How to watch the 2021 Sydney to Hobart yacht race in Australia

Posted: 26 December 2021 10:01 am

The Sydney to Hobart yacht race is set for a triumphant return after its cancellation in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Around 90 yachts will leave Sydney Heads bound for Hobart on Boxing Day as the world-famous Sydney to Hobart yacht race returns. A number of measures have been put in place by race organisers to keep the race COVID safe. All sailors must be double vaccinated and have had a negative COVID test 72 hours before the start to be eligible to race.

Boats from 100 feet (around 30 metres) down to 30 feet will take place in this year's event. The 2019 line honours winner Comanche will not take part in the race this year but 2019 overall winner Ichi Ban is back to defend its crown.

The shortest distance between Sydney and Hobart is 628 nautical miles; however, boats tend to travel further than that as they follow the fastest route available which comes down to sailing conditions throughout the race.

When is the 2021 Sydney to Hobart yacht race?

The race starts near Nielsen Park in Sydney Harbour at 1pm AEDT on its traditional Boxing Day beginning, Sunday 26 December. It will end on 1 January, the time of which is dependent on when the first yacht crosses the finishing line in Hobart.

How to watch the 2021 Sydney to Hobart yacht race

Channel 7 will show the start of this year's race on television. As the network will be showing the Boxing Day Test in this year's Ashes series on its main channel, the sailing is on 7Mate. Coverage runs from 12:30pm-2pm AEDT. It will then have updates for the duration of the race.

You can also get a webcast of the race on the official Sydney to Hobart website.

Love sailing? Watch it on Kayo Sports

While Kayo Sports won't be streaming this year's race towards Hobart, it does offer sailing as one of more than 50 sports it has on offer. This includes the hugely exciting SailGP, which is shown live on Kayo and with replays.

Kayo also offers a number of race replays from the America's Cup as well as a heap of sailing documentaries and features. Another great aspect of Kayo is its unique viewing features. They include SplitView, Interactive Stats, a Key Moments timeline and Kayo Minis. Check out the details in our Kayo Sports review.

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