Sydney To Hobart Yacht Race


No yacht race gathers the same media and public attention as the Sydney to Hobart yacht race in Australia. Sailors from every level of expertise, and yachts of all caliber, flock to Sydney Harbour for this momentous occasion every year. Boxing Day has different meanings for every country. For most, it’s the day everyone winds down after Christmas, and eats leftovers with the family. But in Australia, the Sydney to Hobart yacht race streams from every television, for as long as it takes the first boat to reach Hobart. And this year is no exception. Over the past 68 years, the Rolex Sydney Hobart has become an icon of Australia’s summer sport, ranking in public interest with such national events as the Melbourne Cup horse race, the Davis Cup tennis and the cricket tests between Australia and England. Gear up for another seriously exciting race this Boxing Day!

Sydney to Hobart yacht race 2013

Back again, this race is something not to miss. Whether you catch it on the TV, or you head down to Sydney Harbour to watch the first leg of the race, you’ll be thankful for it. The atmosphere alone is something to behold. People flock from all over NSW to watch the huge amount of yachts float in the Harbour, waiting for the horn to sound. This year, 97 yachts are registered to race, including 22 international entrants. Six-time line honours winner and current race record holder Wild Oats XI is again the boat to beat for line honours. In its 69th year, the Sydney to Hobart yacht race kicks off at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia. If you’re keen to watch the race opening down in Sydney Harbour, book yourself into the Hotel Urban Sydney for the night. With a North Sydney Hotel and even a Chatswood Shopping Centre Hotel, you’ll find a fantastic place to stay, and a great escape right after Christmas.

The Sydney to Hobart yacht race is an impressive event that ranks as one of the biggest Australian sporting events of the year. Wrap up Christmas with a bang, and don’t miss this incredible sight in your own Sydney Harbour.

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