Celebrated In: Australia
The Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race (sometimes referred to as the Bluewater Classic in the Australian media) is an annual event hosted by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, starting in Sydney on Boxing Day and finishing in Hobart, Tasmania. The race distance is approximately 630 nautical miles (1,170 km). The race is run in co-operation with the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, and is widely considered to be one of the most difficult yacht races in the world. The race was initially planned to be a cruise by Peter Luke and some friends who had formed a club for those who enjoyed cruising as opposed to racing, however when a visiting British Royal Navy Officer,Captain John Illingworth, suggested it be made a race, the event was born. The Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race has grown over the decades,since the inaugural race in 1945, to become one of the top three offshore yacht races in the world,and it now attracts maxi yachts from all around the globe. The 2004 race marked the 60th running of the event. The previous race record was set in 2005 by Wild Oats XI, which crossed the line in a time of 1 day,18 hours,40 minutes and 10 seconds. The previous record was beaten by Wild Oats XI in 2012 when it crossed the line in 1 day, 18 hours, 23 minutes and 12 seconds. This brought about another record for "Wild Oats XI", as they became the first boat to claim the treble - race record, line honours and overall winner - twice.