Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2018 – Film – The Spirit of Yachting


See the film of the 74th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. After being sent off in typical splendour from Sydney Harbour, the 85-strong fleet travels south along the New South Wales coast before braving unpredictable Bass Strait. The 628-nautical mile adventure continues down the east coast of Tasmania to Storm Bay where it turns and heads towards the Derwent River for the final stretch to the finish. Wild Oats XI took line honours for a record ninth time, holding off three other Super Maxis in one of the tightest finishes in race history, while Tasmanian entry Alive was overall Tattersall Cup winner on handicap. Both yacht owners received a Rolex timepiece.

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2018 – Trailer – The Spirit of Yachting


The Rolex film of the 74th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is coming soon to the Spirit of Yachting channel. The 2018 edition was yet another test of endurance and courage for the 1,000 professional and Corinthian sailors taking part in the revered offshore classic. Since 2002 Rolex has been Title Sponsor of the 628-nm ocean race, organized by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia with the help of the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania. Rolex timepieces were awarded to Philip Turner, the Tasmanian owner of "Alive", for the overall win, and to the Oatley family, owner of "Wild Oats XI", for taking line honours.

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2018 – Highlights


Sunny skies and winds of 10-15 knots marked the start of the 74th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race as a fleet of 85 yachts set sail from Sydney Harbour at the traditional start time of 1pm on 26 December. The battle for line honours was keenly contested by four of the five participating 30.5-metre (100 feet) Maxis, but it was 13-year-old Wild Oats XI, with Mark Richards at the helm, that ultimately prevailed to claim a record ninth title. Overall victory and the Tattersall Cup went to Philip Turner’s 20-metre (66 feet) "Alive". It was a maiden win and a dream come true for the Tasmanian owner who as a boy had regularly watched the finishers sail into Constitution Dock. The winners were awarded timepieces from Rolex, the race’s Title Sponsor since 2002.

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2018 – Corinthian spirit


The 2018 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race concluded on 31 December 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 recognised as were the personal and collective achievements of the sailors and crews in finishing this revered and gruelling 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.

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2018 – Overall Winner


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

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht 2018 – Line Honours


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 Cup and Rolex timepiece as overall race winner.

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 Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2018 – Race Start


The 74th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is underway. 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 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.

‘A Portrait of the Rolex Sydney Hobart’ by Mark Richards


The voyage from Sydney Harbour to Tasmania’s capital city Hobart is a test of courage and seamanship. Large swells and gusty winds are to be expected, as are sleepless nights. Yet many sailors dream of winning this festive-season offshore classic. On Boxing Day each year, about 1,000 professional and Corinthian crew members embark on the 628-nautical-mile challenge. Among them is local hero Mark Richards. The Australian has skippered maxi yacht Wild Oats XI to line honours victory a record eight times. It is his story and the stories of others like him that give the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race its legendary status. The commitment required of today’s frontrunners remains true to John Illingworth’s founding idea to “make a race of it”, which inspired the inaugural Rolex Sydney Hobart. The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia has been organizing the event since 1945, with the support of title sponsor Rolex since 2002.

Rolex Middle Sea Race 2018 – Film– The Spirit of Yachting


See the Rolex film of the 50th anniversary edition of the Rolex Middle Sea Race. A record 130 yachts competed, including the 35-metre (115-feet) Nikita, the largest boat to have participated to date. Cannon fire from Valletta’s Saluting Battery announced the start of the 606-nm offshore race from Malta’s Grand Harbour, taking in the Strait of Messina, Stromboli’s active volcano and the islands of Favignana, Pantelleria and Lampedusa. Organized by the Royal Malta Yacht Club with the support of Rolex, the Rolex Middle Sea Race marked a festive finale to the Mediterranean yachting season.

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2018 - Preview


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.

Rolex Middle Sea Race 2018 – Highlights


Cannon fire from Valletta’s Saluting Battery announced the start of the Rolex Middle Sea Race. The record 130-strong fleet set off from Malta’s capital on the 606-nautical-mile course around Sicily via the Strait of Messina and many stunning landmarks, including Stromboli’s active volcano and the islands of Favignana, Pantelleria and Lampedusa. George David's Maxi Rambler 88 took an historic fourth straight Monohull Line Honours, while overall victory on handicap went to Géry Trentesaux’s JPK 11.80, Courrier Recommandé. Organized by the Royal Malta Yacht Club with the support of Rolex, the Rolex Middle Sea Race celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2018, marking a festive finale to the Mediterranean yachting season.

Rolex Middle Sea Race 2018 – Trailer – The Spirit Of Yachting


The Rolex Middle Sea Race concluded on 27 October, marking the end of the 2018 Mediterranean yachting season. See the Rolex film trailer of this 606-nautical-mile offshore race from Malta’s Grand Harbour, taking in the Strait of Messina, Stromboli’s active volcano and the islands of Favignana, Pantelleria and Lampedusa. Among the record 130 yachts competing in the 50th anniversary edition, the 115-ft Nikita was the largest ever to participate. Rolex timepieces were awarded to George David’s Maxi Rambler 88 for taking Monohull Line Honours for the fourth consecutive year, and to Courrier Recommandé, from France, for the overall win.

Les Voiles de Saint Tropez – Film – The Spirit of Yachting


Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez 2018 attracted 4,000 international sailors for a week of intense competition along the Côte d’Azur. More than 300 modern, classic and Wally yachts featured in the annual festival, with the coveted Rolex Trophy awarded to 110-year-old classic Viola for winning the Fife Jubilee. See the 25-minute Rolex documentary about this legendary regatta, organized by the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez with the support of Rolex, its partner and Official Timepiece since 2006.

Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez 2018 – Trailer – The Spirit Of Yachting


The Mediterranean yachting season continued in style with Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez. See the Rolex film trailer for this week-long nautical festival, which annually gathers some 4,000 sailors for intense racing along the Côte d’Azur. Among the 300-plus modern, classic and Wally yachts competing in the 20th edition was the 110-year-old classic Viola, a gaff cutter of rare beauty awarded this year’s Rolex Trophy after winning the Fife Jubilee event.
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