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Sydney Hobart


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 were made for the sea.

A yacht in the open seas
A bird's-eye view of the yachts leaving Sydney Harbour

Sydney Harbour Start

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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

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The yachts head north out of Sydney Harbour before turning right towards Hobart, Tasmania, some 628 nautical miles away.

Yachts departing
A yacht alone in the sea during the night

Night Watch

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As a cold front sets in, crews prepare for a challenging first night at sea.

A crew in action on the boat

Overcoming Challenges

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High seas and powerful winds make for daunting sailing conditions during the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

True Test of Skill

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Clear thinking and quick reflexes are essential for braving the constant dangers during the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

A yacht crew fighting against the sea
Yachts with Rolex logos

The Last Leg

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Excitement mounts as sailors begin the final sprint into Storm Bay approaching Hobart.

Warm Welcome

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Excited fans gather on land and on sea to greet the weary but exhilarated sailors at the end of their taxing voyage to Hobart.

Yachts arriving in Hobart
The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race sailing scene

Celebrating Success

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Fireworks and yachts at Constitution Dock

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