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Hobart Veterans celebrated in lead-up to 75th Rolex Sydney Hobart

Hobart Veterans celebrated in lead-up to 75th Rolex Sydney Hobart

The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia is planning a unique celebration of Sydney Hobart Yacht Race heritage

With the 75th anniversary of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race fast approaching, the CYCA, in association with supporting local yacht clubs, has begun detailed preparation for a series of special events to mark that historic occasion. 

Central to this effort is the intention to give due recognition to Australia’s rich offshore racing heritage and to the individual yachts and crews that helped bring the sport to public prominence.

A revitalised Sydney Hobart Great Veterans Race this year saw normal entry figures more than double. Encouraged by this success the club has already nominated May 4, 2019 as the date for the next race on Sydney Harbour for yachts that competed in the Boxing Day sprint South between 1945 and 1975.

“This has really become a vital part of our sailing calendar,” said CYCA Commodore Paul Billingham. “It’s a terrific day of racing on the Harbour and it’s so important that we acknowledge all the boats and crews that made the Hobart race great.”

Closer to the 75th anniversary there will also be a two-day regatta for Sydney-Hobart veteran yachts on December 7 and 8, 2019. Organised by the CYCA, this event is expected to largely follow the format of the recent Admiral’s Cup Anniversary Regatta.

With so many veteran offshore yachts still in racing trim, the regatta promises some spectacular sailing and hard-fought contests. There are likely to be multiple divisions based on the age of the yachts, and options to race with or without extras.

Among the older Sydney Hobart campaigners expected to take part are such legendary names as Ragamuffin, Love & War, Caprice of Huon, Anitra V and Mister Christian. Competition will be equally fierce among the more recent IOR racers, many of which still compete regularly.