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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2017 - Race Start
The 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart has started. 102 yachts, including 27 international entries, are participating in the 628nm bluewater classic, which marks its 73rd edition this year. The race got underway in a light easterly breeze, under a grey leaden sky. Black Jack, one of four 100-footers, led the fleet out of the harbour, witnessed by thousands of well-wishers on both land and water. Once outside the Sydney Harbour heads, the fleet turned south into the Tasman Sea and headed down the New South Wales coast towards the eastern fringe of Bass Strait. Organized by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia in collaboration with the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, the race has been sponsored by Rolex since 2002. Success in this offshore contest demands total commitment, perfect preparation and precise crew work. The rewards for the crew that overcomes all others are a true symbol of achievement.