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How to watch the 2022 Sydney to Hobart yacht race in Australia


A full international fleet is back to compete.

The Sydney to Hobart yacht race returns in 2022 with an international fleet for the first time since 2019.

A total of 118 boats are entered for the 77th edition of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's annual race.

After a couple of years of COVID interruptions (including 2020's cancellation), this year sees the race back to normal.

Four 100-foot maxis are expected to battle it out for line honours.

These include last year's line honours winner Black Jack, 3-time line honours winner and current race record-holder Andoo Comanche, previous winner and last year's line honours runner-up LawConnect and Wild Oats, which holds the record for most line honours wins with 9.

The 52-foot boats expected to challenge for overall honours in this year's Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race include international entrants Caro and Warrior Won, as well as locals Celestial, Gweilo, Zen and 2-time overall winner Quest.

What time does the 2022 Sydney to Hobart yacht race start?

The Sydney to Hobart yacht race starts near Nielsen Park in Sydney Harbour at 1pm AEDT on its traditional Boxing Day beginning, Monday 26 December.

Depending on the conditions, you can usually expect the first yacht to cross the finish line in Hobart within about 48 hours.

How to watch the 2022 Sydney to Hobart yacht race

You can watch the start of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race on free-to-air television on the 7 Network.

As the network will be showing the Boxing Day Test on its main channel 7, the start of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race will screen on 7Mate.

Coverage of the start of the race runs from 12:30pm to 2pm AEDT.

Alternatively, you can stream the beginning of the race on 7plus.

ABC TV will also be following the fleet down the eastern seaboard.

It will provide in-race news footage, but there is no continuous coverage of the entire race.

Watch more sailing on Kayo Sports

While Kayo Sports won't be streaming this year's Sydney to Hobart yacht race, it does offer sailing as 1 of more than 50 sports it has on offer.

This includes the hugely exciting global sailing league SailGP, which is shown live on Kayo and on demand.

It means you can watch sailing all year and not just on Boxing Day.

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Kayo also offers a number of race replays from the America's Cup as well as sailing documentaries.

Another great aspect of Kayo is its unique viewing features such as SplitView, Interactive Stats, a Key Moments timeline and, in what might help condense long sailing races, Kayo Minis.

Kayo offers a 7-day free trial so you can see if it's right for you, although some sailing events are available via Kayo freebies.

Keen to know about more sports streaming? Check out our full guide here.

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