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The famed SOLAS Big Boat Challenge within Sydney Harbour - see YouTube vid below
Christian Beck’s super-maxi Law Connect won the famed SOLAS Big Boat Challenge within Sydney Harbour in ideal conditions at the weekend, with the traditional buildup towards the Rolex Sydney Hobart race on December 26th also taking in the Cabbage Tree…
Kinsale's Cian McCarthy and Sam Hunt, who have been cutting a successful swathe through Irish offshore racing for more than two years now, are making a tilt at the Sydney Hobart Two-Handed title this Christmas
A diverse fleet, including multiple former winners and some key Irish offshore interests, will take on the 628 nautical mile Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race on St. Stehpen's Day. One hundred and thirteen boats are entered for the 78th running…
Steph Lyons in action at the sharp end of the Sydney 38 Wild One
Former Kinsale sailor Steph Lyons, the Kildare horsewoman who includes experience of the Sail Training Brigantine Asgard II in her seafaring story, is continuing to add to her remarkable CV in Australia, where she works in a senior role in…
Flying machine. Denis Power of RStGYC is racing the 2023 Sydney-Hobart aboard the Radford/McIntyre 55 Arctos
The 2023 Rolex Sydney-Hobart Race on December 26th is now less than two months away, and with the entry list closed at 120 boats, we’re learning of more direct Irish involvement to add to Cian McCarthy and Sam Hunt of…
A Sydney Hobart race starts. The lineup for the 2023 race of 120 boats is one of the most diverse in years
Entries for the 78th annual Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race have closed, and the lineup of 120 boats is one of the most diverse in years. The 628 nautical mile race, set to start on St. Stephen's Day, December 26th,…
The Sun Fast 3300 Cinnamon Girl from Kinsale with her
The Sun Fast 3300 Cinnamon Girl from Kinsale, sailed two-handed by Cian McCarthy and Sam Hunt, has been cutting a successful swathe through Irish offshore racing for more than two years now. But in December, they'll be making the top-level…
Celestial, the overall winner of the 2022 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia has announced that the 78th edition of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is off to a great start with 66 entrants signed up, just 99 days before the historic race on St. Stephen's…
The 2022 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race St. Stephen's Day Start
The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) has opened entries for eligible yachts for the 2023 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. The 78th edition of the historic 628 nautical mile classic will start on Sydney Harbour at 1 pm on…
The world-famous Sydney-Hobart Race will run under IRC rating only for the 2023 edition under a new rule by Organisers designed because it is proving too complicated and time-consuming for owners to stay on top of two rules
One of Australia's leading yacht racing clubs – and the organisers of the world Famous Sydney Hobart race – will adopt IRC as its single rating rule for the 2023/24 season due to the divergence between IRC and ORC that…
Duncan Kerin of the Royal Western YC of Kilrush accepting the First 40 Ariel's Prize For Third In Class 4 In The Sydney-Hobart Race
It's seventeen years since the Royal Western of Ireland YC of Kilrush on the Shannon Estuary was represented on the Sydney-Hobart Race Prizewinners Podium. Back in 2005, Ger O'Rourke with his then-new Cookson 50 Chieftain RWIYC took an impressive first…
Lee Condell honoured his late father and celebrated his own “roundy birthday” with style and success in the Two-Handed Division in the Sydney-Hobart race 2022
Lee Condell of Limerick has been building a successful career in the marine industry in Australia for some time now. But with his 60th birthday approaching and the much-mourned death of his father - regional sailing development enthusiast Alan Condell…
Despite the winds going lighter on the final day for Lee Condell’s Sun Fast 3300 Sun Fast Racing, some skilled night-time negotiation of the Derwent River has seen the ex-Limerick skipper get back up to finish second overall in the Two-Handed Division
After the strong north winds which provided a rugged finish yesterday off Hobart - particularly for the winning group of TP52s – conditions eased during the night, and the morning sun brought gentler sailing for the smaller boats, which now…
Tom Kneen and the Sunrise crew were challenged by a
For a brief moment in the 2022 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, Thomas Kneen, the British owner of the JPK 11.80 Sunrise, thought: "This is ridiculous. Why are we doing this?" It was on Wednesday night, as Sunrise powered through…
Sydney-Hobart Race Division 0 Overall Winner, the RP 69 Moneypenny with Gordon Maguire on the helm - and behind him, the boat’s famous stern extension “hidden in plain sight
While the TP 52s in general and Sam Haynes’ Celestial (NSW) in particular have fulfilled expectations by dominating the overall top positions for the supreme Corrected Time champions’ Tattersall Cup in the Sydney-Hobart Race, for three hours in Hobart last…
Celestial wins the Tattersall Cup for overall victory in the 2022 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
1830hrs (AEDT) | Thursday 29 December - It was never going to be anything but emotionally charged when Sam Haynes and his Celestial crew were crowned overall winners of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. Haynes and some of the…
Them were the days…..LDV Comanche (Jim Cooney & Samantha Grant) on the way to creating the still unbeaten Sydney-Hobart Race record in 2017
The utterly stellar Sydney-Hobart course record set by Irish-Australian Jim Cooney (his people are from Ballivor in County Meath) and Samantha Grant, racing the super-maxi LDV Comanche in 2017, is staying firmly in place for another year. Five years ago,…

The Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is an annual offshore yacht racing event with an increasingly international exposure attracting super maxi yachts and entries from around tne world. It is hosted by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, starting in Sydney, New South Wales on Boxing Day and finishing in Hobart, Tasmania. The race distance is approximately 630 nautical miles (1,170 km).

