100 crews at the start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. 75 years since the participation of women sailors in the yacht race ….

As tradition dictates, the start will be set again on Boxing Day (Christmas) for the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s (CYCA) 2020 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. With great difficulty, but with success, CYCA Commodore Noel Cornish AM is pleased to confirm that the event will continue:
“We are pleased that so many yachts are participating this year, especially given the general uncertainty and the necessary restrictions placed on many sporting events in Australia in the last six months. The size of the fleet exceeded all our expectations and is a huge proof of support for the race. We are glad to be able to host the Rolex Sydney Hobart yacht race this challenging year. ”
Registrations for the race are officially closed from October 29, 100 confirmed boats will head south. And this year there are many returning yachts that are among the likely contenders for the Tattersall Cup, which honors the overall winner with a handicap, including previous winners Ichi Ban (2017 and 2019), Alive (2018), and Quest (2008 and 2015). Competition in the 50- to the 70-foot range is also expected to have strong representation. This year will mark the 75th anniversary of the participation of women sailors in the yacht race – Sidney Hobart. The female crews will be significantly represented in all divisions, including five captains: Wendy Tuck (Speedwell), Tiare Tomaszewski (Maris), Sibi Iljofer (Dare Devil), Genevieve Warlow (Dodgeball), and Jiang Hui Lin (Min River). The safety, health, and well-being of all participants, families, and wider communities have always been the main focus of CYCA and its racing partner, Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania. A number of significant changes will be made to this year’s event. It will focus more on the enhanced digital coverage of the competition and all briefings on the team will be held online. Social events and parties that normally take place at CYCA before the start of the competition in December will not be held this year. The Hobart Racing Village and related celebrations will be restructured in line with best practice recommendations from the village and port authorities, will be closed to the general public. The new guidelines and regulations on the safety, tracing, and social distancing of COVID-19 are constantly reviewed and, if necessary, complied with. There are only 37 days left until the launch of the Rolex Sydney Hobart. The live broadcast at the start of the 2020 Rolex Sydney Hobart yacht race will again be broadcast on Boxing Day via the Seven Networks and will be available live and on request, via the 7plus app. The full coverage of the race will continue through the official Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race website – rolexsydneyhobart.com and its social media channels, such as access to 24-hour race updates, photos and videos, yacht profiles, and real-time race tracking. The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is an annual event hosted by the Club Yacht Club of Australia, starting in Sydney, New South Wales on Boxing Day and ending in Hobart, Tasmania. The distance of the race is approximately 630 nautical miles.