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How to follow the 2022 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

  • 19 Dec, 2022 01:24:00 PM

How to follow the 2022 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

From wherever in the world you are following the 2022 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, we’re bringing you closer than ever to the action on our broadcast and digital channels.

The race begins at 1pm local time (AEDT) on Monday 26 December 2022.

Australian viewers can watch the live broadcast of the race start from 12.30pm on the Seven Network or on the 7plus app . 

International viewers can watch along on the Rolex Sydney Hobart home page or CYCA TV YouTube channel . 

For spectators lucky enough to be in Sydney on Boxing Day, there are some superb vantage points to watch the fleet race out of Sydney Harbour. Nielsen Park is one of the most popular spots for onlookers.

If you have a boat or other vessel and plan to be on the water, note an exclusion zone is in place around the race track on the Harbour. 

DURING THE RACE

Keep up to date with the progress of the race on the official race website: 

  • Live tracker

Join us for LIVE updates at 9am and 4pm (AEDT) daily from 27-31 December on the home page, CYCA TV YouTube channel  and Rolex Sydney Hobart Facebook page . 

Gordon Bray, Peter Gee and Peter Shipway will be presenting live from the studio in the Hobart Race Village and on Kings Pier Marina, giving you updates from the tracker, as well as race action and interviews with competitors. 

Tune into a LIVE stream of the Line Honours finish as the race for the John H Illingworth Challenge Cup heats up on the Derwent. 

We'll also have live streams of other action across the fleet.

AFTER THE RACE

The Rolex Sydney Hobart website is your go-to for all reaction from the race, including highlights, interviews, the official prizegiving ceremony and divisional results. 

IN THE HOBART RACE VILLAGE

If you're in Hobart from 27 December - 1 January, head down to the Hobart Race Village.

Find out what's on during the week, including live music, activities for kids and delicious food and drink options. 

Congratulations to all the divisional winners of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2023

Congratulations to all the divisional winners of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2023

PHOTOS | 2023 Rolex Sydney Hobart Official Prizegiving

PHOTOS | 2023 Rolex Sydney Hobart Official Prizegiving

PHOTOS | Day 5 Morning - Tasman Island and Storm Bay

PHOTOS | Day 5 Morning - Tasman Island and Storm Bay

PHOTOS | Day 5 and Day 6 finishers

PHOTOS | Day 5 and Day 6 finishers

PHOTOS | Official Presentation of Tattersall Cup and Rolex Timepiece to the Overall Winner

PHOTOS | Official Presentation of Tattersall Cup and Rolex Timepiece to the Overall Winner

2023 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - A Race for the Ages

2023 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - A Race for the Ages

VIDEO | 2023 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Rolex Daily Video Summary

VIDEO | 2023 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Rolex Daily Video Summary

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VIDEO | Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2023

VIDEO | 2023 Rolex Sydney Hobart Official Prizegiving

VIDEO | 2023 Rolex Sydney Hobart Official Prizegiving

VIDEO | Race Update - 31 December Morning

VIDEO | Race Update - 31 December Morning

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AUDIO | 2023 Rolex Sydney Hobart Sked 10

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AUDIO | 2023 Rolex Sydney Hobart Sked 9

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AUDIO | 2023 Rolex Sydney Hobart Sked 6

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Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race Ultimate Guide: Why pensioners Kathy Veel and Bridget Canham are aiming to go one better this year

Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race Ultimate Guide: Why pensioners Kathy Veel and Bridget Canham are aiming to go one better this year

In last year's Sydney to Hobart , Kathy Veel and Bridget Canham lit up Constitution Dock right on the brink of the New Year.

Onboard their Yacht 'Currawong', the two sailed over the finish line 18 minutes before the clock ticked over 2023.

While they may have finished 83rd, they were winners in the eyes of everyone watching on, having become the first-ever two-handed female crew to conquer Australia's greatest sailing event.

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Now they're back, ready to compete again on Boxing Day.

And while they're used to bunking in close quarters, 71-year-old Veel and 63-year-old Canham haven't always been overly familiar with each other.

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"We are (close) now. We weren't close friends particularly when we started this but now we've spent so much time together ... we pretty much know what each other is going to say next," Veel told 9News Sydney.

For both women, while there is a definite love of sailing, another motivator for competing in the prestigious race is overcoming a stigma around their age.

