The 78th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race will go down in history as a relentlessly demanding test of determination, as well as physical and mental resilience for the 103 yachts taking part.
For the overall winner, Tasmanian yacht Alive, preparation and strategy, along with experience and local knowledge, were key to victory in 2023. The fleet faced some of the most unpredictable conditions seen in recent years along the 628-nm course, and the unwavering tenacity of offshore sailors and their capacity to summon their deepest reserves all the way to the finish came to the fore once again. The 100 ft maxi LawConnect claimed Line Honours. Organised by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia in conjunction with the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, Rolex has partnered the iconic Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race since 2002. Now in its 78th edition, the annual event is internationally renowned as one of the most arduous rites of passage in offshore sailing, and is a cornerstone of the Swiss watchmaker’s elite yachting partnerships.