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12 May 2008



World's oldest solo sailing race starts May 11th in Plymouth

When the Artemis Transat started from Plymouth on Sunday the 11th of May, OMEGA proudly continued its association with the race as Official Timekeeper.


A giant OMEGA clock aboard the Royal Navy’s HMS Argyll, a Type 23 frigate, counted down to the start of the race at 1400 BST on Sunday, May 11th. OMEGA’s precision timekeeping is being put to the test at key race milestones as the fleet cross race gates and ultimately the finish line in Boston, Massachusetts. The elapsed time from the start of the race can be followed on the OMEGA clock on the Artemis Transat’s official website: .


OMEGA will also be offering six “The Artemis Transit” special edition watches as prizes to competing skippers: three for the podium winners in the IMOCA class, one for the Class 40 winner, one for the first boat to Omega Race Gate 1 at Eddystone Lighthouse, the first gate of the course, and one for the 24-hour distance record setter in the race.


The challenging Artemis Transit has created some of sailing’s greatest legends over nearly half a century – a list which includes OMEGA ambassador Dame Ellen MacArthur who won in a monohull in 2000 at the age of 23.