"Just because you get to a certain age, it doesn't mean your future is in the bridge club or the bowls club," Veel said.

"You can inspire people to reach their own goals, they don't have to do a Sydney to Hobart, their own goal might be to own their own boat or learn how to sail," Canham added.

Last year, the satisfaction for both women came from crossing the finish line at Constitution Dock last year.

No doubt, there was pandemonium with the sound of cheers from spectators, coupled by the sight of fireworks only minutes after finishing.

But the two sailors aren't satisfied with just completing the race this year.

"I want to be there to welcome the last boat in," Veel said.

Ahead of the 2023 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, here is everything you need to know.

What time does the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race start?

The famed bluewater yacht race kicks off on Sydney Harbour at 1pm AEDT on Tuesday, December 26.

Who has entered into the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race?

113 boats have entered for the 78th running of the event including four 100-foot maxis and several past winners.

There are 10 international entrants including three from New Zealand, two from Hong Kong, and competitors from New Caledonia, USA, France, Germany and Ireland.

Australia is represented across all six states with New South Wales boasting 60 entries while Queensland fields 18, Victoria 15, Tasmania seven, Western Australia two, and South Australia one.

How long is the race?

The race is 628 nautical miles long and takes an the winner around 48 hours or just under to complete.

How can you watch the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race?

You can watch the race via the 7 Network, with live coverage beginning on 7Mate from 12.30pm (AEDT) on Boxing Day.

Where is the best place to see the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race?

Accor Sydney recommends watching from the northern shore of Sydney, or even from around the Harbour Bridge. You'll likely be able to see the yachts pass you by at Cremorne Point, Bradley's Head and Clifton Gardens.

As for Hobart, finding a spot at Battery Point, where the races finishes, is your best bet.

Who is the favourite to win the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race?

There are a few favourites for the 2023 race.

TAB has Andoo Comanche at $1.50, followed by Law Connect at $3.60 and SHK Scallywag at $8.00.

What is the prize for winning the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race?

The winners will take home the Tattersall Cup. It was first presented in 1946 by the Executors of the Estate of the late George Adams, who was the founder of Tattersall Lotteries in Hobart.

Who are the previous winners of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race

2000: SAP Ausmaid

2001: Bumblebee 5

2002: Quest

2003: First National

2005: Wild Oats XI

2006: Love & War

2007: Rosebud

2008: Quest

2009: Two True

2010: Secret Men's Business 3.5

2012: Wild Oats XI

2013: Victoire

2014: Wild Rose

2015: Balance

2016: Giacomo

2017: Ichi Ban

2018: Alive

2019: Ichi Ban

2020: Not conducted

2021: Ichi Ban

2022: Celestial

What is the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race record?

The race record of 1 day, 9 hours, 15 minutes, and 24 seconds was set by LDV Comanche for Jim Cooney and Samantha Grant in 2017.

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How to watch Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and Boxing Day test match Live

The Rolex Sydney To Hobart Yacht Race ranks alongside the Melbourne Cup and Boxing Day Test Match as one the biggest sporting events on the Australian sporting calendar, and the 2023 edition will be no different.

Here in 2023 there’s a number of yachts jostling for favouritism, so it’s shaping up to be a thrilling race, and you can watch every key moment of this prestigious event as well as other popular Boxing Day sport live from the comfort of your home using the information below.

Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2023

The first Sydney To Hobart Yacht Race, also known as the Bluewater Classic, took place in 1945 and had just nine starters. The winner of the race was Rani, who covered the course in just a tick over six and a half days.

Fast forward to 2005 and Wild Oats Xl took just 42 hours. That number has been even further reduced since – in 2016, Perpetual LOYAL broke the previous record by close to five hours only to have that record beaten by four hours the following year by LDV Comanche, who completed the race in just 33 hours.

Here in 2023 the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, the race organizers, celebrated the admission of 10 foreign yachts—including 18 two-handed entries—into this year’s fleet of 103 vessels on Friday. The ten come from New Zealand, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, and New Caledonia.

When is the the Sydney to Hobart race live on TV today?

An historic agreement between the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) and the Seven Network ensures the famous Boxing Day broadcast of the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race will remain an Australian tradition for years to come.

