Running 628-nautical miles (1,163 kilometres) from Sydney Harbour to Hobart, Tasmania, the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is one of the world’s most revered sailing events. Organised by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA), in collaboration with the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania (RYCT), the competition has captivated sailors ever since its inauguration in 1945. Rolex, a longstanding supporter of yachting, has partnered the legendary race and the CYCA since 2002. The 78th edition, commencing on Tuesday 26 December, is expected to attract a competitive fleet of over 110 yachts. The objective for all entrants is to lift the coveted Tattersall Cup, awarded to the overall race winner. For the triumphant crew, a place in sailing folklore is guaranteed. Discover more 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.
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