2018 Sydney Hobart Yacht Race: What You Need To Know
The 2018 Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is going to be arguably the closest race in history
An icon of Australia’s summer sport for the past 73 years, the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race has huge public interest similar to other national events such as the Melbourne Cup, the Australian Open and the Boxing Day cricket test.
Widely considered to be one of the most difficult yacht races in the world, The Sydney Hobart Yacht Race has grown over the decades, since the inaugural race in 1945, to become one of the top three offshore yacht races in the world, and attracts maxi yachts from all around the globe.
Route and Distance
The race distance is approximately 628 nautical miles (1,163 km) and runs from Sydney Harbour to Castray Esplanade in Hobart. The final checkpoint on the Australian mainland is Green Cape, where all vessels must do a radio check confirming they are about to cross Bass Strait with their radio in working order.
An all-female professional crew are entering the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race this year in a bid to encourage stronger female representation in Australian sailing. The 13-strong crew, led by Skipper Stacey Jackson and supported by team Ambassador the Honourable Julie Bishop MP, will race under the team name of ‘Ocean Respect Racing’.
Wild Oats XI have won line honours a record eight times and are the first boat to have claimed the treble – race record, line honours and overall winner (Tattersall Cup).
When is it and how can I watch it?
The race start time is 1pm AEDT on Boxing Day. If you are unable to catch a spot on the coastline, 7Mate will broadcast the start of the race live around Australia.
ABC TV will also be following the fleet down the eastern seaboard.
What are the odds?
While a handful will race for line honours, every crew could potentially claim The Tattersall Cup – the coveted prize for the overall victor.
Comanche - $2
Wild Oats XI - $3
Black Jack - $6.50
Scallywag - $12
Infotrack - $12
Teasing Machine - $31
Ichi Ban - $41
Wild Oats X - $51
Ichi Ban - $3.50
Privateer - $8
Teasing Machine - $9
Gweilo - $12
Komatsu Azzuro - $15
Patrice - $17
Chutzpah - $17
Comanche - $17