What is The Sydney To Hobart Race?

What is The Sydney To Hobart Race?

What is The Sydney To Hobart Race? | Sydney Harbour Tall Ships

Looking for something fun to do on Boxing Day this year in Sydney? Why not view the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race start at Sydney Harbour? With a fun, festive atmosphere and plenty of fun activities, the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is always a fun time. 

Want to learn more about this race, when it starts, and how you can get the best view of the yachts as they set out on Boxing Day? Get all the details below! 

What is The Sydney To Hobart Race?

The Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race is held every year on Boxing Day by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, in conjunction with the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania. The race usually averages 630 nautical miles (1,170 kilometres). 

Due to the powerful winds, strong waves and difficult sailing conditions of the Bass Strait and the Tasman Sea, it’s often considered to be one of the most challenging ocean races in the world. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

Today, it’s one of the top 3 yachting races in the world – and usually attracts more than 100 competitors, who compete for the Tattersall Cup and Line Honours. Competitors from all around the globe sail their yachts to Sydney for this ocean racing competition. The race begins in the blue water of Sydney Harbour, and runs all the way to Constitution Dock in Hobart, Tasmania.

When Does The Sydney To Hobart Race Start?

This year, the warning signal will be fired at 1250 hours (12:50 PM) and the race will begin in Sydney Harbour at 1300 hours (1:00 PM). To have the best view of the race, you’ll want to make sure that you’ve got a good vantage point by noon – or else you might get crowded out!

Where Can I See The Start Of The Sydney To Hobart Race? 

You can see a video broadcast of the start of the Sydney to Hobart Race at the Sydney Harbour Race Village, or you can view the start from the docks – it’s best to stick to the Western Harbour for the best view.

However, the very best place to see the yachts start racing is… on the water! If you’d like to get up-close and personal on Sydney Harbour, and get the best view of the ships competing in the race, you should definitely book a ticket with Sydney Harbour Tall Ships

Our three tall ships – the Soren Larsen, Southern Swan and Coral Trekker – will all be out on the water to view the start of the race. You’ll enjoy a four-hour cruise complete with a barbeque lunch including fresh seafood and steak, live music, and a full bar with wine and beer, bubbly, soft drinks, juice and water – all included in your ticket.

Tickets for the Soren Larsen and Southern Swan are $225 for adults, $190 for kids 4-14 years of age. Tickets for the Coral Trekker are $169 for adults, and $109 for kids 4-14 years of age. No kids under 4 are allowed on this cruise. Get more details and book online our Sydney To Hobart Race Start Tall Ship Experience / Cruise.

Our Timber Ferry, the Wangi Queen, will also be out on the water for the start of the Sydney to Hobart Race. You’ll get a tasty buffet launch, and a full bar is available at standard bar prices. The cost of the Wangi Queen is $109 for adults, and $59 for kids 4-14 years of age. No kids under 4 are allowed on this cruise. Get more details and book online head to Sydney To Hobart Race Wangai Timber Ferry Cruise.

Book Your Tickets – And View The Sydney To Hobart Race On The Water

At Sydney Harbour Tall Ships, we’re your best choice for all the best Sydney Harbour events – including Australia Day, New Year’s Eve, and Boxing Day. 

So if you’d like to spend the day out on the water on Boxing Day and enjoy the festive atmosphere of the Sydney to Hobart race, don’t wait. You can book online, or give our ticketing centre a call at 02 8015 5571 to get started now. 

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