The 67th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is gaining a lot of popularity worldwide among the sailing fraternity. It is anticipated to draw a fleet of 96 boats on the Sydney Harbour start line on 26 December. Rolex Sydney Hobart Race is an international sporting event as various yachts are being shipped and sailed to the location. On the other hand, a majority of the Australian fleet will come with those progressing to form ranks with the locals and heading down under and across the Tasman Sea. This year, many youngsters are making their presence felt in the Rolex Sydney Hobart, which has a formidable reputation.
Garry Linacre, Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) Commodore was present on the occasion of official race launch. He made an announcement about the fleet and met with a panel of selected skippers and crew. He exclaimed that this yearâ€™s event once again sports diversity, which makes the event so unique. Thereâ€™s a constant attraction and anticipation among the sailors as theyâ€™ll cross the notorious eastern Bass Straight.
Adding further, he said that the raceâ€™s appeal is when the 67th overall winner will beat many thousands in the Nine meter yachts up against 30 meter super maxis. He mentioned that many young sailors are taking up the wheel and making key decisions as the captain. Jessica Watson, the solo yachtswoman among the fleet along with three offspring will handle their family boat and lead the crew.
Commodore Linacre stated that it is wonderful to see that Jess will be heading the 38 footer Ella Bache. Three new young skippers, two just 18, will also take up important roles in this Rolex Sydney Hobart Race.
As part of their pre-race training, Jessica Watson will be heading along with her full Hobart crew on a â€˜dry runâ€™ to Hobart today. She explains that a lot of hard work has gone into the preparation. They are very serious and have been training for the last two to three months.
Every year the organizing clubs including, finish club and CYCA and the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania present medallions to recognize 25 and 40 races by individuals. Interestingly, this year there will be an amazing 10 recipients of the 25 race medallion.
The Rolex Sydney Hobartâ€™s race, unlike other international events presents the winner with a wrought sterling silver Tattersallâ€™s Cup, rather than a cheque. The first was presented in the second Rolex Sydney Hobart Race in 1946 along with a Rolex Yacht-Master timepiece, which still lures sailors. Two of the strong runners for the IRC overall win are Stephen Ainsworthâ€™s Loki and Darryl Hodgkinsonâ€™s Beneteau First 45 Victoire. The latter contender is firming her chances with an accurate timely win in Cabbage Tree Island Race that took place last weekend.