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  17 Décember 2014 posted on 17/12/2014 17:23

ROLEX SYDNEY HOBART YACHT RACE 70TH EDITION

Entries for the 70th edition of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race officially closed on the evening of October 31, with a resulting line-up of 119 yachts. This edition is set to be the event’s largest in a decade. Even though presence of five 100 foot Maxis is sure to grab most of the attention, the impressive nature of the fleet stretches far beyond the fastest boats. The five 100 foot Maxis to watch include, Bob Oatley’s 100-ft Wild Oats XI, Anthony Bell’s Perpetual Loyal, Jim Clark’s Comanche, Syd Fischer’s Ragamuffin 100, and Manouch Moshayedi’s RIO 100. Adding lustre to the occasion are a host of yachts that have won the race before, ten international entrants, and an array of Australian crews spearheaded by sailors with over 40 editions of the race to their name.


In keeping with tradition the race starts at 13:00 local time on December 26, from Sydney Harbour. The race will end at Hobart, Tasmania over a famous 628-nautical mile racecourse. The competition has been sponsored by Rolex since 2002 and forms an integral part of its triumvirate of offshore races comprising the Rolex Fastnet Race and the Rolex Middle Sea Race. Along with American entrantsComanche and RIO 100, yachts from the Cayman Islands, Germany, New Zealand, Poland and theUnited Kingdom add foreign glamour to the 119-strong fleet.


Pre-race celebrations will include a Parade of Sail of historic Rolex Sydney Hobart entrants before hundreds of thousands of spectators ashore and on the water in Sydney. The race start will be broadcast live throughout Australia and also webcast live to a global audience. Given the wide interest in this 70th edition, victory will have an extra coat of fulfilment.



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