Under the new agreement, channel Seven will remain the exclusive broadcaster of the race start across the country until 2023, which is good news for a peak audience of more than 1.5 million viewers that tuned into last year’s event.

One of the largest fields in the event’s history will take to Sydney Harbour on Boxing Day for the start of the historic 78th edition. Channel Seven’s 2023 coverage of the race will be hosted by Mark Beretta who is a veteran of 32 Sydney Hobart races, and Comanche’s 2017 winning skipper Jimmy Spithill.

To help bring viewers an up close look at the excitement of this iconic moment, Seven will have cameras on-board previous line-honours winners Wild Oats XI and Comanche.

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Protests, twists and drama galore at start of Rolex Sydney Hobart

There’s been a dramatic start to the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race with a near collision, shouting, swearing and calls for a protest.

In spectacular and crazy scenes, two race favourites were forced into penalty turns in a wild opening to the 77th race.

WATCH IN THE VIDEO ABOVE: Protests, twists and drama galore at start of Rolex Sydney Hobart

The overwhelming race favourites were the big four supermaxis - LawConnect, Black Jack, Andoo Comanche, and Wild Oats - and they were all vying for the early lead as the boats headed up Sydney Harbour.

But Andoo Comanche was involved in a very close call with Wild Oats and both supermaxis did penalty turns amid shouts of ‘protest’.

Andoo Comanche did a penalty turn after bumping a turning mark while Wild Oats decided to do one after great confusion and debate.

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“Furl, furl, we are going to do a 720 (penalty turn),’’ Wild Oats skipper Mark Richards shouted.

‘“I honestly think we’re in trouble.”

During all the chaos, there was also an early retirement after Avalanche damaged its bowsprit and made the call to pull the pin.

Wild Oats XI has returned to the race this year and is looking for a ridiculous tenth line-honours title.

Earlier, Andoo Comanche’s skipper John Winning Jr had opened up on what what to expect and avoid based on his previous experiences.

Finishing the Sydney to Hobart is one challenge, but surviving the post-race celebrations involving alcohol-fuelled, sweaty and unwashed sailors can be another ordeal, according Willing Jr.

He didn’t hold back when fronting the media a few hours before the race’s start about what awaited those intrepid enough to venture into Hobart’s Customs House, the traditional post-race meeting place.

“Will McCarthy off Black Jack has already announced that he is in charge,” Winning said.

“Last time at Customs house when I was there, I think he got me into a headlock and brought me back into the bar and said ‘you’re not going anywhere whippersnapper’.

“He’s a veteran of Customs House and he says we’ve got to follow his lead and I’ll be doing my best to try and avoid him.

“It will celebrating, just be good spirits and having fun and hugging our loved ones and seeing the family and hopefully some sleep and praying for a shower.

“It stinks when you’re down in Customs House when you’re in there with all those sailors that are getting off straight off the boat.

“If you ever go down there to Customs House, if you are there, put some sort of nose plug on.

“There’s a lot of sweaty sailors that have been at sea with no deodorant and no showers for days and it just gets worse and worse

“We grow with the smell from here to there so it doesn’t really matter to us too much. But I remember one day when I was on Loyal I went away and had a shower and came back in clean clothes and ‘phooor, what is that?’ it was like walking into a pig farm.”

Winning said it seemed less likely that his boat’s 2017 race record of one day nine hours 15 minutes 24 seconds would be broken.

“The conditions are just a bit lighter than it was yesterday and we’re going to be early to the transition down the bottom, which is going to hurt us a little bit, we might not see as much wind the whole way down as we thought,” Winning said.

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Sydney to Hobart yacht race: How two days of sailing came down to just 51 seconds

Two huge sailing yachts on the River Derwent with Hobart behind them.

The skipper of the line honours-winning yacht in this year's Sydney to Hobart race says the victory is all the more remarkable because his boat, LawConnect, is a "shitbox" compared to second-place getter and race favourite Andoo Comanche.

"I know it looks good on TV but if you go up close to that boat, it's rough as anything and Comanche is a beautiful boat, it's better in every way, four tonnes lighter etc.," Christian Beck said.

"Shitbox" or not, LawConnect overtook Andoo Comanche in the River Derwent in the final moments of the 2023 race to take out its first line honours in a sensational daylight finish, just 51 seconds ahead of its rival.

