About The Race


The Rolex Sydney Hobart is more than a yacht race; it's a festival celebrating the sport we love! With Race Villages now in both Sydney, for the start, and Hobart, for the finish, there's something for everyone to enjoy.

  • ImageMany things to do in the Hobart Race Village
  • ImageRolex Sydney Hobart Corporate Lunch is just one of the events held at the JANUS et Cie Race Village
  • ImageHobart Race Village during New Year's Eve celebrations

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Sydney Village

There’s something for everyone at the CYCA in Darling Point – from 6 December until after the Race begins.

The Sydney Race Village at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia in Darling Point kick-offs with the annual Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Corporate Luncheon on December 6 where attendees can have a fun day of networking, enjoy stories from famous guest speakers and enjoy a quiet little drink in the race village pre-luncheon

This year’s guest speaker will join MC Gordon Bray at the Club to raise funds for the CYCA Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Trusts.

Visitors and guests are welcome to participate in the Sydney Race Village festivities from the opening of the Village until after the start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart. Sponsored by Mumm Champagne and Carlton & United Breweries, the Village has a number of attractions and events, including the highly anticipated Rolex Sydney Hobart Crew Party on December 21. Organised by the CYCA Associates Committee, one of the Club’s biggest December events boasts a DJ and late-night dance floor – free to attend for all Members and Rolex Sydney Hobart crews.

The excitement surrounding the big race continues to build with the Commodore’s Stella Artois Beer and Prawn Night on December 16. All are welcome, but bookings are essential through the CYCA website.

Finally, the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race on Boxing Day will see the Club open its doors to everyone for Family Day. The Race Village will be a hub of activity with face painters, games and family-friendly fun, plus a variety of other food and drink options.

The start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race will again be live streamed on the big screen in the Village, and the Musto merchandise shop will return with their wide range of official race clothing. The Race Village is the best place to enjoy the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race with plenty of dockside fun!

The CYCA acknowledges the contribution of its major sponsor, Rolex, and the many other sponsors including JANUS et Cie for their high-quality furniture, Mumm Champagne for their outstanding product and similarly Carlton and United Breweries for their premium beer, Stella Artois. Oatley Wines, Smartsheets and RMS allow us to deliver exceptional social and sailing events while John Winning, and his business Appliances Online, gives the club usage of JBW as the radio relay vessel for the race. Our thanks also go to Moreton Hire for their support in the construction of the race village.



Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Hobart Village

Tasmania gets the party started – from 27 December - as the participants make their way down the coast.

A warm welcome awaits you in Tasmania at the Hobart Race Village on Constitution Dock – the ultimate celebration venue for Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race finish. Once the village opens at midday on December 27, the festivities begin.

Back due to popular demand is the Carlton & United Breweries stand, plus a wide variety of Tassie’s food and drink options - no matter what the weather - to cater for every taste.

As has been the case in previous years, live performances on the Race Village stage will keep visitors entertained between official race presentations. Meanwhile, Hobart’s 7HOFM will be broadcasting live to keep up the party atmosphere. Look out for the returning highlight ‘The Tassie’s Got Talent’ competition!

Children’s games and activities in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Village will keep the younger attendees busy, with The Taste of Tasmania festival, Australia’s oldest and largest food and wine festival, taking place nearby.

CYCA supporter Musto will be selling race merchandise in the Village, while celebrated Tasmanian yachting photographer Richard Bennett will again be displaying his stunning imagery.

The Hobart Race Village will be open from midday to 10pm on December 27, and from 10am until midnight up until the end of the race. It will however remain open until 1.30am on New Year’s Eve where you can welcome in 2019 with a prime view of Hobart’s fireworks show!


As with Sydney the Hobart Race Village would not be possible without the support of major sponsor, Rolex, and the many other sponsors including Mumm Champagne, Carlton & United Breweries. Year on year our local supporters TasPorts, Tourism Tasmania and Hobart City Council help to build on previous successes and without their hard work the events around the race conclusion would not be possible. 7HOFM continues to play a valuable role as the official broadcaster from the race village while Piper’s Brook Vineyard supply their fantastic products. This year we welcome the University of Tasmania as a new and exciting sponsor with a strong alignment to the race.