The Melbourne to Launceston Yacht Race (M2L) is the oldest ocean race in Australia and ranks fifth worldwide. Helly Hansen – HH – has naming rights for the 2011 event.
On December 27 the gun is fired and the fleet of beautiful yachts takes off on a two-day journey to the Beauty Point Marina in Tasmania.
It is an arduous journey crossing Bass Strait and requires crews to possess night sailing skills and immense stamina.
Bass Strait is renowned as one of the world's toughest stretches of water, adding to the excitement and intrigue that surrounds this great event every year.
Wild storms and aggressive waves have wreaked havoc on many a boat attempting to complete this difficult voyage, with a number of wrecks scattered about the islands and coastal areas.
If you are planning to be in Tasmania between Christmas and New Year this is a fantastic opportunity to see the leading yachts hit the finish line.
At Beauty Point you will be privileged to brilliant views of the closing stage.
When the race is over this is a great place to spend a few extra days visiting wineries and enjoying fine Tasmanian cuisine along the Tamar River.