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Sydney to Hobart yacht race 2019: live race updates, blog

The Sydney to Hobart is Australia's biggest yacht race. (Photo by Saeed KHAN / AFP) /
26th December, 2019
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The 75th edition of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race is set to get underway, as always, at lunch time on Boxing Day. Join The Roar for live updates and coverage of the big event from 12:30pm (AEDT).

The usual suspects of Comanche, Wild Oats XI and Black Jack are firming as the favourites for this year’s race. North-easterly winds of 10 knots or more are set to give the yachts a huge advantage at the start, with extra importance to be placed on being first past the heads this year.

SHK Scallywag 100 and InfoTrack round out the list of main contenders.

As for line honours, Ichi Ban, Quest, Daguet 3, Maverick 49 and Midnight Rambler look to be the bet bets.

Prediction
Comanche skipper Jim Cooney has been talking the talk in the lead-up to this one, and we’re backing him to walk the walk.

Strong north-easterly winds at race time should be enough to see the two-time winner and race record holder build a comfortable lead early, before holding off fast finishers later to claim line honours.

Black Jack will also be favoured by the conditions and is a very strong chance, but the extensive repair work Wild Oats XI has undergone recently makes her slightly less of a threat.

Comanche to edge out Black Jack.

Be sure to join The Roar for live coverage of the 2019 Sydney to Hobart from 12:30pm (AEDT).

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Start: Thursday, December 26, 1pm (AEDT)
Start location: Sydney Harbour
Finish location: Battery Point, Hobart
TV: Live, 7mate (first hour only)
Online: Live, 7plus (first hour only)
Betting: Comanche $2.80, Wild Oats XI $3.25, Black Jack $3.50, SHK Scallywag 100 $6.50
2018 winner: Wild Oats XI
Race record: Comance, 2017 – 1 day, 9 hours, 15 minutes, 24 seconds

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