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.
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 boats time is adjusted according to its size and expected speed, adopting a handicap sysem. 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 Neilsen 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.
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