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Tasmanians launch historic 75th Rolex Sydney Hobart

Tasmanians launch historic 75th Rolex Sydney Hobart
Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman (centre) launches the 2019 Rolex Sydney Hobart in Tasmania alongside Sydney Hobart winners (l-r) Ed Psaltis, Bob Foster, David Kellett AM, Luke Watkins and Iain Murray AM.

The countdown to the historic 2019 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race continues!

Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman, past winners of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and key supporters from across the country have officially launched the 2019 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race at the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania (RYCT) in Hobart – 80 days from the start of the historic 75th race from Sydney Harbour to Constitution Dock.

More than 40 key stakeholders including Premier Hodgman, Cruising Yacht Club of Australia Commodore Paul Billingham, RYCT Commodore Tracy Matthews, representatives from Tourism Tasmania, Tasports and Events Tasmania this morning gathered alongside Rolex Sydney Hobart champions including David Kellett AM, Ed Psaltis, Luke Watkins and Iain Murray AM to celebrate the biggest year in the race’s history.

“The 2019 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, proudly run by the CYCA with great assistance from our long-term finishing partner in RYCT, is going to be one of the most memorable in the event’s history,” Commodore Billingham said.

“The Hobart history of the race is a rich one. The Tasmanian capital has, since the race started in 1945, served as the backdrop for the end of the race but also the home of the finishing party – a place where sailors’ memories are not only made but where the stories are told and history is written too.

“We’re incredibly thankful to our friends in Tasmania for their continued support of the Everest of ocean racing and we look forward to seeing not only Hobart but people from across the state and around the world after Boxing Day for what is the biggest party planned in the history of the race!”

Defending the overall victory in this year’s race is local boat Alive.

“We are very excited about returning for the 2019 Rolex Sydney Hobart – and defending our Tattersall Cup title,” says skipper Duncan Hine.  

“We could not imagine missing the race: The opportunity to compete in both the 50th Transpac and the 75th Sydney Hobart in one year is almost too good to be true. After six days of heavy downwind sailing in the Transpac, the Sydney Hobart may seem like a sprint, but in many ways it is technically much more challenging.

"With more than 140 boats already entered, this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart is certainly going to be a memorable one. We can’t wait for Boxing Day and the celebration in our home town of Hobart.”

The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race starts at 1pm on Boxing Day, before the estimated 150-strong fleet heads south on the 628-nautical-mile journey to Hobart. Entries close on 25 October.