About The Race

Villages

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, located at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) Hardstand, is the epicentre for those farewelling or welcoming crews, or for visitors just keen to be a part of the Rolex Sydney Hobart on Boxing Day.

In prime position overlooking the marina, there is some added comfort and style in the village, as we saw in 2016. 

Race Village sponsor JANUS et Cie provided their stylish outdoor furnishings, setting a nautical scene with classic navy and white lounges, chairs and tables. During December, the Sydney Race Village was at the heart of the action as crews prepared their yachts, the media broadcasted live from the village, and spectators and loved ones enjoyed Family Day on Race Day. 

The Race Village on Family Day had activities for both young children and teenagers including face painting, a popcorn machine, ‘Hook a Boat’ Competition run by Sailors with Disabilities (SwD), an RMS Photo Booth and more!

For the adults, the Mumm Champagne and Peroni Bars meant you could relax on the JANUS et Cie furniture and take in the race atmosphere in luxurious style. For the live coverage of the race start, the outdoor big screen had you covered, with highlights and replays playing into the evening. 

Hobart Race Village

The Hobart Race Village located at Constitution Dock, is the place to be between Christmas and New Years Day in Hobart. It's the perfect place to wait and watch the boats come in and cheer the crews as they arrive at the marina and collect their commemorative Rolex crew shirt. 

In 2016, the Village featured a substantial lounge and village green area to sit, relax and enjoy a diverse range of food and drinks from local food trucks and vendors in the Village Market Place; tacos, pizza and gozleme just to name a few of the tasty options available!

There was live entertainment and music on stage, featuring daily performances and competitions, the outdoor big screen showed live footage of the race including race and village highlights on the interactive digital event feed, and an active space for morning workouts such as Yoga, Zumba and Boot Camp. 

The Nippers-to-Skippers kids area kept the little ones entertained all week long with different activities each day, including a DIY Cupcake Bar and collaborative Art Mural. For the parents and friends, the Hobart Race Village bars hosted 'meet-the-maker' tastings from local producers Lost Pippin CiderPiper's Brook Vineyards and McHenry Distillery.

Tourism Tasmania's ePhoto Booth provided hours of entertainment for people of all ages as you lived #tassiestyle, plus an opportunity to test your knowledge in Rolex Sydney Hobart trivia, or find clues in the digital history timeline on the interactive touch screens in the Village marquee.  

It's the best position to watch the New Year's Eve fireworks on the Derwent River, boasting the only outdoor festival in Hobart on the night!