Sydney To Hobart Yacht Race

From: Sydney Festivals and Events 2016-2017

See also: Sydney Harbour National Park

Sydney To Hobart Yacht Race
This long standing race was first founded in 1945 and continues to be considered one of the toughest races in the world, attracting international competitors to Sydney's famous harbour.

The race begins from Sydney Harbour with a variety of size yachts taking part and covers a distance of some 630 nautical miles, having to travel to areas such as the Bass Strait which is notorious for its turbulent waters.

The finish line is past Battery Point in Hobart where hundreds of spectators gather to watch the leading vessels travel up the Derwent River to cross the finish line with the first yacht over the finish line claiming the prestigious Line Honours. In 2005 the race was impressively raced in a record time of 1 day, 18 hours some 40 minutes and 10 seconds.

The race takes place annually on Boxing Day, often commencing at 1pm.

The race begins within Sydney Harbour and finishes at Constitution Docks at Hobart.

Travel Guide
There are plenty of places around Sydney Harbour to watch the start of the race with Rose Bay, Nielsen Park and Watsons Bay often providing good viewing and which are around 7 miles east of Circular Quay.