107 Yachts to start Sydney Hobart 2017
This year will be the 73rd Rolex Sydney Hobart, the races promises so much with 107 yachts currently scheduled to cross the start line in Sydney Harbour on the 26 December.
The race pits the world’s very best elite sailing yachts against each other to make it from Sydney to Hobart in the fastest time possible. Depending on the size and shape the race will take anywhere between a day and up to three full days.
The race will have 30 international entrants that will participate, with a high-profile battle for line honours and fierce contest for the overall win expected. The 628-nautical mile race has never yet failed to deliver intense drama and great spectacle.
The first Sydney Hobart was held in 1945, organised by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia with the cooperation of the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania. Rolex will once again sponsor the event.
Last year saw a four-way competition to finish first in Hobart resulted in a record-breaking performance by the Anthony Bell-owned and skippered boat from Sydney which crossed the finish line in one day, 13 hours, 31 minutes and 20 seconds breaking the race record by 4 hours, 51 minutes and 52 seconds.. The m100-foot Maxi rewarded her crew’s persistence and resolve, as man and machine combined to take nearly five hours off the previous fastest time.
This year will see four 100-foot powerhouses competing for the honours. Wild Oats XI will be seeking to re-establish her benchmark status by adding to her eight line honours successes and taking back the record, weather permitting. Against her, the American Maxi Comanche, first to finish in 2015, is competing under the stewardship of New Zealander Neville Crichton, a two-time line honours winner himself.
Peter Harburg’s Black Jack is the former Alfa Romeo fastest yacht in 2009 with Crichton. Completing the quartet is Christian Beck’s InfoTrack (previously Perpetual LOYAL).
Racing these highly-tuned Maxis at full tilt over some of the most difficult seas in the world is a true test for both crew and yacht. Any weakness in organization, skill or determination will be ruthlessly exploited by the opposition and the conditions.
Flying Fish love the race and enter each year since 2008. We welcome individuals or teams to join us on this fabulous race campaign, the majority of entrants are competing for a variety of reasons. Some are relatively simple: a passion for the sport, the camaraderie of teamwork or the opportunity to pit oneself against the challenge. There are prizes throughout the fleet, with classes separated into different bands under handicap Beyond these less tangible rewards, there are the coveted Tattersall’s Cup, with its many years of history, and the Rolex Oyster Perpetual timepiece, engraved with the race name, the year and the words “Overall Winner”.