It’s a race which started as a cruise 70 years ago when nine little yachts set sail from Sydney to Tasmania. Now the Sydney to Hobart is recognized as one of the world’s most testing ocean races in the world.
Sailors race 628 nautical miles from a startline on Sydney Harbor to the finish on the Derwent River in Hobart, Tasmania. In between is some of the most treacherous waterway in the world - Bass Strait. This stretch of water is renowned for steep, sharp seas which can cause disaster for yachts and their crews. It was here in 1998 that six men lost their lives at sea in the worst storm on record.
Today, almost 120 yachts approach the starting line with the planet's fastest racing sleds vying for line honors at the 70th edition of the race.
Watch the start of the race here.