About The Race


Over the past 74 years, the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race has become an icon of Australia's summer sport, ranking in public interest with such national events as the Melbourne Cup, the Australian Open tennis and the Boxing Day cricket test. No regular annual yachting event in the world attracts such huge media coverage than does the start on Sydney Harbour.

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Race Sponsor


Race Organiser

Cruising Yacht Club of Australia

The CYCA is the race organiser.  The CYCA is based in Sydney, New South Wales.

Race Finishing Club

Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania

The RYCT is the host club in Hobart, Tasmania, the destination of the race

Event Supporters


Mumm Champagne - With its distinguished heritage dating back to 1827, Mumm is the leading international champagne House in France and third worldwide. Mumm Grand Cordon pays tribute to the iconic red sash – indented in the glass as part of a whole series of innovations. The revolutionary bottle is the perfect embodiment of the spirit of the House associated with audacious challenges and ground-breaking endeavours. As such it provides a fitting celebration for the winners and competitors in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

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JBW and Appliances Online - The Radio Relay Vessel MV JBW, a spacious 70 foot motor cruise, is generously donated to the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia by CYCA member and owner of Appliances Online, Mr John Winning.  MV JBW is available for charter service when not on RRV duties. Please visit  http://www.jbw.com.au  to learn more about this luxurious motor cruiser or make a charter booking.  If you are in the market for whitegoods  or other appliances we ask you to support Appliances Online where possible.  The CYCA Board of Directors thanks John Winning for his ongoing support and generosity to the CYCA.

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Roads and Maritime Services - CYCA acknowledges the support provided by Roads and Maritime Services in the preparation, planning and delivery of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. 

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TasPorts - The Tasmanian Ports Corporation (Tasports) is a proud supporter of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. Since the very first race, the Hobart waterfront and its supporting infrastructure have been critical to the delivery of this iconic event. Tasports not only provides the premier location but also enables the berthing of up to 100 additional yachts in the harbour. This year we are once again looking forward to the delivery of a safe, exciting and memorable race.


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Tourism Tasmania - Open arms and applauds, epicurean delights, world class whisky, crafty brews and a good dose of Tassie hospitality will greet you on arrival into Kings Pier this Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. Follow the current down wind and extend your Tassie trip – swap a yarn with the other crews and the friendly locals. Go behind the scenery for more Tassie tips here www.gobehindthescenery.com.au

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Moreton Hire - As Australia’s leading events supplier, Moreton Hire is proud to support the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia in the lead up to the nation’s most famous ocean race, the Rolex Sydney to Hobart.

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JANUS et Cie - JANUS et Cie, an international, luxury lifestyle brand of design-driven indoor and outdoor furnishings, is proud to be the official furniture sponsor of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s race village and support Australia’s world famous Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

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Grinders Coffee - Grinders Coffee through our Master Roasters, is dedicated to sourcing, roasting and delivering the best single origin and blended coffees in Australia. They have partnered with the CYCA as name sponsor of the Grinders Coffee SOLAS Big Boat Challenge. 

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Smartsheet - Smartsheet is honored to partner with the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia in support of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and proud to play a role in the success of such a long standing and respected event. The CYCA represents the first sailing club we have worked with and to be part of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is indeed very special.  As the platform trusted by over 50% of the Fortune 500 to manage and automate collaborative work, we feel a natural kinship with arguably one of the most collaborative sports in the world.  Smartsheet is able to provide real time corroborative sharing of critical information across all key stakeholders and emergency authorities during the race, both on shore and on the water.


7HOFM - 7HOFM is extremely proud of our long association with the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.  Live reports and updates provided by Steve Barker each year keeps Hobart on top of all the action as it happens.  This will continue this year and beyond with an additional onsite live broadcast from the Hobart Race Village on Hobart's historic waterfront where 7HOFM's team of presenters will broadcast daily from the village between 10 am and 6 pm including interviews with Skippers, crew, officials, local identities and VIP's, helping to bring a 100% Hobart feel to the event.

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Piper's Brook VineyardPipers Brook Vineyard are excited and privileged to be the official wine sponsor for this year’s Hobart Race Village.  It is our second year being part of this fantastic event and we are honoured to be alongside one of Australia’s great summer traditions the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

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Hobart City Council - HCC is a valued supporter of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, providing vital facilities and equippment for the international and domestic media who cover the race while in Hobart. HCC are also the organisers of the famous Taste of Tasmania which runs at the same time the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Competitors arrive into Hobart.

University of Tasmania - UTAS is a new, valued sponsor of the race with their unique sailing simulator set to provide opportunities for visitors to the race villages to get out on the water without getting wet. UTAS is also the primary supporter of the Batten Down the Hatches school art competition.


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Captain Cook CruisesDiscover Australia's most spectacular destinations. Captain Cook Cruises is Australia's favourite cruise line operating cruises on Sydney Harbour and Perth's Swan River, and small ship cruises on the Murray River. We are also part of the SeaLink Travel Group incorporating, ferries, accommodation and touring in South Australia (Kangaroo Island & Adelaide) and Far North Queensland (Magnetic Island & Townsville).

Davies Chocolates - Davies Chocolates are passionate about chocolate. From our artisan workshop in Sydney, we handcraft unique, mouth-watering milk and dark chocolate creations for chocolate aficionados in Sydney and throughout Australia.

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Other links

Bureau of Meteorology - The BOM provides weather reports for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.  The BOM is responsible for providing meteorological, hydrological and oceanographic services in Australia.  Link here to a specialised marine page on the BOM website.

Roads and Maritime Services - The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia acknowledges the support provided by Roads and Maritime Services in the preperation, planning and delivery of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

CSIRO - The CSIRO has for many years provided Rolex Sydney Hobart boats with information regarding the oceanographic conditions likely to be encountered on the race course.

Marine Rescue NSW - Marine Rescue NSW have showed continued support by kindly assisting the CYCA and competitors, by conducting pre-race radio checks for all boats on the race frequencies. During the race they also assist the CYCA race management team by providing communication channels through Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie. It is a great service and the CYCA would like to thank all the volunteers for their continued service over the years. 

KORDIA - owns and operates Australia's Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) HF network on behalf of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) and Bureau of Meteorology (BOM). Kordia will play a supporting role for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race by monitoring the HF race frequencies used by the fleet during the iconic yachting event, and by making available a stream of the periodic skeds conducted with competing boats, which can be listened to through the website.

Yellowbrick Tracking -  The Yellowbrick tracker is a rugged and fully self-contained battery operated tracker which works anywhere on Earth. The tracker will obtain a position using the GPS satellite network, and then transmit that position back to Yellowbrick HQ using the Iridium satellite network. The positions are then visualised on both our race trackers, the race Yacht Tracker map embedded in this site and our Google Earth based tracker.  Iridium is the only satellite network that allows transmission of information from any point on Earth. Iridium is the only satellite network that allows transmission of information from any point on Earth. Iridium has 66 satellites in orbit around the Earth, allowing coverage anywhere on Earth 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Messages sent via Iridium take just seconds to reach Yellowbrick HQ and the race website server.

General sailing links

World Sailing
Australian Sailing