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Sydney to Hobart Race

brief history ...

The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is hosted by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, starting in Sydney on Boxing Day (the day after Christmas Day) and finishes in Hobart, which is the capital of Tasmania.

Sydney to Hobart yachting race
©2006 Gabriel Ditu

The race distance is approximately 628 nautical miles. The inaugural race was in 1945, making the 2021 race the 77th running of the event.

The race was initially planned to be a cruise, but has grown over the decades to become one of the pre-eminent offshore yacht races in the world and it now attracts maxi-yachts from as far afield as the US, the UK and Europe. Compiled from Wikipedia Encyclopedia

top vantage points

  • Sydney Harbour: Nielsen Park, Watsons Bay
  • Mosman: Georges Head
  • Eastern suburbs: South Heads, The Gap, Dover Heights, Vaucluse

tourist information ...

How to get there
You can go anywhere from Harbour Bridge to the Heads. In case you plan to go by ferry, please consider that the Sydney Ferries are not running as normal before the race. Check here.

Contact details:
Web site: Rolex - Sydney to Hobart Race

Hours of Operation:
Sydney to Hobart race starts from Sydney Harbour after 12:00 AM. For more details check Rolex - Sydney to Hobart Race page.
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