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