Valencia, Spain, April 19th, 2007. Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), took an eventful turn as “18th man” on board the ETNZ boat. Invited by skipper and Omega Ambassador Dean Barker, Mr. Rogge had a close-up look at the thrilling world of America’s Cup-class sailing. Following his exciting afternoon on the boat, Jacques Rogge said "For a sailor like me, to be on such a boat it is like a violinist playing a Stradivarius”.
Welcoming Jacques Rogge to Valencia was Omega President Stephen Urquhart, who accompanied the IOC president on a visit to the ETNZ base, where Team Director Grant Dalton introduced Mr. Rogge to ETNZ skipper Dean Barker and the ETNZ team. After briefing his guests on the day’s event, Grant Dalton invited Jacques Rogge to board the ETNZ boat as official “18th man” for the afternoon’s sailing.
Stephen Urquhart welcomed Jacques Rogge back to base and later in the evening they went to the historic Mercado de Colon to inaugurate "Time for Challenges", the Omega exhibition that illustrates the brand's long-standing engagement with the pioneering spirit and which is divided into four sections: Aviation/History; Sailing; Olympic Games; and Space.
The Omega Seamaster NZL-32 Chronograph is the Official Watch of Team New Zealand. The NZL-32 was developed in collaboration with ETNZ skipper and Omega Ambassador Dean Barker.
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