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75th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race (2019)

The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race has grown over the decades to become one of the top offshore yacht races in the world, as well as an icon in Australian summer sporting events for the general public. Thousands line the Sydney Harbour foreshores or take to the water in spectator vessels to watch the start at 1 pm on Boxing Day

The 2019 race will be an historic 75th start. CYCA Commodore, Paul Billingham says: "The 2019 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, the 75th race to Hobart, is going to be one of the most memorable in the history of our great race. As of mid-July, we are ecstatic to have 100 entrants at such an early stage and are thrilled to have such a strong fleet from across the country and around the world."

"When the start cannon is fired on 26 December at 1300hrs local time, one of the largest and most competitive fleets from around the globe will be on show. Each will take home a piece of history, having taken part in the 75th Sydney Hobart."

Above: Kayle competing in the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race ... and SWD wants to be there!

Participating in a Sydney to Hobart is no easy feat from a logistical, financial and risk management stand point. As a result, we are looking to use the race as a way to raise funds to cover the race costs, boat expenses, and to raise our profile in the community. 

Therefore, we are excited to announce that we are offering 12 berths on our yacht Kayle for sale!


Our yacht Kayle

Kayle is a 54ft Lyons grand prix offshore racing yacht. She was designed and built in 2000 to be an ocean racer and currently holds the record for the fastest circumnavigation of Australia. Kayle has competed in some 15 Sydney to Hobart races, with divisional wins and places. The boat meets all the safety standards for Category 1 ocean racing.

You can read more about Kayle on our website by CLICKING HERE

Above: Kayle finishing the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
What purchasing a berth on board includes: What is not included:
  • 4 professional sailors, including a well-experienced skipper, as trainers and guides
  • Race boat entry
  • Additional insurance for the boat
  • Safety equipment (PFD, PLB, strobe, tether etc)
  • 10-day training schedule
  • Provisioning on board while training and racing
  • Flights and transport to and from departure and arrival ports (as well as VISAs for international applicants)
  • Accommodation ashore in Sydney and Hobart. NOTE: that there is no accommodation on the boat outside of the race
  • Meals ashore
  • Clothing and wet weather gear for offshore racing
  • Personal insurance
  • all other fees
Costs and Payment Schedule:


Payment Schedule if booked prior to 25th October:

  • 20% deposit due when booking
  • 40% by 23rd October
  • 40% by 1st December

Payment Schedule if booked after 25th October:

  • 50% deposit due when booking
  • 50% by 1st December
Above: Kayle competing in the 2015 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race  
* Payments are NON-REFUNDABLE
12 berths are available for sale  

Also available is the opportunity to deliver the yacht back to Sydney, at $1,200 a berth

100% of funds remaining after financing all boat and race costs will go straight to funding SWD's programs for kids and adults with a disability or life challenge. You can read about the programs we provide free-of-charge to our clients by CLICKING HERE

For more information or to register your interest, contact Ivan, SWD's Training Manager:

0415 913 804

Above: Crew person resting below deck on Kayle, while competing in the 2015 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race