About the race

About the race

Over the past 76 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.

  • Rolex Sydney Hobart 2016 start Rolex Sydney Hobart 2016 start
  • Horizon (CYC32) - Photo c/o ALAN CAMPBELL - CYCA Archives Horizon (CYC32) - Photo c/o ALAN CAMPBELL - CYCA Archives
  • JANUS et Cie Sydney Race Village provides a great atmosphere for off water activities JANUS et Cie Sydney Race Village provides a great atmosphere for off water activities

The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and Cruising Yacht Club of Australia have had a marked influence on international ocean yacht racing.  The Club has influenced the world in race communications and sea safety, maintaining the highest standards for race entry.  The Club's members have also fared well in major ocean racing events overseas, with victories in the Admiral's Cup, Kenwood Cup, One Ton Cup, Fastnet Race, Clipper Race and BOC Challenge solo race around the word, not to mention the America's Cup.