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Chelsea Clock Creates "Mariner" Trophy For Marblehead To Halifax Ocean Race 2011

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  • Boston, MA-NH (1888PressRelease) July 09, 2011 - Massachusetts-based Chelsea Clock, 114-year-old maker of fine nautical clocks, barometers and tide instruments, has been named one of the official trophy sponsors of the Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race 2011 (in conjunction with the Annapolis to Newport Race 2011) , and has created an exclusive "Chelsea Clock Mariner Trophy" for this biennial sailing event that challenges racers on a 363-nautical-mile course from Marblehead, Massachusetts to Halifax, Nova Scotia.

    "Chelsea Clock is honored to be a part of this exciting sailing event," says JK Nicholas, CEO of Chelsea Clock. "The Marblehead to Halifax Race is a challenging international competition that draws best-in-class racers from all corners of the world. As a company with a long, rich history of marking time at sea, we are proud to create a special award that acknowledges such notable winning achievements and celebrates the adventurous spirit of today's competitive sailors."

    Race entrants in both the Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race 2011 and the Annapolis to Newport Race 2011 in the IRC, PHRF, PHRF Cruising Canvas or Double-Handed divisions will be eligible to compete for the Chelsea Clock Mariner Trophy. First, second and third place keeper trophies, also created by Chelsea Clock, will be awarded in each of the four divisions.

    "We are ecstatic to have Chelsea Clock as partners and appreciate their efforts in making the Chelsea Clock Mariner Competition a reality. It is a substantial investment in the present and future of the Marblehead to Halifax and Annapolis to Newport Races, and weaves three storied nautical traditions tightly together -- our two races and their finely crafted timepieces. The Chelsea Clock Mariner Trophy is a truly impressive anchor, both to this competition and to our continued alliance," says Peter Barnet, Boston Yacht Club Race Chair of the Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race.

    One of the oldest, continuously running international yacht races in North America, the Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race 2011 begins on Sunday, July 10, 2011, just outside of Marblehead Harbor. The race brings both professional and seasoned sailors from all over North America. Started in 1905 as a friendly competition between yachts sailing between Marblehead and Halifax, the race ran sporadically until 1939, when the Boston Yacht Club (third oldest yacht club in the United States) teamed forces with the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron (the oldest yacht club in North America) and formalized the biennial event. Since then, the Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race has run continuously, alternating with the Newport Bermuda Race, as the pre-eminent North Atlantic Ocean Race. For more information on the Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race, visit www.marbleheadtohalifax.com.

    The Chelsea Clock Mariner Trophy
    The Chelsea Clock Mariner Trophy, designed as a perpetual trophy for both the Boston Yacht Club and Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron, is a special edition of the company's famed Mariner clock, first patented and produced by Chelsea in 1911. Considered one of the finest nautically-inspired clocks ever made in this country, the Mariner is a true masterpiece of American clock making. An exact reproduction of an original yacht wheel, the Mariner Trophy features Chelsea Clock's renowned chiming Ship's Bell mechanism, boasting eleven jeweled movements and three hundred and sixty-four brass and gold-plated precision parts. The clock's dial is painstakingly crafted of deeply etched brass that is hand silvered and enameled. The wood base and back are crafted of solid mahogany, while the wheel's ring and base are finished using a proprietary hand-rubbed copper bronze-finishing process. The Chelsea Clock Mariner Trophy measures an impressive 17 inches high and weighs thirty-three pounds.

    About Chelsea Clock
    Founded in 1897 in Chelsea, Massachusetts, Chelsea Clock is the oldest clock company in America, and one of the most renowned and respected makers of fine nautical timepieces. The chimes of the Chelsea Clock Ship's Bell, originally designed and patented in 1898, have long alerted U.S. Navy sailors and worldwide mariners to the time during their "watch," earning the company a distinguished reputation for producing authentic, high-quality nautical timepieces. Today, Chelsea Clock continues to produce a broad range of precision clocks that meet stringent government standards, accurately keeping time aboard Liberty Ships, submarines, aircraft carriers and other official seafaring vessels. Chelsea Clock nautical clocks, barometers and tide instruments can be found in nearly every port in the world, gracing the cabins and interiors of some of the most luxurious yachts and sailboats navigating the open seas. The company's wide range of nautical products is available through fine marine merchants, specialty shops, jewelers and gift stores, as well as online at www.ChlelseaClock.com. For more information about Chelsea Clock, call 1-866-899-2805 or visit www.ChelseaClock.com.

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