.”
But first things first, Khalid and his teammates will continue to enjoy a large celebration in Galway, hosted und the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, the official sponsor of Azzam and her crew. It will be a fitting finish to the round-the-world 39,000 mile race and acknowledgment of all thhKey have accomplished. For Adil Khalid the race has provided a new growth and maturity: “I really feel like an old soul now.”
Khalid and the rest of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing celebrate in Galway
We happily greet Azzam and her tireless crew in Galway and congratulating them on a race well sailed.