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The Sydney Hobart Yacht Race will be a Rolex race for another decade thanks to a new sponsorship deal that extends naming rights to the event through to the 2033 edition
Rolex has renewed its sponsorship of the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race for another ten years, extending its naming rights to the event through to the 2033 edition. The announcement, say the sponsors, is a testament to the brand's privileged relationship…
Conor Totterdell (pictured extreme right) won the NSW ORC State Championships 2024, DIV 2, on 'Let's Get it on' (Corby 36) and also claimed victory in the Sydney Harbour Regatta 2024, DIV 2, on the same boat
Conor Totterdell, hailing from Dun Laoghaire Harbour, recently participated in the 2023 Sydney-Hobart Race, finishing in seventh place in IRC Division 1 on the TP52 named Frantic before moving on to Sydney Harbour cruiser fleet success. After returning to the…
Kinsale's Cian McCarthy and Sam Hunt will recall their Sunfast 3300 Cinnamon Girl Sydney Hobart Race campaign at February 10th's ICRA conference in Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Kinsale's Cian McCarthy and Sam Hunt who competed in the Sunfast 3300 Cinnamon Girl in December's Sydney Hobart will be keynote speakers at next weekend's (Saturday, February 10th) ICRA conference at the Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire Harbour.…
The Reichel/Pugh-designed Rolex Sydney-Hobart  2023 overall winning 66 footer Alive from Tasmania would be considered a veteran of significant age in many other sailing areas, but the Australian philosophy of constant modification and up-dating with continuous input from designer Jim Pugh makes her better than new each time out
There’s something about the annual 628-mile Rolex-Sydney Hobart Race that lends it to endless angles of speculation and re-analysis long after the event. We’re already a fortnight clear of the final postings of the results, yet the real anoraks and…
Adrienne Cahalan, navigator of overall winner Alive, with the Tattersall Cup for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, December 2023
It’s a very long time since Adrienne Cahalane was regularly near Lough Derg. But though she and her section of the family emigrated to Australia when she was very young, those left behind such as cousin Aisling Keller have been…
Kinsale Okay - Sam Hunt (left), Steph Lyons, and Cian McCarthy (right) flying the flag for Kinsale YC in Hobart after success in the race from Sydney
We'll be carrying a full review of the Irish in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race 2023 in due course, but meanwhile, this sunny photo shows that the weather is on the mend down in Tasmania and that Kinsale YC members…
Two-Handed winner Mistral (Ruper Henry) gets a touch of the rainbow approaching the Hobart finish with a goood breeze on the edge of an early afternoon shower
On this cool Saturday evening in Hobart, Cian McCarthy and Sam Hunt of Kinsale brought their chartered Sunfast 3300 Cinnamon Girl-Eden Capital in at 9:11 pm local time to the Tasmanian port city's waterfront to finish fourth on water and…
Duncan Hine spraying his crew with champagne after his overall win of the 2023 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race
Alive, skippered by Duncan Hine, has been declared the overall winner of the 78th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, securing the Tasmanian boat its second victory in five years. Hine lauded his 14 crew which included Irish-born navigator Adrienne Cahalane,…
Mick Nartin's veteran TP52 Frantic (ex-Patches) has achieved a good finish in the middle of the white-hot TP52 fleet racing to Hobart, with the crew including Ireland's Trevor Smyth, Conor Totterdell and Cian Ballesty
It's Saturday morning in Hobart, and out at sea the smaller boats in the big race from Sydney are still punching it out with a sou'wester which gives them a beat round the convoluted peninsula that ends at Tasman Island,…
The Botin 52 Caro (Max Klink) making into Storm Bay to finish first in line honours among the TP52s in the Rolex Sydney-Hobart Race 2023, with her crew including former Howth sailor Gordon Maguire and Cian Guilfoyle of Dun Laoghaire
Anyone who tracked Max Klink's special Botin 52 in the Middle Sea Race will know how her fractionally extra speed potential can eventually perform a demolition job on the on-water lead of any sister-ships ahead. Thus, in the Middle Sea,…
TP52s Smuggler and Caro close together in the 2023 Sydney-Hobart Race. The New Zealand entry Caro had Ireland's Gordon Maguire of Howth and Cian Guilfoyle of Dun Laoghaire Harbour on board
The sight of the first three TP52s to finish the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race this afternoon reflected three contrasting emotions: disappointment, excitement and resignation. For the New Zealand entry Caro, which has Ireland's Gordon Maguire of Howth and Cian…
The start of the 2023 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race on St. Stephen's Day in Sydney Harbour
By Friday (29th December) at 0740hrs in Tasmania, just six yachts have so far finished the 2023 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, the varied and squally conditions making it difficult for the fleet to sail a simple and quick race,…
From above, Hobart Race leader Alive, a Reichel Pugh 66, looks to be as clean as a whistle, but below the water she has a canting keel and all the bells and whistles
With the Sydney Hobart Race home favourite Alive safely in port in Hobart and looking better by the hour to retain the overall IRC lead and thereby put another feather in navigator/tactician Adrienne Cahalane's sailing hat, Tasmanian sentiment is probably…
The big boat cliff-hanger finish, with Law Connnect showing ahead of Andoo for the first time over the final mle to the line
Early morning in summer with the sunshine gradually strengthening on the Hobart in Tasmania waterfront, and the Derwent Estuary off it, should be a time for gently wakening into the new day. But Thursday, December 28th 2023 has had bouts…
Alive powering through the waves near Tasman Island in the 2023  Sydney Hobart Race
Duncan Hine and his international crew (including Irish-born Adrienne Cahalane) aboard Tasmanian entry, Alive, have kept the Reichel/Pugh 66s chances of winning a second Sydney Hobart well and truly alive, having crossed the finish line at 3.19.04 hours in Hobart…
LawConnect off the NSW coast in the 2023 Sydney Hobart Race
In what has been an epic race from start to finish, Christian Beck’s LawConnect has lost her bridesmaid tag of the last three years to claim line honours in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race…

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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