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Here in Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee, we are never far from nature. At Fink’s, we appreciate our proximity to jewels such as the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Roanoke River. And as a fourth-generation business, we know the importance of preserving these outdoor spaces for the future.

Rolex and Yachting


This summer, we’re getting into sailing, specifically the world of SailGP, the global racing league that uses only wind and water to propel its graceful boats around the world. With Rolex as the official timepiece of the championship, the brand continues to support excellence in sailing. It is the title sponsor of the Rolex US Grand Prix, which last June brought ten international teams competing with cutting-edge, high-performance foiling catamarans, F50s, to Chicago — the first of a twelve-city series of regattas that will travel through North America, Europe, the Arabian Peninsula and Oceania before the finale in San Francisco. 

Innovation at the service of performance

Crews made up of some of the best sailors. Identical catamarans, with foils and a rigid wingsail, capable of reaching 50 knots, or nearly 100 km/h. Spectacular races that last 15 minutes at most. A season organized on the seas of five continents. Launched in 2019, the SailGP circuit has redefined the world of competitive sailing, utilizing innovative, continuously optimized catamarans. These flying yachts bear the colors of the countries they represent and embody the present and future of the sport.

The SailGP championship has also generated the Impact League, the Women’s Pathway program and SailGP Inspire, initiatives aimed at promoting sustainability and diversity in the yachting world.

Sir Ben Ainslie –
Rolex Testimonee
The gold standard in regatta racing

With four gold medals and one silver, Sir Ben Ainslie achieved the outstanding feat of claiming a medal in the five consecutive Olympic Games he competed in.

The British sailor races for the Royal Yacht Squadron, with which Rolex has partnered since the 1980s. And as skipper of the Great Britain team, he is also one of the leading lights of the SailGP circuit.

Sir Ben Ainslie wears a Yacht-Master 42.

Hannah Mills – Rolex TestimoneeA skipper committed to inclusion

With two gold medals and one silver, Hannah Mills is the most successful woman Olympic sailor of all time. Winner of the Rolex World Sailor of the Year award in 2016 and 2021, she holds the position of tactician in the Great Britain SailGP crew. As a SailGP ambassador for sustainable development, Mills is also highly committed to the inclusion of women in sailing.

Hannah Mills wears a Yacht-Master 37.

Rolex and Yachting – A partnership going the distance

Yacht clubs, renowned sailors, iconic offshore races and some of the most celebrated regattas. For more than 60 years, Rolex has forged strong relationships with the world of yachting. A prominent yacht racing partner, the brand shares the common pursuit of excellence and a passion for premium performance with custodians of the sport’s enduring spirit.

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Maritime endeavors have been an important part of the Rolex community since its early days and the brand continues to innovate with high-performance watches, like the Yacht-Master which are still treasured by professional sailors competing at the highest levels.

The Fink’s team invites you to visit one of our locations in the South East to discover which model bests connect with you. As an Official Rolex Retailer, we are the only retailers allowed to sell Rolex watches. With the necessary skills and technical know-how, we will help you make the choice that will last a lifetime.

Contact us to book an in-store visit at one of our Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee boutiques today.

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