Boxing Day Cruises

Watch Sydney to Hobart Race Start

Boxing Day Cruises

Every year, we celebrate Boxing Day holiday but, do we really know how it all started? What is Boxing Day and why do we celebrate it?

Boxing Day is a public holiday celebrated every 26th of December of each year. Its origins come from United Kingdom therefore, some countries that were under the British Empire rule in the past also celebrate this holiday. Theories suggest that the practice began with giving out cash and goods to the less fortunate. Exchanging gifts with the same hierarchy or status in society in the old days was on Christmas Day while sharing or gift-giving to those of lower ranks took place the day after Christmas Day.

Aside from being a holiday that encourages family bonding, this is also known as the day for bargain shopping much like the Black Friday sale in the United States.

Boxing Day also kicks off the start of the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race – hosted by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia. Spectators flock to Sydney Harbour hoping to get a glimpse of the exciting annual event, where beautiful and different yachts take their place. This is also considered as one of the most difficult yacht races and it has become an iconic Australian sport.

Sydney Harbour Tall Ships has been part of the excitement that the lead up and start to the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race brings each year. Our tall ships, Soren Larsen and Southern Swan as well as our historic Wangi Queen Ferry will be sailing the harbour to bask in high spirits. Feel the buzz of the crowd, enjoy a tasty meal as well as overflowing drinks during this festive atmosphere.

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