Oct
26
2012

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

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A huge yachting event in Australia's calendar, the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, will have competitors sail the waters once again from December 26.

In its 68th year, the event has become an "icon of Australia's summer sport" as yachties travel through the waters of Sydney Harbour, the Tasman Sea, Storm Bay and the Derwent River.

The course is often described as the "most gruelling long ocean race in the world" with those taking part, sailing across 628 nautical miles.

Known internationally, the Rolex Sydney Hobart is considered one of the world's great offshore races, beginning in 1945 and sponsored by Rolex for the last decade.

The race kicks off in Sydney Harbour, moving out to the Tasman Sea, travelling down the south-east coast of Australia, crossing the Bass Strait and then heading down Tasmania's east coast.

The yachts will then move into Storm Bay, sailing in the homestretch up the Derwent River to Tasmania's capital city Hobart.

Interest in the race has already started to build up with the entry of Bob 'Robbo' Robertson's yacht Lunchtime Legend bringing in the 50th entry, with the fleet growing to 60 just hours later.

Robertson says this is his crew's year to take the glory, after coming off with a win in the Magnetic Island Race Week series and taking second place in the Hamilton Island regatta and Airlie Beach Race Week.

Lunchtime Legend is expected to be 'leaner and meaner' in this year's Rolex Sydney Hobart with a younger crew who are 'fired up' with Australian successes at the 2012 Olympics.

Applications for entry close on November 1 at 17:00, with entries to the race wrapping up on November 30 also at 17:00.

If you are interested in competing, visit the Rolex Sydney Hobart website to submit your application for entry.

Jockeying for position after the start on Sydney Harbour - Image Credit Tourism Australia

Logo for the Rolex 2012 Race

Waiting crowds for the winners

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Comments

  • admin says:

    The S2H finish line is adjacent to the CSIRO Research building, however the main action and where the yachts come in to a huge local welcome is next to Elizabeth Pier on the waterfront. From there, what happens is that the craft blast across the finish line just a little out of view, head upriver toward the Bridge where they become fully visible, down sails, all in full view, then come into the berthing area.
    Hope that clarifies. Best spot is the docks. You can easily move around the vantage points, eat, drink and coffee.
    At the finish line – essentially it is a bit of a no-mans land with just the office and not much else – there are certainly no facilities.
    best yet, the docks are full alive with S2H, M2H and L2H races all having their ‘finishes’ in the Sullivans Cove, Kings Pier, Elizabeth Pier area. It fairly hums with activity.

  • Evan says:

    Can someone please tell me the best viewing sites to see the race finish in Hobart?
    We plan to be in Hobart from 25 to 31 Dec.
    Nowhere can I find this info out in the Tassie links
    Thank You

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