Crew of the yacht Lawconnect smile and hold up trophy, the black sails of their yacht in the background.

"The lead changed several times, they took the lead pretty close to the line, we thought there's no way we can get it back," Beck said.

"There were guys [on board] that couldn't watch, it was very nerve-racking."

In a race that took the two leaders almost two days to finish, the turning point began just a couple of nautical miles from the finish line.

As Andoo Comanche tried to build speed off the Hobart suburb of Sandy Bay and seemed to stall in very little wind, Law Connect made its move.

A large yacht was LawConnect written on the sail overtakes another vessel, surrounded by spectator boats.

'"They seem to be accelerating out of the jibes a lot quicker than Andoo Comanche, so I don't think Andoo have a lot of options here, I think they're going to get rolled … really aggressive moves by LawConnect," said Lisa Darmanin, a commentator for the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia. 

But, not long after Andoo Comanche snatched it back again.

Then, in the second-closest finish in race history, LawConnect came back about 100 metres from the finish line. 

After being runner-up three times in a row, the sweetest moment arrived for Christian Beck as LawConnect crossed the finish line in a time of 1 day, 19 hours, 3 minutes and 58 seconds.

"I can't believe that result. Honestly it's a dream come true," he said.

How did they pull it off?

LawConnect manouvering its way to the finish line.

So just how did the "underdog" manage to snatch the win away from Andoo Comanche after it held the lead comfortably while rounding the Tasman Peninsula and entering the River Derwent?

As we've heard, a lack of wind was a big factor.

"Our boat is big and wide and heavy and it's fast offshore but it is terribly slow when it is bumpy and no wind," the disappointed skipper of Andoo Comanche, John Winning said. 

"[As the finish line neared] we sent a guy up the rig and he said 'There's no wind at the finish, zero wind at the finish.'" 

But sailors are used to dealing with changes in wind so strategy was obviously a major factor at play too.

As well as the "aggressive jibing" from LawConnect, the winners were focused on learning from Andoo's "mistakes".

"Broadly, the strategy is to watch them and if they get into a bad spot, we avoid that bad spot," Beck said.

Spectator craft another factor

Then there were all the spectator boats to contend with.

In the final moments, a catamaran passed closely to Andoo Comanche and the crew was seen yelling and gesturing.

"We had all the spectator boats and we're trying to clear them out and they were like 'You've won', and we were like 'No! We have not won yet. Stop making waves everything is going to make a difference,'" Winning said.

Tasmania Police said action would be taken against a 57-year-old man for "allegedly breaching" marine and safety regulations.

"The man was skippering a private vessel when it reportedly encroached into the exclusion zone set by Marine and Safety Tasmania," it said in a statement.

The offence carries a fine of up to $3,900.

LawConnect and Andoo Comanche nearing the finish line.

Winning said he didn't blame spectators for the result.

"I wouldn't have it any other way, I wish there were 500 of them," he said.

"It's even, everyone gets the same thing if they were ahead of us they would have had the wash but unfortunately we got the wash.

"Makes a little difference but that didn't cost us the race, we cost us the race."

A super maxi yacht arriving into the Hobart waterfront.

And as the bubbly flows for the LawConnect crew, Beck is joking about now being able to offload the "shitbox".

"It's probably a good afternoon to sell it, the afternoon it beats Comanche, probably its highlight of its career, I'm sure."

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Cat that captured hearts in Sydney-to-Hobart yacht race furthers tradition of seafaring felines

Oli the cat captured the hearts of thousands when he and his crew on Sylph VI won the wooden spoon in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race.

While a seafaring feline is considered a novelty these days, there was a time when cats were considered necessary on board a ship.

They served as pest controllers, protecting cargo and provisions from rats, and even provided insurance.

The shipping rules (II Consolato del Mare) published in Barcelona in 1494 state:

"If goods laden on board of a ship are devoured by rats, and the owners consequently suffer considerable damage, the master must repair the injury sustained by the owners, for he is considered in fault. But if the master kept cats on board, he is excused from that liability."

Beyond being efficient pest controllers, cats have been beloved companions for sailors spending months at sea.

Trim, the tuxedo cat who circumnavigated Australia with Flinders

Phillipa Sandall, author of Seafurrers: The Ships' Cats Who Lapped and Mapped the World, said the story of Trim was her personal favourite.

