Incomparable and iconic, the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race has inspired sailors since 1945. It is a contest par excellence with a global reputation that transcends the traditional boundaries of the sport of sailing.
The Swiss watchmaker’s affinity for sport and human achievement has always aligned with the enduring, pioneering qualities manifested in the ‘great race south’.
This year’s edition commences, as is tradition, on 26 December. The distinct slot in the international sporting calendar has always been a significant part of the event’s appeal. Watching the race start, whether from the shoreline, on the water, or on television, remains an integral part of the Australian holiday season.
The departure from Sydney Harbour is an epic, celebratory occasion. It is the one moment when the colourful fleet converges – yachts ranging from 30 feet (9.14 metres) to 100 feet (30.48 metres) and crews both professional and Corinthian.
The spectacle provided by the front-running Maxis is compelling, as their quest to take the psychological advantage of exiting the harbour first through the Heads rapidly unfolds.