Friday, December 26, 2008

Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race


Boxing Day in Australia marks the start of the annual Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. The race which has been run for 64 years, is considered to be one of the world’s most prestigious and challenging yachting events.

Starting in Sydney Harbour, the course runs for 628 nautical miles along the east coast of Australia, across Bass Strait and up Tasmania’s Derwent River to the finish line. Not without its dangers, many Australians still remember the terrible storms that battered the 1998 race fleet, sinking five boats and claiming six lives.

This year, the yacht SWD (Sailors with disABILITIES) will line up again to tackle the race. The crew of seven have a variety of disabilities but this did not stop them winning their race division last year. Good luck SWD. We hope you manage to equal (if not better) your achievement last year.

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