The 73rd edition of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race drew to a close earlier this week (January 1) with the local coastline providing a spectacular backdrop to the sailing action.
The racing yachts set off from Sydney Harbour on December 26 to begin the 628 nautical mile course, with Black Jack leading the way, closely followed by LDV Comanche and Wild Oats XI. A light easterly breeze of five to seven knots provided a serene start to this bluewater race.
John Markos, commodore of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, said: “We’re thrilled the fleet got away and that the spectacle lingered longer than usual because of the light airs. The leaders were engaged from the off, which was exciting to watch, and the rest of the fleet came through pretty well.”