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Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race

  • annual ocean race conducted by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia since 1945.
  • starts from Sydney Harbour on Boxing day (Dec 26) and finish in Hobart, Tasmania.
  • route: Sydney Harbour - East coast of Australia - Bass Strait - Tasmanian east coast - Storm Bay - Derwent River - Battery Point in Hobart.
  • distance of 630 nautical miles.
  • Rani won the inaugural Sydney to Hobart race in 1945. 9 yachts competed the race.

RECORDS: SYDNEY TO HOBART YACHT RACE

  • FASTEST RACE:
    RECORD: 1 Day 18 hr 40 m 10s by Wild Oats XI (Australia), 2005
    PREV RECORD: 1 Day 19 hr 48 m 2s by Nokia (Denmark) with water ballast, 1999
  • SMALLEST FLEET: 9 starters, 1945 (first race)
  • SMALLEST YACHT: 27 ft / 28.23 m - Klinger, NSW, 1978
  • SMALLEST YATCH LINE WINNER: 35 ft - Nocturne, NSW,1952
  • LARGEST FLEET: 371 starters, 1994 (50th anniversary)
  • LARGEST YACHT: 98 ft - Skandia, AUS, 2003
  • LARGEST YATCH LINE WINNER: 89 ft / 27.4 m - Alfa Romeo Shockwave, AUS/NZ, 2002
  • DOUBLE LINE & HANDICAP WINNERS:
    1945, Rani, NSW
    1972, American Eagle, USA
    1977, Kialoa, USA
    1980, New Zealand, NZ
    1987, Sovereign, NSW
    2005, Wild Oats XI, NSW
  • CLOSEST RACE FINISH: 7 seconds in 1982; Condor (UK) beat Apollo (NSW)
  • MOST SUCCESSFUL YATCH DESIGNER: Bruce Farr (NZ), 14 overall winners
  • FIRST ALL FEMALE YACHT: Barbarian, 1975 (skipper: Vicki Wilma)
  • MOST RACES: record 44 starts by John Bennetto
  • MOST RACES FOR WOMAN: 13 by Adrienne Cahalan (AUS); she was the navigator for 2002 winner Nicorette
  • INAUGURAL RACE WINNER, 1945: Rani
  • WORST DISASTER: 1998, 6 sailors died; 115 started but only 43 finished.
  • TREBLE RACE WINNER: (line, handicap, record time)
    1945: Rani
    2005 Wild Oats XI

WINNERS: SYDNEY TO HOBART LINE HONOURS

  • 2005: Wild Oats XI, 1D 18hr 40m *** record time ***
  • 2004: Nicorette 2D 16hr
  • 2003: Skandia, 2D 15hr 14m
  • 2002: Alfa Romeo
  • 2001: Assa Abloy, 2D 20hr 46m
  • 2000: Nicorette
  • 1999: Nokia, 1D 19hr 48m *** record time ***
  • 1998: Sayonara **** 6 sailors died ****
  • 1997: Brindabella, 2D 23hr 37m
  • 1996: Morning Glory, 2D 14hr 7m
  • 1995: Sayonara, 3D 0hr 53m
  • 1994: Tasmania, 2D 17hr 48m
  • 1993: Ninety Seven, 4D 0hr 54m
  • 1992: NZ Endeavour, 2D 19hr 19m
  • 1991: Brindabella, 3D 1hr 14m
  • 1990: Ragamuffin, 2D 21hr 5m
  • 1989: Drumbeat, 3D 6hr 21m
  • 1988: Ragamuffin, 3D 15hr 29m
  • 1987: Sovereign, 2D 21hr 58m
  • 1986: Condor of Bermuda, 2D 23hr 26m
  • 1985: Apollo, 3D 4hr 32m
  • 1984: New Zealand, 3D 11hr 21m
  • 1983: Condor, 3D 0hr 50m
  • 1982: Condor of Bermuda, 3D 0hr 59m
  • 1981: Vengeance, 3D 22hr 30m
  • 1980: New Zealand, 2D 18hr 45m
  • 1979: Bumblebee IV
  • 1978: Apollo
  • 1977: Kialoa II
  • 1976: Ballyhoo
  • 1975: Kialoa
  • 1974: Helsal
  • 1973: Ondine III
  • 1972: American Eagle
  • 1971: Kialoa
  • 1970: Buccaneer

BRITISH WINNERS: SYDNEY TO HOBART OVERALL

  • OVERALL HANDICAP WINNERS
  • 1945, Rani, skipper Royal Navy Captain John Illingworth
  • 1969, Morning Cloud, skipper British Prime Minister Edward Heath
  • 2004, Aera, skipper Jez Fanstone

INTERNATIONAL WINNERS: SYDNEY TO HOBART OVERALL

  • Rainbow II (NZ), 1967, 1969
  • Pathfinder (NZ), 1971
  • American Eagle (USA), 1972
  • Ceil III (Hong Kong), 1973
  • Kialoa II (USA), 1977
  • New Zealand (NZ), 1980
  • Atara (Ireland), 1991
  • Raptor (Germany), 1994
  • Beau Geste (Hong Kong/China), 1997

RACING:

Sydney to Hobart

Round the World
Volvo Ocean Race

America's Cup

Skandia Geelong Week

Skandia Cowes Week


Admiral's Cup

Solo Round the World

Ellen MacArthur

Rolex Fastnet

Rolex Transatlantic

Maxi Rolex Cup


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