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Sydney to Hoabrt Yacht Race 2014

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The Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race is an annual event starting in Sydney on Boxing Day and finishing in Hobart, Tasmania. The race distance is approximately 630 nautical miles (1,170 km).
It is widely considered to be one of the most difficult yacht races in the world. The race was initially planned to be a cruise by Peter Luke and some friends who had formed a club for those who enjoyed cruising as opposed to racing, however when a visiting British Royal Navy Officer, Captain John Illingworth, suggested it be made a race, the event was born. The Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race has grown over the decades, since the inaugural race in 1945, to become one of the top three offshore yacht races in the world, and it now attracts maxi yachts from all around the globe. The 2014 race marked the 70th running of the event.
In 2012 Wild Oats XI set a new record by crossing the line in 1 day, 18 hours, 23 minutes and 12 seconds.
This year, Bob Oatley’s 100-foot supermaxi Wild Oats XI logged a record eighth line honours victory with his other boat, 29 year old Wild Rose, a first grand prix ocean racer, was declared overall winner of the race.

It was great to be able to look at all the boats that had taken part in the race
See all the kit being hung out to dry after a rough few days at sea
and we even saw the oldest boat come in.

Posted by charlystyles 13:39 Archived in Australia Tagged sydney_hobart_yacht_race

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