The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race has formed a significant part of Rolex’s 60-year involvement in yachting since 2002. The 76th edition of the 628 nautical mile offshore challenge set off today. Some 88 crews headed out of Sydney Harbour under a sunlit sky and into fresh 15 – 20 knot southerly breeze. As always, the traditional 26 December start offered the crowds gathered on the land and water a magnificent spectacle as the fleet poured out of the Heads into the open sea. This year’s wind and sea conditions are expected to provide a tough test over the first few days. Rolex has always associated with activities driven by passion, excellence, precision and team spirit. The Swiss watchmaker naturally gravitated towards the elite world of yachting six decades ago and the brand’s enduring partnership now encompasses the most prestigious clubs, races and regattas, as well as towering figures in the sport, including ground-breaking round-the-world yachtsman Sir Francis Chichester and the most successful Olympic sailor of all time, Sir Ben Ainslie. Today, Rolex is Title Sponsor of 15 major international events – from leading offshore races such as the annual Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and the biennial Rolex Fastnet Race, to grand prix competition at the Rolex TP52 World Championship and spectacular gatherings at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and the Rolex Swan Cup. It also supports the exciting SailGP global championship in which national teams race identical supercharged F50 catamarans on some of the world’s most famous harbours. Rolex’s partnerships with the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, Royal Ocean Racing Club, Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, Yacht Club Italiano, New York Yacht Club and Royal Yacht Squadron, among others, are the foundation of its enduring relationship with this dynamic sport. #RolexSydneyHobart #Yachting #Perpetual Discover more on: Follow us: Facebook: Instagram:
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