Grand Prix Corum
As it opened the Challenge Julius Baer in 2009, this year the Grand Prix Corum closes the sailing season of
the D35 catamarans. This ultimate act of the competition promises an intense race as the podium holders
are known but their classification has to be determined. This week-end, September 17th to 19th, the twelve
teams will compete for the victory of the Grand Prix Corum between la Société Nautique de Genève and the
Creux de Genthod. The winner of the regatta will be rewarded with an Admiral’s Cup Chronograph 48 Grand
CORUM, a key player in the sailing world, establishes itself currently in all the major competitions on the circuit.
After announcing two partnerships in 2009 with team Okalys-CORUM and giving its name to the CORUM Grand
Prix (one of the major races of the Challenge Julius Baer), the independent watchmaker is continuing its conquest
in 2010 by recruiting the talented and charismatic Loïck Peyron and announcing its partnership with the Bol d’Or
Mirabaud in April allowing to underline a prestigious calendar year echoing the 50th anniversary of the iconic
Admiral’s Cup collection. The waters of Lake Geneva are now under the CORUM flag which will close the 2010
sailing season of the Challenge Julius Baer by offering a Grand Prix Corum 2010 limited edition timepiece to the
winner of the regatta.
Ultimate act of the season, the Grand Prix Corum is decisive for the podium. Considering the very low number of
points between the three finalists (Banque Populaire 13 pts – Foncia 14 pts – Alinghi 16pts) the podium will be highly competed and foresees a challenged regatta. Twelve catamarans will take the start off Geneva lakefronts this week-end.
Last year, team Okalys-Corum, helmed by Loïck Peyron, came close to victory by winning a silver medal in the final
of the Challenge Julius Baer. Having concluded 2009 season tied in points with Team Alinghi, the season 2010
turned out much more difficult for the team. Okalys-Corum enters the Grand Prix Corum with 29 points and 6th
position of the general classification. The podium of the Challenge Julius Baer is out of reach this year, but with
three consecutive victories (2005-2008) and a second place in 2009, the Grand Prix Corum remains one of
Nicolas Grange’s and his team’s favorite competition. Let’s wager that the wind of victory will blow in their sails to
conclude this season in beauty and win the official Grand Prix Corum watch.
Admiral’s Cup Chronograph 48 Grand Prix Corum
As an official partner of the CORUM Grand Prix and the Okalys-Corum team, the brand is launching this year an
official Grand Prix 2010 timepiece with the Okalys-Corum team colors. In line with the Admiral’s Cup collection,
this new timepiece joins the iconic models of the brand. With a titanium case and a dodecagonal bezel in rubber,
the Admiral’s Cup Chronograph 48 provides a dial decorated with monochromatic nautical pennants contrasted
by the hour markers, a second hand and two counter’s hands (minute counter at 3 o’clock and small second
counter at 9 o’clock) enhanced with the Okalys-CORUM team’s iconic orange color.
The Admiral’s Cup Chronograph 48 Grand Prix 2010 Corum houses the caliber CO753, a mechanical chronograph
movement with an automatic winding COSC certified chronometer, a reference in terms of reliability and accuracy.
This CORUM Grand Prix 2010 watch is perfectly suited to the technical performance of the Decision 35 OKALYSCORUM.
Best Picture Reward
Corum organises a photography competition during the Grand Prix Corum. The brand invites all amateurs and
professionals to take and send their best picture of the D35 Oklays-Corum and its team in navigation during the
week-end at firstname.lastname@example.org. The jury, composed of Loïck Peyron, ambassador and prestigious sailor, Nicolas
Grange, proprietary of the D35 Okalys-Corum, Loris Von Siebenthal, professional photograph and Gaëlle Gygax-
Zosso, communication director at Corum, will select the best picture. The winner will be rewarded with a sailing
tour on the Okalys-Corum catamaran.
The participation conditions are available on our website www.corum.ch
Chief Executive Officer of Corum, Antonio Calce said:
“Today Corum immerses itself in the sailing world by linking its name to sailors, its ambassadors and also to
prestigious competitions. These great waters allow Corum to evolve in its element while evoking the historical
connection of the brand to yachting. Today we participate in internationally renowned Swiss regattas, and this
allows us to solidify the identity of the brand. These events anchored in Swiss territory; let us share with our
markets and our customers our passion for watches and sailing. These moments are privileged ones that reinforce
ties and unite teams.”
Nicolas Grange, owner, skipper and helmsman of the Okalys-Corum added:
“It is true that our season 2010 did not occur as expected, considering the previous season where we were able to
stand up to the big teams of the circuit while finishing the championship at the second place tied in points with
Alinghi after 8 rounds. Different reasons can be mentioned, on one hand the reduced availability of my team due
to their professional or family activities. This implies a limited number of trainings and a lack of homogeneity of
the team due to the frequent rotation of the team members. On the other hand the level becomes always better
with the participation of professional teams which benefit from larger budgets and more training possibilities
before the regattas. However we are still able to compete with the best crews and for the Grand Prix Corum the
Okalys-Corum team will be complete and the trainings will start on Wednesday.
Winning the Grand Prix Corum is definitely our goal of this end of season and as this is one of our favourite
regattas we have already won several times, we remain confident for this last line.”
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