The annual most expected event of Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race in Australia will be started on Boxing Day the 26 December. The race will depart from Nielsen Park in Sydney Harbor and takes the international fleet more than 1100 kilometers (approximately 630 nautical miles) to arrive at the finish line in Hobart city, Tasmania. The yacht race will finish just in time for 2017 New Year’s Eve celebrations in the Hobart city.
The Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race is run in co-operation with the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, and is widely considered to be one of the most difficult yacht races around the world.
Route Map of Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Vantage points in Sydney and Hobart
Watching the start of the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race is a Sydney’s Christmas and Boxing Day tradition. This year on 26 December, people will line the Sydney Harbor foreshore to farewell the competitors as they head out of Sydney Harbor and across the Tasman Sea to the Derwent River. You should secure yourself a spot on the headlands from Rushcutters Bay to Watsons Bay and South Head. On the northern shore, vantage points include Cremorne Point, Bradleys Head and Clifton Gardens or past Manly to North Head.
Once the convoy of yachts has headed south and crossed the hazardous Bass Strait, the action will be started in Hobart. As the leading yachts will race along the Derwent River to the finish line at Battery Point they receive a rousing reception on Hobart’s historic waterfront in an exciting precursor to New Year’s Eve in Tasmania.
During Christmas and New Year season, Tasmania will host the Taste Festival. You will definitely enjoy your holiday in Hobart watching the NYE fireworks over Sullivans Cove sky, relaxing with a glass of fine Tasmanian wine along the waterfront or dance with famous DJs and bands.
Since 2002, Rolex has been the naming rights sponsor of the race – Rolex Sydney Gobart. Two other sponsors of the race are Appliances Online and TasPorts.
If you are planning for your next coming Christmas and New Year holiday in Australia, early hotel and ticket bookings are extremely recommended.