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Sydney–Hobart Yacht Race Weather: Light Winds to Start Then Strengthening Quickly
#rshyr – A strong wind caution has put the Sydney to Hobart race fleet on notice but a predicted lull has increasingly-fancied American newcomer Comanche. A number of Irish sailors are among the crews competing.  A long-range weather briefing on…
Irish Crews Among Small Boat Sailors Boosted By Sydney-Hobart Race Weather Forecast
#rshyr – In Sydney, forecasters have revealed that a southerly breeze will play in to the hands of smaller boats – including a number of Irish sailors –  for Australia's 70th Rolex Sydney Hobart race that starts on St. Stephen's…
Ireland To Sail in 70th Sydney–Hobart Yacht Race on December 26th
#rshyr – Ireland will be racing in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race that marks its 70th edition this year, a momentous achievement for an offshore race that has become an international classic since its creation in 1945. Ireland's Barry…
Third Sydney–Hobart Race Beckons For Irish Offshore Sailor Barry Hurley
#rshyr –  This will be my third year in a row racing 'Breakthrough' (a First 40) in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race writes offshore sailor Barry Hurley, Afloat's October Sailor of the Month. 'Breakthrough' is a Sydney based boat owned and…
Top Irish Offshore Sailors Eye 70th Sydney–Hobart Yacht Race Prize
#sydneyhobart – Ireland's Barry Hurley, who was part of a winning crew in last month's Middle Sea Race is heading next for The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. The 70th edition is bringing new, old,…
RStGYC 'Primitive Cool' Sailor Finishes Fourth in Class in Sydney-Hobart Race
#rshyr – Royal St George Yacht Club offshore sailor Jerry Collins is no stranger to offshore racing having participated in four Fastnet races, two of which were on Sigma 38, Persistance. The Dubliner has also completed five Round Ireland Races, and is…
Victoire for Dr Darryl in a Hobart Classic
#rshyr – Around Sydney and the clubhouse of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, he's Dr Darryl, the living breathing embodiment of modern Australia writes WM Nixon. In a country moving on very rapidly from rough blokedom to smooth hyper-affluence,…
Dun Laoghaire Crew Finish Sydney-Hobart Sixth in Div Three
#rshyr – The Dun Laoghaire crew led by Barry Hurley of the Royal Irish Yacht Club have successfully completed a testing Sydney–Hobart race to finish 27th overall in the 92–boat fleet and take sixth place in IRC Division 3 in…
Irish Yacht Derry–Londonderry Takes Sydney–Hobart Clipper Win
#rshyr – A dream came true for Lough Swilly skipper Sean McCarter (31) at 1916 hrs this evening (Sunday December 29th) when he skippered the Irish Clipper 70 Derry-Londonderry-Doire across the elusive finish line at Hobart in Tasmania to win…
Clipper Yacht Derry–Londonderry–Doire On Target for Hobart Victory
#rshyr – Ireland's boat in the Clipper Round-the-World Challenge, the 70ft Castro-designed Derry-Londonderry-Doire, is on target to win her 12-boat class in the Sydney-Hobart Race today writes WM Nixon. Skippered by Sean McCarter of Lough Swilly Yacht Club, and with Garda…
Wild Oats XI Does It Again in Sydney–Hobart Race
#rshyr – Veteran owner Bob Oatley's Reichel Pugh 100 Wild Oats XI, skippered by Mark Richards, has taken her seventh line honours win in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, with an evening finish at Hobart at 19.07.27 hrs AEDT writes…
Irish Sailors in the Mix as Light Air Sydney-Hobart Passes Half Way Stage
#rshyc – Irish offshore sailors are in the leading pack of the Sydney-Hobart race today but lack of breeze is leading to tense decisions as Dun Laoghaire sailors onboard the 'Dun Laoghaire entry' Breakthrough, a Beneteau 40 skipered by Barry Hurley,…
Royal Irish Yacht Club Sailors Racing in Sydney–Hobart
#rshyr– Christmas Day has come to a close on the other side of the world and for a few Irish sailors it means the last night of comfortable sleep as they are now racing in the Rolex Sydney to Hobart…
Wild Oats XI Sweeps the Board in Race to Hobart
#sydneyhobart – Wild Oats is currently sweeping the board in the Sydney-Hobart race taking line honours for a record sixth time and setting a new record (by 16 minutes) and also leads on corrected time with Loki (now finished )…
Irish Interest High at the Front of Sydney-Hobart Fleet
#Sydney Hobart update – Irish interest is strongly on the front of the fleet in the 68th Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, with Bob Oatley's 100ft Wild Oats – navigated by Australian-Irish Adrienne Cahalan – comfortably on course for line honours,…
Sydney Hobart Underway in Spectacular Conditions
#sydneyhobart – The 68th Rolex Sydney Hobart got underway in exceptional conditions with Irish interest carried by Howth sailor Gordon Maguire. The forecast southerly breeze providing the perfect angle for a spinnaker start and run down the harbour. The angle…

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 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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