The infamous, annual yacht race from Sydney to Hobart hosted over 80 sailing yachts in what will be a most memorable 72nd race down the East coast of Australia.
Since 1945 sailing yachts of varying size, shape and design have taken to the Sydney Harbour waters on Boxing day to complete some 630 nautical miles in a race that has been described as one of the most gruelling, long ocean races.
The journey from the Cruising Yacht Club (CYC) in Rushcutters Bay out through the heads, across Bass Strait and into Storm Bay can be both tactically challenging and a test of physical and mental endurance. Hundreds of yachts and thousands of sailors have taken part in the race since 1945.
Of the 88 boats entered 83 finished after a total race time of four days, three hours, 49 minutes and 23 seconds. Of the five not able to make the journey was Bob Oatley’s multiple line honours winner, Wild Oats XI after having to retire.
The 2016 event not only has been said to be the fastest race in memory it also saw several records broken. As the TP52 Ragamuffin raced into Hobart crew member Adrienne Cahalan became the first woman to complete 25 races, Tony Cable took part in his 51st race and Brue & Drew Taylor were the first father and son to compete in 25 races together.
Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race 2016 Line Honours went to the New South Wales (NSW) yacht Perpetual Loyal after one day, 13 hours and 23 minutes of racing. Two hours behind and taking second place over the line was Jim Delegat’s Volvo 70 Giacomo which had done enough, with handicap considered to take the overall win and claim the Tattersalls Cup trophy.
Giacomo, previously the 2011/2012 Volvo Ocean Race winner Groupama, came in under the Wild Oats XI 2012 record finishing time to win IRC 0 and the 72nd edition of the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.
Handicap Winner – Giacomo Jim Delegat, NZ
IRC 0 - Giacomo Jim Delegat, NZ
IRC 1 – Balance Paul Clitheroe NSW
IRC 2 – Springday Pazazz Rob Drury NSW
IRC 3 – Bravo Robert Robertson QLD
IRC 4 – Maluka of Kermandie Sean Langman TAS
This stunning video shows some highlights and what some of the sailors think of the race > https://www.youtube.com/embed/a9qpjNbuzms