In June 1803, Matthew Flinders and Trim completed the circumnavigation of Australia aboard HMS Investigator.

In August, sailing back to England on board HMS Porpoise, they were shipwrecked on a coral bank in the Great Barrier Reef.

"Then he was taken prisoner with Flinders in Mauritius. Which I think is like a pretty extraordinary life for a cat," Ms Sandall told ABC Radio Hobart.

In his Biographical Tribute to the Memory of Trim, published in 1809, Flinders described the cat as a favourite among all the crew, who he said took endless pleasure whirling a musket ball slung with a piece of twine round upon the deck for him to chase, and teaching him to leap over hands.

Ms Sandall said one of Trim's favourite activities was reportedly running up the flag mast, but getting down was more challenging.

"Trim, according to Flinders, opted for being carried," she said.

A few months after their capture, Trim went missing, and Flinders was devastated.

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Mrs Chippy, a male tabby cat, was not the first cat to sail to Antarctica, but his story became one of the most memorable.

While preparing for the Ernest Shackleton's imperial trans-Antarctic expedition on the Endurance, the ship's carpenter Henry McNish found Mrs Chippy in one of his toolboxes.

He took it as a sign the cat should come on the voyage.

The name Mrs Chippy stuck, even when the crew eventually discovered he was a male cat.

Mrs Chippy was described as "full of character", befriending the crew and annoying the sled dogs.

The Endurance sank in 1915, and all 28 people on board survived.

Shackleton ordered the weaker animals be killed, and the crew gave Mrs Chippy her favourite meal of sardines, and cuddles, before she was put down.

McNish never forgave Shackleton for killing his cat, and their relationship fractured.

When McNish died in 1930, he was given a common grave. But after discovering his story, the New Zealand Antarctic society created a grave marker of Mrs Chippy in 2004.

Medal of courage for rat-catching crew member Simon

Simon the tuxedo cat was so efficient at catching rats on the British Warship HMS Amethyst, he was awarded the PDSA (People's Dispensary for Sick Animals) Dicken Medal for his courage.

In 1949, the ship was held hostage for 10 weeks during the civil war between the Chinese Communist People's Liberation Army and Nationalist Kuomintang forces.

Amethyst's Lieutenant Commander John Kerans said the damaged ship was quickly being overrun by rats, and "Simon nobly rose to the occasion and after two months the rats were much diminished".

"Throughout the Incident Simon's behaviour was of the highest order," Kerans said.

"One would not have expected him to have survived a shell making a hole over a foot in diameter in a steel plate, yet after a few days Simon was as friendly as ever.

"His presence on the ship, together with Peggy the dog, was a decided factor in maintaining the high level of morale of the ship's company.

"They gave the ship an air of domesticity and normality in a situation which in other aspects was very trying."

'Every ship should have a cat' — Alan Villiers and Joseph the ginger cat

Alan Villiers was an Australian photographer and writer, who first went to sea in 1918 when he was 15.

During a voyage in the Pacific, the ship's cat, Joseph, fell overboard.

"Villiers says, 'Joseph was a good cat, we could not leave him to drown'," author Ms Sandall said.

"They rowed and rescued him, the boys hauled him aboard and hurried back to the ship, taking off their jerseys in the cold to wrap around the cat."

Joseph was the inspiration for Villiers' book Joey Goes to Sea, the blurb of which reads:

"Joey was a ginger cat who really did go to sea with Alan Villiers on the ship Joseph Conrad, who did catch flying fish and get into trouble generally and fell overboard just as he does in this book."

'They just start swimming'

While cats are often associated with a hatred for water, Ms Sandall said cats had many traits that made them ideal for life at sea.

"They don't get scurvy — which was certainly the scourge of the seas for many years — because cats, like many mammals, not humans, make their own vitamin C," she said.

"They don't need a lot of water, because they get liquid from the rats and mice, especially the juicy ones."

And if cats go overboard?

"Like many mammals apart from primates, they just start swimming," Ms Sandall said.

Skipper Bob Williams with his cat Oli, who won many hearts during the Sydney-to-Hobart yacht race, arriving to much fanfare on January 3. (ABC News: Glenn Dickson/Clancy Balen)

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