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£4,592
2 Weeks
Sydney, Australia
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Overview

The Sydney to Hobart yacht race is arguably the most prestigious and toughest ocean yacht race in the world. Described as the Everest of sailing, this 628-mile ocean race is a must for any offshore sailor, or for anybody who loves a challenge.

Course programme

The Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is an occasion as much as it is a race. Each Boxing Day, 26th December, a flotilla of sleek yachts races out of Sydney Harbour, following Australia’s east coast down to Tasmania, where the yachts arrive in the city of Hobart in the days leading up to New Year’s Eve. This race is about more than sails and speed – it brings Sydney and Hobart to life as they celebrate one of the country’s great sporting events.

The race is a superb test of seamanship, skill, tactics and endurance. 100% commitment to the team and the yacht is essential. As with all events of this nature, the sense of achievement upon completion is immense.

The team here at Flying Fish love the race and enter each year since 2008. We welcome individuals or teams to join us on this fabulous race campaign.

Our Racing yacht

You will race on Team Flying Fish’s yacht ARCTOS, a strong and powerful cutter rigged McIntyre 55. ARCTOS has circumnavigated the Southern Ocean and completed many Sydney to Hobart races. The key to success in an event like this is preparation, and the Flying Fish package is designed to ensure that the crew and the boat are fully prepared for the challenge.


Inclusions

  • Accommodation and meals on board the yacht during the race and the overnight qualifying passage.
  • Safety equipment, tuition and publications.
  • Accommodation is available on board the yacht in the marina at Middle Harbour Yacht Club during the training week. (Food is not provided during the training week but there are local cafes and restaurants nearby).
  • Accommodation on board the yacht on arrival in Hobart.

Shore-based accommodation and return travel to Sydney are not included. Shore-based accommodation in Sydney can be booked as an add on.


Dates & pricing

Starts Ends Location(s) Availability
16/12/2017 30/12/2017 Sydney, Australia Waitlist, contact if interested.
Price £4,915
Required deposit £500
Or, please hold my space for 48 hours
Optional add-ons
£1,015Shared accommodation ashore in Sydney
15/12/2018 30/12/2018 Sydney, Australia Limited availabilty
Price £4,915
Required deposit £500
Or, please hold my space for 48 hours
Optional add-ons
£1,015Shared accommodation ashore in Sydney

Pre-requisite experience and qualifications

We recommend that all customers have some offshore sailing experience. As a minimum, you should have completed an RYA Competent Crew course. We also require all crew to complete the ISAF Safety and Sea Survival before joining the campaign.


Full itinerary

Our programme starts with five days of skills and drills on Sydney harbour. This focuses on safety, yacht preparation, yacht handling and race role allocation. We practice spinnaker handling and racing techniques, heavy weather tactics, sail changes, watch systems and navigation.

Next, you complete a 24 hour offshore qualifying passage which is a requirement of the race organisers, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are days off, then it’s up early on Boxing Day for the spectacular start on Sydney Harbour.

The Race

The fleet sails out of Sydney Harbour, turning right heading South into the Tasman Sea, searching for the warm current going South along the Australia coast. You head out across the famous Bass Strait and down the beautiful east coast of Tasmania.

At Tasman Island, the course takes a right turn into Storm Bay for the final sail up the Derwent River to the finish line at Constitution Dock – and a magnificent welcome and a cold beer in the historic port of Hobart.

We expect to arrive at Constitution dock in Hobart in good time for the New Year’s Eve celebrations, Tasmania’s best party of the year.


Related courses

Completion of the ISAF Safety Course, and the RYA Competent Crew course, are required for crew wishing to join this race.