Racing, Training

Battle to Hobart

The 74th Sydney to Hobart is only a few days away. On Boxing Day five 100ft maxis will be competing for line honours. The other 87 competitors will be eying up the Tattersall Cup, awarded to the overall winner. Supermaxis Comanche and Wild Oats XI will no doubt have all the cameras of Channel7 pointed at them in Sydney Harbour, but Black Jack, Scallywag and InfoTrack, with AusSea Sailing School patron Bouwe Bekking on board, will be keen to give them a good run for their money during the 628 nautical mile race.

Last year’s Tattersall winner Ichi Ban is among the favourites to win the trophy again. The oldest yacht in the fleet Kialoa II and smaller boats like Azzurro, an S&S 34, and Mark Twain will be hoping for a tough uphill battle to Hobart to stand a chance. This year’s race has entries from six Australian states and 13 countries from Hong Kong to the US and Poland and Hungary to Russia.

On Boxing Day Sydney Harbour will transform into a washing machine, with thousands of spectators boats following the fleet out of the heads. Don’t forget to miss the action of the start at 1 pm on Channel7 or better still, join us for an ocean sail from Botany Bay to Sydney Harbour to witness the action, live from the water. We have two spots left on Renegade, a former entry of the ocean classic.

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