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Rolex Sydney Hobart Race 2021 | Highlights

by Ingrid Hale

The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is iconic in the world of sailing. First staged in 1945, the race captures the attention of a nation with its spectacular Boxing Day start. An 88-boat fleet and crews took on the challenge of physical endurance, perseverance, mental resilience and tactical judgement.

Record breakers

Matt Allen’s 52-foot (15.85 metre) Ichi Ban secured the overall win on time correction, completing the 628-nautical mile (1,163 km) course in 4 days, 10 hours, 17 minutes and 39 seconds. The Australians became only the third crew to achieve three victories of this iconic race.

It was a dice for line honours between Black Jack, LawConnect and SHK Scallywag but in the end it was Black Jack who took the win.

Watch the highlights below.

An iconic supporter

Organised by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, Rolex has partnered with the club since 2002 as part of its wide-ranging support for yachting dating back more than 60 years. 

Rolex has always associated with activities driven by passion, excellence, precision and team spirit. The Swiss watchmaker naturally gravitated towards the elite world of yachting six decades ago and the brand’s enduring partnership now encompasses the most prestigious clubs, races and regattas, as well as towering figures in the sport. This  includes ground-breaking round-the-world yachtsman Sir Francis Chichester and the most successful Olympic sailor of all time, Sir Ben Ainslie. Rolex is Title Sponsor of 15 major international events  – from leading offshore races such as the annual Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and the biennial Rolex Fastnet Race, to grand prix competition at the Rolex TP52 World Championship, the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and the Rolex Swan Cup. Rolex also supports the exciting SailGP global championship. Rolex partners with the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, Royal Ocean Racing Club, Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, Yacht Club Italiano, New York Yacht Club and Royal Yacht Squadron. 


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