Boxing Day Luxury Cruises That Pack a Punch: How to Catch All the Action During the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race

Over 600,000 people will line the bay and meet at the highest points on Syndey's coastline to watch the 75th annual Sydney to Hobart boat race on Boxing Day this year.

Millions more will follow the race on television. But, there are the lucky few who will get to experience the start of the race from the water.

With the breeze cooling you down from the beautiful Boxing Day sunshine, raise a glass and toast the end of another year as the fleet glides past on their way to Hobart.

If you're thinking about making this Boxing Day one to remember then there is nothing more unforgettable than hosting a luxury cruise during the boat race.

We're going to run through everything you need to know about the boat race and how to get the best view of the race by boat.

Everything You Need to Know About the Sydney to Hobart Boat Race

The Sydney to Hobart race is a world-renowned event that captures the interest of Australian and tourists alike. Let's take a look at everything you need to know about the race and its humble beginnings. 

What time does the Sydney to Hobart boat race start?

At 12:50 pm on Boxing Day a 10-minute warning signal will go off, followed five minutes later by a preparatory signal for the teams. At 1 pm the fleet will officially set sail for Hobart from the start lines just off Nielson Park.

When does the Sydney to Hobart race finish?

The great race will end on 1st January with no official timing as it all depends on when the first ship crosses the finishing line in Hobart.

Where does the Sydney to Hobart boat race finish?

The official finishing line of the race is off Castray Esplanade on the River Derwent, in Battery Point, Hobart.

How did it all start?

It all began with a group of adventurous friends in Sydney who enjoyed cruising instead of racing. However, a visiting British Naval Officer suggested it should be made into a race, the event took off. The first Sydney to Hobart set sail in 1945 after they decided to sail in competition with one another. The winner in 1945 took 6 days and 14 hours to complete the journey.

In 2017, LDV Comanche set a new race record finishing in 1 day, 9 hours, 15 minutes and 24 seconds.

How far is Sydney to Hobart?

The course is about 628 nautical miles, which is approximately 1,170 kilometres. Competitors sail from Sydney into the Tasman Sea, travelling down the south coast of Australia, through the Bass Strait and down the coast of Tasmania, ending in Hobart.

It's one of the hardest boat races in the world.

How long does the Sydney to Hobart Race take nowadays?

We've come a long way since 1945 when the race took over six days. It only lasts around one and a half days for the race now although the event still continues until New Years Day in Hobart.

Okay, so now you have the rundown on the Syndey to Hobart boat race, where should you drop anchor to get the best vantage point of the starters?

The Best Vantage Points in Sydney

It's a very different story if you want to catch the race on land as you'll head to the highest points in Sydney or battle it out for a spot on a restaurant along the bays. For those of you chartering a yacht to catch the fleet start their journey you'll want to find yourself a spot in one of these places:

South or North Head:

These two options are your best bet to catch the fleets as they set off from the two starting lines that lie to the north and south of Shark Island. Catch the beautiful start of the race as the boats race past the heads and out into the ocean.


If you want to catch the fleet as they leave the bay and head out into the ocean and watch them disappear down the coast then find yourself a spot off Bondi. You'll be well placed to see the sailors powering off to a great start as they battle it out for a race win.

Luxury Boat Cruises by Sydney Harbour Escapes

Now that you know the ropes why not think about how you would like to celebrate at the boat race? There is an option for every budget but the two main distinctions are ticketed or charter:

Ticketed Buffet Cruise

Maybe you just want to take the family along and don't need to charter a whole yacht. Or you just want to leave the organisation to somebody else. Either way, then a ticket cruise with SHE is the perfect option to catch the action from the water without chartering your own yacht.

Personal Luxury Yacht Charters

This is for those of you who want to charter a yacht for the private use of you and your family and friends. The options available with SHE are perfect for every event you have in mind with yachts allowing for 4 passengers right up to 950.

So whether you want to throw the party of the century for 950 or just get your nearest and dearest out on the high seas then we definitely have something you'll like.

Get Ready for Plain Sailing in Sydney This Boxing Day.

Don't be left high and dry this boxing day. The Sydney to Hobart boat race is an unforgettable experience for all of the family and there really is nothing like seeing the competitors race out fo the harbour and glide across the horizon on their way down to Tasmania. 

Join us for a buffet cruise or hire a luxury yacht this Boxing Day to give the family something to remember and end your 2019 on a high note. 

Browse our selection of Boxing Day charters to find the perfect way to celebrate with family and friends.

Posted by Sydney Harbour Escapes on Aug 29, 2019 4:38:00 PM