Excitement is building for the return of the historic Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, with entries now open for the 77th edition of ocean racing’s ‘Everest’.
The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) has launched the Notice of Race and is now welcoming eligible crews from across Australia and abroad to secure their place in the fleet.
The eyes of the world will once again turn to Sydney Harbour on Boxing Day – Sunday 26 December 2021.
Following the disappointing cancellation of the 2020 Rolex Sydney Hobart due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CYCA Commodore Noel Cornish AM is looking forward to the Great Race.
“It is my great pleasure to announce the 2021 Notice of Race as the first step in our build-up to the 77th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race,” said Commodore Cornish.
“It is our hope that the Great Race will once again bring together a large group of dedicated and passionate sailors from across Australia and around the world.
“We look forward to working with our many long-term partners to bring the Race to life this year and extend special thanks to our close friends at Rolex and The Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania in particular for their extraordinary contributions.
“Thank you to everyone who supported the CYCA during 2020.”
The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race was first conducted from the CYCA in Rushcutters Bay in 1945 and has become an icon of summer sport in Australia.
The CYCA has enjoyed a rich partnership with naming rights sponsor Rolex since 2002 and is pleased to again be supported by the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer.
For the first time in its history, the 2021 Rolex Sydney Hobart will feature Two-Handed crews.
The increasingly popular division joined the CYCA’s sailing calendar in 2019 and was due to be included in the 2020 Race.
The Notice of Race and online entry is now available under the ‘For Competitors’ section of the official Rolex Sydney Hobart website.
Entries close Thursday 28 October 2021.