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Sydney To Hobart Yacht Race

Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race

It is with great regret that the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia announces that the 76th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race will not be proceeding in 2020. The impact of COVID-19 that has disrupted sporting events around the globe for so much of the year has added the Great Race to its list.

While the 2020 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race has unfortunately been cancelled, sailors and fans alike can still take part in the Great Race through Virtual Regatta. Play on PC, Mac or from your mobile device. Simply head to virtualregatta.com or your favourite app store. Sign up for free – then set up your boat and select your sails.

The Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race is a huge sporting event in Australia which is held on Boxing Day each year.

Attracting some of the best sailing crews in the world, the race travels from Sydney, 630 nautical miles (1100kms) south to Tasmania.

Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race 2021, Dates, Times, Course Route & Tracker

Considered to be one of the most difficult sailing events in the world, the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race takes around 1.5 days to complete. Interestingly, there is no prize-money for winning the race, rather, participants take part for the prestige associated with winning such a difficult race. Wild Oats is one of the most famous yachts to have won the race, counting 7 times out of 10 consecutive years.

The race record sits at around 1 day, 9 hours and 15 minutes. Each boat’s time is adjusted according to its size and expected speed, adopting a handicap system. Power to weight ratio is the most important factor in speed and most of the boats competing in the race are ‘sloops’ – single mast yachts.

For visitors wanting to view the race whilst they are in Sydney, head to Sydney Harbour as the fleet sails out to the Tasman Sea before heading south down the coast and over the Bass Strait. Head over to Nielsen Park where the cannons will signal the start of the race, usually around 1pm. For those wanting to get up close to the action, head over to Middle Head Lookout or Headland Park.

If you are coming to Sydney during the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, click the link below to explore the full range of accommodation options available.

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