The episode runs for 15 minutes and features some of the controversy the race has experienced since its establishment.
The episode begins with the disqualification of Nirvana relating to the incident that saw Condor run aground in the Derwent River and later awarded Line Honours title in the 1983 Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.
Features in the episode include a run down of how the race record has been reduced over the years and the introduction of multiple start lines in 1986 as a result of the growing popularity and fleet sizes in the race.
The episode also features some of the rough weather years, particularly the 1984 race which saw only 46 of the 152 starters make it to Hobart, and the tragedy that came in that year when Wal Russel, a crewman on Yahoo 2 paid the ultimate sacrifice, and became the first fatality recorded in our great race.
It also features the rough race of 1993 when 76 of the 105 starters sort refuge along the NSW and Tasmanian coast, and only 38 yachts reached Hobart. In that race the miracle of John Quinn being rescued after falling overboard is documented.
The episode finishes with a great video montage set to a terrific electric guitar riff.
Next week will be the final episode in our series of historic Sydney Hobart Yacht Race films when we bring you the Rolex Spirit of Yachting race film on the 60th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race in 2004.
Remember, If you can’t wait until then, feel free to visit CYCATV where you’ll find archival films of the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, the entire back catalogue of Rolex Spirit of Yachting – Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race from 2002 to 2013 plus other films and interviews which we think you will find interesting.
We hope you enjoy the 6th instalment of the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race historical film series as we build to the start of the 70th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.