How to watch the Sydney to Hobart yacht race

Posted: 25 December 2019 4:13 pm

A fleet of more than 150 boats has entered the 75th edition of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race in 2019. The cannons at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia will fire once more to signal the start of one of the world's most difficult races from Sydney Harbour to the Tasman Sea.

When does the Sydney to Hobart race start?

In keeping with tradition, the 2019 Sydney to Hobart will commence at 1pm AEDT on Boxing Day, 26 December – which is smack bang in the middle of the huge Boxing Day sports lineup.

How to watch the 2019 Sydney to Hobart yacht race

Channel 7 and ABC TV are your options for watching this year's race. Read on to see the specific options and start times. Otherwise if you're in Sydney you may be able to find a vantage point or cruise to watch the Sydney to Hobart.

Watch the 2019 Sydney to Hobart yacht race on Channel 7

As Channel 7 also has the rights to the Boxing Day Test cricket match between Australia and New Zealand, it is using 7Mate for the Sydney to Hobart. Channel 7 is the exclusive broadcaster of the race start.

Its program for the start of the event and the race towards Sydney Heads is being broadcast from 12:30pm-2pm AEDT. It will then have updates for the duration of the race.

Watch the 2019 Sydney to Hobart yacht race on ABC TV

While Channel 7 has the rights, ABC TV will also be following the fleet and providing live updates via its news channels. Check your local guides for details.

How long does the Sydney to Hobart race take?

The course of the Sydney to Hobart is 628 nautical miles. The current race record is 1 day, 9 hours, 15 minutes and 24 seconds. That was set in 2017 by LDV Comanche.

By contrast, if you opted to fly from Sydney to Hobart, you are looking at a flight time of around 1 hour, 55 minutes.

When does the Sydney to Hobart finish?

The race ends on Tuesday, 31 December, although entrants in the fleet may have finished before then or still be making their journey to Hobart.

What are my other options for watching sailing outside of the Sydney to Hobart?

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.

The highly lucrative newcomer on the sailing scene, the SailGP, is available live on Kayo and with replays. The inaugural SailGP was held earlier this year and was won by the Australian team led by Tom Slingsby. The 2020 event runs from February to September.

Kayo Sports also has access to the SuperFoiler GP, involving thrilling hydrofoil sail racing. Kayo Sports offers a 14-day free trial so you can see if it's right for you.

A Basic Subscription with Kayo Sports is $25/month and comes with the option of watching on two screens or devices. The Premium Subscription is $35/month and has an option of a third screen. There are no lock-in contracts with Kayo Sports so you can cancel at any time.

You can check out our full review of Kayo Sports right here.


Stream Kayo Sports for 14 days FREE and no lock-in contract

Take Kayo Sports' Basic or Premium plan for a spin and stream new sports content daily plus 15,000+ hours of on-demand archives.

Image Source: Getty Images

Latest streaming headlines

Get more from Finder

Ask an Expert

You are about to post a question on

  • Do not enter personal information (eg. surname, phone number, bank details) as your question will be made public
  • is a financial comparison and information service, not a bank or product provider
  • We cannot provide you with personal advice or recommendations
  • Your answer might already be waiting – check previous questions below to see if yours has already been asked

Finder only provides general advice and factual information, so consider your own circumstances, or seek advice before you decide to act on our content. By submitting a question, you're accepting our Terms of Use, Disclaimer & Privacy Policy and Privacy & Cookies Policy.
Go to site