One of the most prestigious world ocean racing yachting events, The Sydney to Hobart race attracted ninety six entrants.
GV yachts moored in bay
CU Sydney to Hobart Yacht race pennant
SV PULL BACK TO GV girl on deck of yacht as crew prepare for race
GV boats in marina PAN TO Mary Blair with crew preparing yacht
SV PULL BACK TO GV Apollo Two
SV Wayfarer Two in marina
GV small craft in harbour to watch start of race
GV yachts under sail
SV Apollo Four sailing through good sized swell
GV yacht coming toward camera
GV Clinger sailing; yacht with spinnaker set
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Background: One of the most prestigious world ocean racing yachting events, The Sydney to Hobart race attracted ninety six entrants. The Sydney to Hobart race ranks with the world's great yacht races like Britain's Fastnet and America's Bermuda Cup.
SYNOPSIS: Rushcutter's Bay in Sydney Harbour and on Christmas Day (25 December) last minute preparations are made to the yachts entered in the Sydney to Hobart race. Some crews spend all year working up to this event. Changes to the International Offshore Rule under which the race is sailed has given many of the older yachts a fighting chance of victory on handicap this year. Preparations for the Sydney to Hobart are exacting, seasoned off-shore sailors take it on, expecting the worst...a southerly gale down the eastern coast of Australia into the often dangerous waters of Bass Strait which separates the Australian mainland from Tasmania.
An annual hazard to yachtsmen are the thousands of small craft who crowd Sydney Harbour to get a water eye view of the race start. Apollo Four owned by Australia's Admiral's Cup challenger, Alan Bond was one of the glamour yachts of the race and won the race start out of Sydney Harbour.
Ahead of the ninety-six yachts taking part in the race were five or six days of hard ocean racing, with the first over the line winner expected to reach Hobart by New Year's Day.