If you went up to someone random on the street and asked them what they thought Australia’s top five most successful sports were, they would not mention sailing.
The annual Sydney to Hobart yacht race is back again in 2015 to be raced for the 71st time, beginning as always on Boxing Day – Saturday December 26 – at 1:00pm AEDT.
The start of the race will be televised live on free-to-air TV via a 90-minute program on Channel Seven, beginning at 12:30pm AEDT.
If you’d prefer to watch via a live stream online, Yahoo7 will have a simultaneous live webcast of the program, and will also have access to a replay shortly after it concludes.
Alternatively you can just live stream Channel Seven directly though the Seven Network’s PLUS7 service at any time, just tune in when the program starts to watch.
After that the best way to keep up to date with happenings in the race will be via the official website’s Yacht Tracker page.
Each yacht in the race is equipped with GPS meaning you’ll be able to track the location of them all through this service, viewing their position on the yacht tracker map or even overlaid on Google Earth.
This service will also provide predicted finishing times for each yacht based on their current progress, and will have updates every ten minutes on their line honours standings, and corrected times for those with handicaps.
The finish time of the race can vary a great deal depending on the conditions, but typically the race is won within two and a half days meaning the winner will most likely arrive in Hobart some time in the PM hours of Monday December 28 (AEDT).
Last year the race was won by maxi yacht Wild Oats, owned by Robert Oatley. The yacht has won line honours eight times and set the race record in 2012 with a time of 1 day, 18 hours, 23 minutes and 12 seconds.
The race is approximately 630 nautical miles in length, or 1,170 kilometres, and was first run in 1945.