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

Sydney Race Village

The Sydney Race Village comes to life on 8 December for the pre-luncheon drinks sponsored by Mumm Champagne and CUB at the 2nd Annual RSHYR Corporate luncheon. 2016 Tattersalls Cup winner, Jim Delegat will be the guest speaker and Gordon Bray the MC as the club raises funds for the CYCA SOLAS Trusts.

Following the opening event the village will then welcome visitors and guests in the run up to one of the club’s biggest December events, other than race day, the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Crew Party on 17 December. Organised by the CYCA Associates Committee, the legendary crew party will boast a DJ and late-night dancefloor and is free to attend for members and RSH crews. A selection of low

On 18 December the Commodore’s ‘Stella Artois’ Beer and Prawn Night further builds the atmosphere of excitement around the big race with all welcome, but bookings being essential through the CYCA website.

Finally, the arrival of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race on Boxing Day sees the club open its doors for Family Day with the Race Village a hub of activity. Face painters, games, popcorn and ice-creams stands as well as the exciting addition of the University of Tasmania’s sailing simulator, ensures a special way for everyone to enjoy the start of the race, which will also be shown live on the big screen.

A variety of food and beverage options along with the Musto merchandise shop will add to the atmosphere of the big race as well as the return of Barney the penguin, back by popular demand!

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.

Hobart Race Village

The Hobart Race Village continues to grow in stature with its position firmly cemented as the ultimate celebration location for the conclusion of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

Open from 1200 to 2200 on 27 December, and then from 1000 to midnight until the end of the race (or later pending the arrival of the Line Honours boat), the village will remain open until 0130 for New Year’s for all visitors to watch the fireworks and bring in 2018.

2017 will see many enhancements for an even more enjoyable visitor experience with a Carlton & United Breweries activationand wide variety of food and beverage options catering to every taste.

As has been the case in previous years live performances on the race village stage will keep the crowds entertained in between official race presentations. Meanwhile Hobart’s very own 7HOFM will be broadcasting live to keep the party atmosphere flowing with one special highlight to watch out for….the Tassie’s Got Talent competition demonstrating that Tassie definitely does have talent on and off the water

Children’s face painters, games and activities in the race village will keep the younger race attendees busy while ‘Tommy Choo Choo’ will be providing transport to and from the Taste of Tasmania festival taking place nearby.

Along with their shop in Sydney, Musto will be selling race merchandise while hugely celebrated Tasmanian photographer Richard Bennett will be displaying his imagery taken over 50 years of Sydney to Hobart races at the Maritime Museum.

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.