The 2022 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race starts in Sydney Harbour at 1pm (AEDT) on Monday 26 December.

This is the 77th edition of the Rolex Sydney Hobart. The inaugural race was conducted in 1945 and has run every year since, apart from 2020, which was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

88 boats started the 2021 Rolex Sydney Hobart, with 50 finishing.

The Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - FAQs

The number of Sydney Hobart Yacht Races held by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia since 1945 is 75

6,257 completed the Sydney Hobart Yacht race, 1036 retired or were disqualified)

About 60,061 sailors have competed in the Sydney Hobart Race between 1945 and 2019

Largest fleets: 371 starters in the 50th race in 1994 (309 finished); 154 starters in 1987 (146 finished); 179 starters in 1985 (145 finished); 151 starters in 1984 (46 finished); 173 started in 1983 (128 finished); 159 started in 1981 (143 finished); 147 started in 1979 (142 finished); 157 started in 2019 (154 finished)

116 in 2004 (59 finished); 117 in 2014 (103 finished); 157 in 2019 (154 finished)

Nine starters in the inaugural Sydney Hobart Yacht Race in 1945

In 2015 and 2017 there were 27, including the 12 Clipper yachts (11 in 2017). In the record entry of 371 yachts in the 50th in 1994, there were 24 internationals

Rani, Captain John Illingworth RN (UK). Design: Barber 35’ cutter. Line and handicap winner

157 starters, 154 finishers (3 retirements)

IRC Overall: Ichi Ban, a TP52 owned by Matt Allen, NSW. Last year’s line honours winner: Comanche, Verdier Yacht Design and VPLP (FRA) owned by Jim Cooney and Samantha Grant, in 1 day 18 hours, 30 minutes, 24 seconds. Just 1hour 58min 32secs separated the five super maxis at the finish 

1 day 9 hours 15 minutes and 24 seconds, set in 2017 by LDV Comanche after Wild Oats XI was penalised one hour in port/starboard incident for a finish time of 1d 9h 48m 50s

The oldest ever sailor was Syd Fischer (88 years, 2015).

As a baby, Raud O'Brien did his first of some six Sydney Hobarts on his parent's Wraith of Odin (sic). As a veteran at three, Raud broke his arm when he fell off the companionway steps whilst feeding biscuits to the crew on watch Sophie Tasker sailed the 1978 race as a four-year-old on her father’s yacht Siska, which was not an official starter due to not meeting requirements of the CYCA. Sophie raced to Hobart in 1979, 1982 and 1983.

Quite a number of teenage boys and girls have sailed with their fathers and mothers, including Tasmanian Ken Gourlay’s 14-year-old son who sailed on Kismet in 1957. A 12-year-old boy, Travis Foley, sailed in the fatal 1998 race aboard Aspect Computing, which won PHS overall.

In 1978, the Brooker family sailed aboard their yacht Touchwood – parents Doug and Val and their children, Peter (13), Jacqueline (10), Kathryne (8) and Donald (6). Since 1999, the CYCA has set an age limit of 18 for competitors

Jane (‘Jenny’) Tate, from Hobart, sailed with her husband Horrie aboard Active in the 1946 Race, as did Dagmar O’Brien with her husband, Dr Brian (‘Mick’) O’Brien aboard Connella. Unfortunately, Connella was forced to retire in Bass Strait, but Active made it to the finish. The Jane Tate Memorial Trophy is presented each year to the first female skipper to finish the race

In 2019, Bill Barry-Cotter brought Katwinchar, built in 1904, back to the start line. She had competed with a previous owner in 1951. It is believed she is the oldest yacht to compete. According to CYCA life member and historian Alan Campbell, more than 31 yachts built before 1938 have competed in the race, including line honours winners Morna/Kurrewa IV (the same boat, renamed) and Astor, which were built in the 1920s.

Bruce Farr/Farr Yacht Design (NZL/USA) – can claim 20 overall wins from 1976 (with Piccolo) up to and including 2015 (with Balance)

Screw Loose (1979) – LOA 9.2m (30ft); Zeus II (1981) LOA 9.2m

TKlinger, NSW (1978) – LOA 8.23m (27ft)

Wild Oats XI (2012) – LOA 30.48m (100ft). Wild Oats XI had previously held the record in 2005 when she was 30m (98ft)

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