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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Yesterday on December 26 in Sydney the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race began - one of the most unpredictable and challenging competitions that every sailor would love to complete. This year 94 teams from different countries will start the route of 628 nautical miles, from Sydney to New South Wales, along the coast of the Tasman Sea crossing Bass Strait to Hobart - the capital of Tasmania.
The participants are facing a frustrating waiting game today, with a spokesperson on the official website reporting: "light winds, in many places no wind at all, it has been a day of frustration for the 92 remaining yachts in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race fleet. There just isn't a lot of wind, especially out in Bass Strait."
Over the past 68 years, the Rolex Sydney Hobart has become an icon of Australia's summer sport, ranking in public interest with such national events as the Melbourne Cup horse race, the Australian Open tennis and the cricket tests between Australia and England. No regular annual yachting event in the world attracts such huge media coverage than does the start on Sydney Harbour. Watch our exclusive video of the festivities yesterday below now:
Over the years, the Rolex Sydney Hobart and Cruising Yacht Club of Australia have had marked influence on international ocean yacht racing. The club has influenced the world in race communications and sea safety, maintaining the highest standards for yacht race entry. The club's members have also fared well in major ocean racing events overseas, with victories in the Admiral's Cup, Kenwood Cup, One Ton Cup, the Fastnet Race and the BOC Challenge solo race around the word, not to mention the America's Cup.