YACHTING – Sydney, Australia
The Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race is regarded as one of the most prestigious offshore yacht races in the world. It has been contested annually since 1945 and attracts some of the best boats and crews from across the globe. The race starts its 630 nautical mile (1170 kms) journey on Boxing Day from Sydney Harbour into the Tasman sea and south to Hobart in Tasmania. The finish is sailed up the Derwent River into the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania. The race record is 1 day 18 hours 23 minutes set in 2012. It’s not all plain sailing however (hahaha!) as the race was marred with tragedy in 1998 when a freak storm hit the fleet; 5 boats sank and 6 sailors died and only just over a third of the boats that entered actually finished the race.