For over three-quarters of a century, the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, organised by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia in collaboration with the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania has offered an enticing platform for human achievement, spirit and endeavour; qualities with which Rolex, partners of the race for near twenty years, has a deep affinity.
2021 marks the 76th edition, and 77th year, of the contest first held in 1945. The start is scheduled for the traditional lunchtime slot on 26 December.
A fleet of 93 yachts is expected to take on the famous 628-nautical mile (1,010-kilometre) course which commences from Sydney Harbour and finishes in Hobart, the capital of the island state of Tasmania. Competition for the race’s main prizes, line honours for the first finisher and, above all, overall victory on corrected time, is always intense.
Winning the race, and the much coveted Tattersall Cup, affords the victorious crew a permanent place in yachting folklore. Sailors have long been drawn to the scale and unpredictability of this legendary nautical challenge, and to the demands on their skills in both preparing and handing their yacht. Discover more.
Rolex has always associated with activities driven by passion, excellence, precision and team spirit. The Swiss watchmaker naturally gravitated towards the elite world of yachting six decades ago and the brand’s enduring partnership now encompasses the most prestigious clubs, races and regattas, as well as towering figures in the sport, including ground-breaking round-the-world yachtsman Sir Francis Chichester and the most successful Olympic sailor of all time, Sir Ben Ainslie.
Today, Rolex is Title Sponsor of 15 major international events – from leading offshore races such as the annual Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and the biennial Rolex Fastnet Race, to grand prix competition at the Rolex TP52 World Championship and spectacular gatherings at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and the Rolex Swan Cup.
It also supports the exciting SailGP global championship in which national teams race identical supercharged F50 catamarans on some of the world’s most famous harbours.
Rolex’s partnerships with the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, Royal Ocean Racing Club, Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, Yacht Club Italiano, New York Yacht Club and Royal Yacht Squadron, among others, are the foundation of its enduring relationship with this dynamic sport.