About The Race


Over the past 72 years, the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race has become an icon of Australia's summer sport, ranking in public interest with such national events as the Melbourne Cup, the Australian Open tennis and the Boxing Day cricket test. No regular annual yachting event in the world attracts such huge media coverage than does the start on Sydney Harbour.

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Race Sponsor

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Race Organiser

Cruising Yacht Club of Australia

The CYCA is the race organiser.  The CYCA is based in Sydney, New South Wales.

Race Finishing Club

Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania

The RYCT is the host club in Hobart, Tasmania, the destination of the race

Event Supporters

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JBW and Appliances Online - The Radio Relay Vessel MV JBW, a spacious 70 foot motor cruise, is generously donated to the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia by CYCA member and owner of Appliances Online, Mr John Winning.  MV JBW is available for charter service when not on RRV duties. Please visit  http://www.jbw.com.au  to learn more about this luxurious motor cruiser or make a charter booking.  If you are in the market for whitegoods  or other appliances we ask you to support Appliances Online where possible.  The CYCA Board of Directors thanks John Winning for his ongoing support and generosity to the CYCA.

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Roads and Maritime Services - CYCA acknowledges the support provided by Roads and Maritime Services in the preparation, planning and delivery of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. 

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TasPorts - The Tasmanian Ports Corporation (Tasports) is a proud supporter of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. Since the very first race, the Hobart waterfront and its supporting infrastructure have been critical to the delivery of this iconic event. Tasports not only provides the premier location but also enables the berthing of up to 100 additional yachts in the harbour. In 2016 we are once again looking forward to the delivery of a safe, exciting and memorable race.

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Tourism Tasmania - Open arms and applauds, epicurean delights, world class whisky, crafty brews and a good dose of Tassie hospitality will greet you on arrival into Kings Pier this Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. Follow the current down wind and extend your Tassie trip – swap a yarn with the other crews and the friendly locals. Go behind the scenery for more Tassie tips here www.gobehindthescenery.com.au

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Moreton Hire - As Australia’s leading events supplier, Moreton Hire is proud to support the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia in the lead up to the nation’s most famous ocean race, the Rolex Sydney to Hobart.

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JANUS et Cie - JANUS et Cie, an international, luxury lifestyle brand of design-driven indoor and outdoor furnishings, is proud to be the official furniture sponsor of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s race village and support Australia’s world famous Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

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Smartsheet - Smartsheet is honored to partner with the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia in support of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and proud to play a role in the success of such a long standing and respected event. The CYCA represents the first sailing club we have worked with and to be part of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is indeed very special.  As the platform trusted by over 50% of the Fortune 500 to manage and automate collaborative work, we feel a natural kinship with arguably one of the most collaborative sports in the world.  Smartsheet is able to provide real time corroborative sharing of critical information across all key stakeholders and emergency authorities during the race, both on shore and on the water.


7HOFM - 7HOFM is extremely proud of our long association with the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.  Live reports and updates provided by Steve Barker each year keeps Hobart on top of all the action as it happens.  This will continue in 2016 and beyond with an additional onsite live broadcast from the Hobart Race Village on Hobart's historic waterfront where 7HOFM's team of presenters will broadcast daily from the village between 10 am and 6 pm including interviews with Skippers, crew, officials, local identities and VIP's, helping to bring a 100% Hobart feel to the event.

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Peroni - As a brand that has a long association with sailing, Peroni Nastro Azzurro is proud to be the official beer of the 2016 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.  Peroni will celebrate this prestigious event alongside the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia throughout December, as crew and supporters alike prepare for the big race come Boxing Day.

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Piper's Brook VineyardPipers Brook Vineyard are excited and privileged to be the official wine sponsor for this year’s Hobart Race Village.  It is our second year being part of this fantastic event and we are honoured to be alongside one of Australia’s great summer traditions the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

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Lost Pippin - Lost Pippin Hand Crafted Tasmanian Cider is stoked to be the exclusive cider sponsor of the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. At Richmond in the Coal River Valley, Lost Pippin handcrafts the best Tasmanian apples and pears into unique, balanced and complex artisan cider and perry. Funky, clean, dry or sweet, all of our ciders have one thing in common: real unadulterated flavour. Discover Lost Pippin, find real flavour.

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Hobart City Council - HCC is a valued supporter of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, providing vital facilities and equippment for the international and domestic media who cover the race while in Hobart. HCC are also the organisers of the famous Taste of Tasmania which runs at the same time the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Competitors arrive into Hobart.

Other links

Bureau of Meteorology - The BOM provides weather reports for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.  The BOM is responsible for providing meteorological, hydrological and oceanographic services in Australia.  Link here to a specialised marine page on the BOM website.

Roads and Maritime Services - The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia acknowledges the support provided by Roads and Maritime Services in the preperation, planning and delivery of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

CSIRO - The CSIRO has for many years provided Rolex Sydney Hobart boats with information regarding the oceanographic conditions likely to be encountered on the race course.

KORDIA - owns and operates Australia's Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) HF network on behalf of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) and Bureau of Meteorology (BOM). Kordia will play a supporting role for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race by monitoring the HF race frequencies used by the fleet during the iconic yachting event, and by making available a stream of the periodic skeds conducted with competing boats, which can be listened to through the website.

Yellowbrick Tracking -  The Yellowbrick tracker is a rugged and fully self-contained battery operated tracker which works anywhere on Earth. The tracker will obtain a position using the GPS satellite network, and then transmit that position back to Yellowbrick HQ using the Iridium satellite network. The positions are then visualised on the race Yacht Tracker map or overlaid on Google Earth. Iridium is the only satellite network that allows transmission of information from any point on Earth. Iridium has 66 satellites in orbit around the Earth, allowing coverage anywhere on Earth 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Messages sent via Iridium take just seconds to reach Yellowbrick HQ and the race website server.

General sailing links

World Sailing
Australian Sailing
Yachting New South Wales