Biggest line up for years
Six British yachts have entered the Sydney Hobart Race – the largest UK contingent for many years, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia has announced. They are part of a larger than anticipated fleet of 90 yachts for the 2007 race 2007.
Once again the heavier classic yachts from a bygone era of boat building will line up with the sleek and modern on 26 December when the start of the iconic yacht race will showcase Sydney Harbour to the world for the 63rd time.
One of the stand out features of this year’s line up is the number of international entries, in particular the six UK entries, the largest British contingent in recent times.
The Rolex Sydney Hobart 2007 fleet will represent the USA, UK, New Zealand and Mexico as well as every Australian state and the ACT.
The first lead up regatta to the Boxing Day start will be the Rolex Trophy One Design Series from 7-9 December followed by the spectacular SOLAS Big Boat Challenge on Tuesday 11 December and finally, the Rolex Trophy Rating Series, an exciting preview to the handicap form guide for the Rolex Sydney-Hobart, from 13-16 December.
For the 2006 Rolex Sydney Hobart, a fleet of 87 yachts applied to enter, 78
made it to the start line on Boxing Day and 69 crossed the finish line off Hobart’s historic Battery Point having completed the gruelling 628 nautical mile course.
For a list of entries see www.rolexsydneyhobart.com/yachts.