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Rolex Sydney Hobart Race / 630nm / 25 Dec 2019 - 2 Jan 2020

6 days / cat 1 ocean race / crew full WAITLIST ONLY

The Rolex Sydney Hobart Race is one of the toughest and most respected ocean races in the world. Its the only major race that starts in a harbour, takes in a passage and finishes in a river. This will be the 75th edition of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, with a fleet in excess of 150 yachts expected, ranging from 36 to 100 foot in length. The electric pre-race village atmosphere at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) followed by the excitement of the build-up to the start on Sydney Harbour on Boxing Day is hard to describe. With thousands of spectator vessels, helicopters overhead and hundreds of thousands of people lining the Sydney waterfront and cliff tops, the race start at 1pm on Boxing Day each year is an Australian sporting tradition. We'll assemble in Sydney late on Christmas Day, start the race at 1pm on Boxing Day and arrive in Hobart in time for New Years celebrations, the Taste of Tasmania Festival and a range of great local activities and sights. It’s an absolutely unique experience from the moment to land in Sydney to the time you depart Hobart.

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The 630nm route from Sydney to Hobart across the infamous Bass Strait.

The 630nm route from Sydney to Hobart across the infamous Bass Strait.

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You can fly directly into Sydney Airport on Tuesday 24th or Wednesday 25th December. Our crew will officially assemble on Christmas Day evening and you will join us for a crew dinner ashore. On Thursday 26th December we'll meet for breakfast early and then run through final checks and preparations. We'll familiarise you with the yacht, systems and safety equipment and get you ready for departure from the dock around 11:30am. Its a 4-5 day sail to Hobart with arrival expected on the 30-31st December. You are welcome to stay onboard, but we will also book group-share accomodation ashore at an estimated cost of around $1,200 per person for 4 nights. When we arrive in Hobart, we'll do the customary sail past the crowd on Constitution Dock, before tying up at the marina and heading to the Custom House (open 24 hours) for an arrival drink or two. We'll attend a number of events in Hobart including a New Years Eve party, The Taste of Tasmania and the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race Presentation. You should plan to fly out of Hobart after midday on the 1st of January. Most of our crew will depart around the 3rd of January, so plan to stay on and enjoy the 3-4 days in Hobart at the end of the race, as it truly is a celebration you will never forget.

Rolex Sydney Hobart


Your crew package includes; all meals onboard, meals ashore in Sydney, accommodation onboard, your Ocean Gem crew shirt, an Ocean Gem crew jacket, marina fees, race entry fees, the use of a PFD (personal floatation device), PLB (personal locator beacon), and a safety tether. Your bedding, a pillow and towel are also included along with suncream.


The Organ Pipes Tasmania Sydney Hobart Race


Your crew package excludes; accommodation ashore, flights and transport to and from departure and arrival ports, alcohol, meals ashore in Hobart, toiletries, clothing and wet weather gear. Its always recommended that you book flights with date flexibility incase of unforeseen changes due to weather or schedules. Accommodation options if you want to stay ashore either side of trip: AirBNBBooking.comWotif & HomeAway.

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