Image: The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is returning this year | Source: Navis Yachts

The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is Almost Here

The Annual Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is set to return to the Tasman Sea in under a month. The famous yacht race has taken place on Boxing Day for over 76 years. After the pandemic forced last year’s race to be cancelled, the event is officially back in action. This year, the race will see more women and families taking part than ever before in its new post-pandemic look.

The iconic race began in 1945, in the recovery from another challenging world event when a group of Sydney yachtsmen planned a celebratory Sydney to Hobart cruise. The annual event quickly gained momentum and has since taken its place among Australia’s most iconic sporting events.

Image: The start of the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race in 1972 | Source: Art Gallery of NSW

Starting in Sydney Harbour in New South Wales and finishing in Hobart’s Battery Point, the race covers around 630 nautical miles or 1,170¬†km. Taking place in the Tasman Sea, the race stretches down the south-east coast of mainland Australia,¬†through the Bass Strait towards the east coast of Tasmania before finishing up with the final crossing of the Derwent River and into the city of Hobart. The race is considered to be one of the most challenging yacht races in the world with the race tackling difficult weather conditions and several dangerous crossings.

Image: The race can tackle some challenging conditions Source: Sail World
Image: Passing some dramatic coastal scenery Source: New York Times

This year, the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race will see 106 boats take to the ocean. The fleet consists of boats from both Australia and overseas with New South Wales, Tasmania, Victoria, South Australia, the Australian Capital Territory all represented alongside three international entries from Monaco, Guernsey and Hong Kong.

Spectators can gather to watch the start and end of the race in Sydney and Hobart’s race villages. In Sydney, the village will be open on the waterside at CYCA with a number of visitor restrictions that align with the COVID-19 Government restrictions. In Hobart, the race village will be situated at the Constitution Dock and will also experience some COVID-19 limitations. Despite the pandemic-induced changes, there’s still going to be plenty to celebrate with the much anticipated return of the race this year.

Looking for information on more upcoming events this summer? Read about the best New Years Eve events in Perth and Sydney while you’re here.

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