Each year courageous seafarers battle it out to reach the capital of Tasmania in a 628 nautical mile dash to the finish line.
The annual Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race sees competitors leave Sydney Harbour and steer their boats almost due south as they attempt to be the first to reach Hobart.
Setting off on Boxing Day – December 26th – at 13:00 local time, hundreds of crew will begin the event at the world-famous location.
The plucky sailors will then embark on a journey that will see them brave the elements on the fringes of the Tasman Sea before taking on the Bass Strait on their way to the finish line.
Friends and family of the crews and yachting enthusiasts the world over will be able to view of a state-of-the-art ‘yacht tracker’ on the event’s website which uses the latest GPS technology to keep tabs of each craft as they proceed in the race.
The event began in 1945 and has seen some of the finest yachtsmen and women compete – as much for the prestige of victory as for the ample prize money on offer.
Sydney – Take a cruise of Sydney Harbour or relax on the white sands on Manly Beach.