At this early stage, already two 100-foot super maxis have entered to likely battle for Line Honours as the first yacht to make her way up the fickle Derwent River in Tasmania’s city of Hobart. Peter Harburg’s 2018 Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race line honours-winning yacht and Christian Beck’s InfoTrack which set the race record in 2016 as Perpetual Loyal.
“The high number of entries this early in the year and the consistent interest from crews around the world is proving that this year will be one to remember,” said Sailing Manager Justine Kirkjian.
“We are predicting to have around 130 yachts on the start line with between 15 and 20 international entrants.”
Eyes are locked on The Yachts listing on the official Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race website for the return of both last year’s overall winner, Philip Turner’s Alive and the reigning line honours title holder the Oatley family’s Wild Oats XI.
This year will also see the return of many classic yachts including, Kialoa II who took Line Honours in 1971, Mark Twain, who has competed in 26 previous races, Love & War, the three-race winner, and Eve who is the sistership to Sayula II who won the first Whitbread around the world race.
Entries close at 1700 hours on October 25.