One of the great sporting events in Australia takes place in Sydney and ends in Hobart. If you are in the city on each Boxing Day, you get to watch this amazing sport that involves sails and speed. The Sydney to Hobart Race is a prestigious sport for those with yachts and creates an amazing atmosphere for racers and spectators in Sydney.
Existent for More than Seven Decades
The sporting event has been going on for more than seven decades. For the last 74 years, the event has been taking place, it has become a favorite for many attracting different racers and seeing many win different types of trophies. This summer sport takes place annually between 26th Dec and 31st Dec ending in time for the New Year.
The Major Trophies
For the winners of this event, there are trophies that are awarded. The trophy that a racer gets depends on their position as they complete the race in Hobart. The overall winner on handicap gets the George Adams Tattersall Cup, the yacht that leads out of Sydney Heads get the Jack Rooklyn Memorial Trophy, The first yacht due south of Tasman Island gets the F & J Livingstone Trophy while the first female skipper gets the Jane Tate Memorial Trophy. the race of the yacht that travels the most distance to compete in the race also goes home with a trophy known as the Polish Trophy.
People contesting in the big sport do not only come from Sydney or Australia, but they also come from other countries as well. It is estimated that in each event, there are more than 1,000 participants. A yacht must have a minimum of 6 crew members according to the rules of the sport. There must be a skipper, navigator, trimmers, helmsperson, foredeck person and tactician. At most, the yacht can carry 24 crew members. There are strict rules that all members must adhere to such as having completed the Sea Safety Survival Course.
If you are in Sydney, this is a race that is a must-see that brings a vibrant atmosphere in the city. A perfect time to make it merrier with family and friends after Christmas Day. You can enjoy a picnic while watching it and as the last yacht heads out, extend the party with Sydney.