Two Russian teams will take part in the 74th annual race, the Rolex Sydney Hobart. A total of 26 December from Sydney (Australia) will be 92 teams from 10 countries on yachts from 9.2 to 30.5 meters. At the finish in Hobart (Tasmania) they will arrive until the New year’s eve 31 Dec.
The route of the race is designed for 628 nautical miles. After the start from Sydney harbour, the participants will go South along the Eastern edge of a wide and formidable bass Straitand then rises in Hobart is known for its changeable nature of the river Derwent.
In this race as in any race, course, experience, and skill, and perseverance, but especially difficult it makes the high dependence of commands from weather conditions. For example, last year’s winner, Commodore Cruising Yacht Club of Australia and current President of the sailing Federation of Australia, Matt Allen (Matt Allen) managed to finish this route first with only 28 attempts.
“The Rolex Sydney Hobart is a first — class regatta. The whole world is watching it, everyone knows its winners. It took a whole life to win her. This is the dream of every sailor,” said Allen after the victory of the yacht Ichi Ban.
The Russians will take my chances in Australian waters 14.3-metre Sydney 46 Mahligai name SeaVentus and 22.5-metre Grand Mistral 80 Weddel.
SeaVentus Mahligai will go this route with a Russian crew on Board for the third time, and the team Weddel involved in the race for the second year. In 2017 the crew Weddel in the overall standings took the 76th place.
In addition to the two Russian crews in the race involved 11 teams from China, France, Germany, Hungary, UK, Poland, Hong Kong (two crew) and USA (three crew).
Boat Scallywag from Hong Kong — the only “foreigner” among 100-PhotoView. This year the race will be attended by five such yachts. Among them is eight-time winner of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Wild Oats XI and the winner of the 2017 total, which owns the speed record for the race is 1 day, 9 hours, 15 minutes, 2 seconds.
In the current race towards a kind of record close Australian skipper Tony Ellis (Tony Ellis). At LC60 Triton it the 51st time will be held along the route from Sydney to Hobart.
As many times did his compatriot Tony cable (Tony Cable), which more often than anyone, participated in the Rolex Sydney Hobart.
Finally, in its own way stands out among the other participants in the Australian Ocean Racing team Respect, which will only girls. Their 20 metre Wild Oats X is a serious contender for victory in the regatta.
Despite its complexity, the Rolex Sydney Hobart is considered the guardian of the spirit and values of “real” sailing.
“The Rolex Sydney Hobart is an example of what should be a sailing race: challenge for the yachtsman who retired from the coast, combined with an attractive mix of pros and Amateurs,” — says sir Robin Knox-Johnston (Robin Knox-Johnston), forever inscribed his name in the history of sailing as the first man, who single-handedly and without stopping walked to yacht around the world.
In 2019, the organizers are going to make the 75th anniversary race special. It is expected that it will participate 135-140 vessels which unite in the largest fleet of the Rolex Sydney Hobart for the last 25 years.
But all that would come later. But until the start of 2018 is just over a month.