The 2018 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race concluded on 31 December 2018 with the final prizegiving held in Hobart, Tasmania. Of the 85 yachts who started the 74th edition, 79 completed the 628-nm race and there were six retirements. Recipients of Rolex timepieces were Alive as overall race winner and Wild Oats XI for line honours. The achievements of all class winners were recognized as were the personal and collective achievements of the sailors and crews in finishing this revered and grueling offshore race, one which is embodied by a true Corinthian spirit. Rolex has been Title Sponsor of the 628-nm race, organised by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia with the collaboration of the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, since 2002.
UPDATE Dec 29: ALIVE, a 66-ft Reichel/Pugh design owned by Phillip Turner, has been announced as overall winner of the 2018 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race on corrected time.
Rolex World of Yachting video: ALIVE, a 66-ft Reichel/Pugh design owned by Phillip Turner, has been announced as overall winner of the 2018 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. The fifth yacht to finish this year's race, Alive prevails from an 85-strong international fleet. Alive becomes the first Tasmanian yacht to win the race since 1979 and the fourth winner from the island since the inaugural race in 1945. Turner and his crew were rewarded for their historic success with the Tattersall Cup and a Rolex timepiece at a presentation held on Constitution Dock. Rolex has been Title Sponsor of the 628-nm race, organised by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia with the collaboration of the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, since 2002.
Dec 29, 2018--Following a protest against Wild Oats XI by the Race Committee of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, which was held by the International Jury at Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania today, it was found that the protest was invalid and so Wild Oats XI retains her line honours crown.
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht 2018 – Line Honours
Rolex World of Yachting video above published Dec 28, 2018: A thrilling contest for 2018 Rolex Sydney Hobart line honours went down to the wire with the fleet’s remaining four 100-ft Maxis offering a compelling spectacle and finishing within 42 minutes of each other. Having assumed leadership of the 628-nm race shortly after 04:00 AEDT on the second morning, Wild Oats XI extended her advantage down the Derwent River to cross the Hobart finish line in first place. Owned by the Oatley family and skippered by Mark Richards, Wild Oats XI extends her record number of line honours victories to nine. Peter Harburg’s Black Jack finished second on the water prevailing from an epic duel with last year’s line honours winner Comanche. The gap a mere 63 seconds. The spotlight now turns to who will claim the Tattersall’s Cup and Rolex timepiece as overall race winner.
The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Race Committee had previously advised that they lodged a protest against Wild Oats XI: "The Race Committee received a report from the owner of Black Jack advising that Wild Oats XI’s AIS had not transmitted throughout the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2018. On investigation, and based on its own evidence, the Race Committee considers there may have been a breach of S.I. 11.4 in respect of Special Regulation 4.09 (a)." According to the CYCA Commodore, Paul Billingham: “The Race Committee is independent of the organising authority of the race to ensure objectivity is maintained and seen to be maintained in circumstances such as this.”
28 December (AEDT) LINE HONOURS Finish via LIVE Tracker and standings--
1. Wild Oats XI
2. Black Jack
See also CYCATV RSHYR 2018 Line Honours Finish Live Stream Video REPLAY.
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2018 – A Close Contest
Thirty hours into the 74th edition of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, the four 100-ft Maxis at the front of the fleet were separated by a mere five-nautical miles with a little under 200-nautical miles still to complete. A close contest between the race leaders has ensued ever since yesterday’s memorable Sydney Harbour start. Although the race record is unlikely to be challenged, an exciting finale down the Derwent River into Hobart is forecast. There had been four retirements and the majority of the 81-strong fleet were negotiating the Bass Strait. Rolex has been Title Sponsor of the 628-nm race, organised by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia with the collaboration of the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, since 2002. Rolex World of Yachting video above published Dec 27, 2018.
See also Rolex World of Yachting video published Dec 26, 2018: The 74th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race -- a diverse fleet of 85 yachts are contesting the 2018 edition of this famous 628-nautical mile offshore race. Of the five 100-ft Maxis set to contest line honours it was Peter Harburg’s Black Jack who made the most impressive start as first yacht to clear Sydney Heads leading Wild Oats XI, InfoTrack and Scallywag with race record holder Comanche forced to recover ground. A tactically intriguing contest lies ahead with variable conditions forecast and the chances of the race record being broken for the third year running appearing unlikely. The chase for the race’s most coveted prize, overall victory on corrected time, rewarded with the Tattersall’s Cup and Rolex timepiece, is wide open. Matt Allen’s Ichi Ban is among the yachts in contention and attempting to become the first yacht since 1965 to win back-to-back titles. Rolex has been title sponsor of the race, organised by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, since 2002.
Race Start LIVE Replay -- 1300 AEDT on Boxing Day (Dec 26, 2018) -- 9pm EST Dec 25, 2018 (US). Video via CYCATV, see also LIVE Twitter feed below.
- International Entrants Press Conference (video Dec 23, 2018: Hear from some of the international teams which will be competing in this years Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. See also:
- Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2018 - Race Briefing Dec 23 11am
- Long range weather forecast Navigators Press Conference (video published Dec 20, 2018).
- Potential Overall Winners Press Conference (video published Dec 20, 2018)
- Potential Line Honours Press Conference (video published Dec 24, 2018).
The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is one of the most famous yacht races in the world. Starting each year on 26 December, it is an examination of the preparedness and resilience of man and machine. Organized by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, in collaboration with the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, the 628 nautical mile offshore race stretches physical and mental resources to their limits. The overall winner of the Rolex Sydney Hobart receives the Tattersall Cup together with a coveted Rolex timepiece, the recognised reward for excellence and a deserved prize for those that overcome not just their opponents, but nature too. 2018 marks the 74rd edition with over 90 yachts entered, including 13 from overseas.The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2018 start: 1300 AEDT Dec 26, 2018, which is 9pm EST on Dec 25, 2018 in the U.S. See the LIVE Tracker.
Official website: rolexsydneyhobart.com
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