628 sleepless miles at sea. The crews have no time for rest.

At the end of each day, there is the same mantra: just make it through the night unscathed. Iron-willed, and hardened by wind and waves, they battle the black, undulating expanse. These men and women were made for the sea.

SYDNEY HARBOUR START

Organized by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race begins at 1 pm on 26 December when more than 100 sailboats cross the starting line in Sydney Harbour. More than 400,000 spectators gather on Boxing Day to watch one of offshore racing’s most spectacular starts.

  • SETTING OFF
    The yachts head north out of Sydney Harbour before turning right towards Hobart, Tasmania, some 628 nautical miles away.
  • OVERCOMING CHALLENGES
    High seas and powerful winds make for daunting sailing conditions during the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.
  • END IN SIGHT
    The finish line beckons for one entrant as it passes Tasman Island's spectacular Organ Pipes formation on the approach to Storm Bay.
  • TRUE TEST OF SKILL
    Clear thinking and quick reflexes are essential for braving the constant dangers during the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.
  • THE LAST LEG
    Excitement mounts as sailors begin the final sprint in the Derwent River approaching Hobart.

CELEBRATING SUCCESS

On New Year's Eve, fireworks illuminate Constitution Dock, where participating crews and spectators revel after a thrilling adventure at sea.