From 1st until 9th September 2001, OMEGA was Official Timekeeper of Austria's foremost sailing event. It is rare for potential organisers to attract such a prominent event as the European Soling Championships to Austrian waters. This highlight in the 2001 Austrian sporting calendar is the merit of the Kammersee sailing club, one of the most successful sailing clubs in Austria, which has already spawned several successful sailors. As the biggest Soling club in Austria and the organiser of the biennial National Soling Championships, the SCK has made a name for itself on international level. It was this that helped the club, based in Attersee, to secure the European Soling Championships 2001 in the face of competition from countries with sea ports. <br/>
Work on preparing and staging this event started in 1997. In accordance with the club's objectives - promoting the sport of sailing and encouraging up and coming sailors in Austria by organising regattas - the perfect organisation of Soling Euro 2001 on land and on water took top priority. The organisers therefore needed a correspondingly prominent and competent partner for the timekeeping.
Thanks to the experience it has gained from timekeeping over 21 Olympic Games, OMEGA feels at home in any sporting discipline. In international sailing, the Swiss watchmaker has already proved its competence as Official Timekeeper to this year's America's Cup Jubilee Regatta in Cowes (UK). As in 2000, OMEGA will again be Official Timekeeper for the next America's Cup in 2003. For OMEGA Austria, the Soling Euro 2001 in Attersee was therefore a unique opportunity to present the brand in this sport.
The elegant OMEGA hospitality marquee, with plenty of space for a professional presentation of the brand, welcomed participants, VIP guests and journalists before and after the regattas. Olympic champions Roman Hagara and Hans-Peter Steinacher seized the opportunity to follow the start of the first regatta at first hand on a yacht reserved exclusively for OMEGA guests.
The highlight of the programme was a sailing evening organised by OMEGA, where, in a relaxed atmosphere, the company provided interesting information on the history of sports timekeeping, as well as "blakexpeditions", to some 150 guests.
OMEGA presented each of the three-member crew of the winning yacht with its limited-edition Seamaster America's Cup watch, a model much sought-after among sailing fans. It was all the more satisfying, therefore, to see an Austrian yacht convincingly win the European Championship title: thanks to superb timing, Christian Binder, Franky Fellner and Volker Moser secured themselves the gold medal and the OMEGA watches.
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