Virtual event for 2020 Sydney Hobart
Published on December 23rd, 2020
Whilst the 2020 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race has unfortunately been cancelled, sailors and fans alike can still take part in the Great Race through Virtual Regatta. The Official Game of the Rolex Sydney Hobart is forging on which means you can take on the epic journey from the comfort of your own home.
Virtual Regatta is an engaging, online sailing simulation game that replicates the 628-nautical-mile racecourse in real-time, experiencing current weather and sea conditions. Last year, the 2019 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Virtual Regatta attracted more than 41,000 competitors playing across PC, Mac or from their mobile device via the app.
This year, the highest-placed 2020 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race competitor will win a prize pack including an RSHYR20 Sardinia BR1 Jacket, Race Map tee and Fast Dry Brim Hat worth over $460. Additionally, the highest placed Cruising Yacht Club of Australia Member will receive a prize pack of an RSHYR20 Corsica Microfleece, Boat Map Tee and Fast Dry Crew Cap worth over $260 (view prizes here).
Getting involved is easy, simply head to virtualregatta.com or your favorite app store, sign up for free, then set up your boat and select your sails.
The race commences 1300hrs December 26 (local time, Sydney). The successful partnership between Virtual Regatta and the CYCA has made the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race increasingly popular with the online sailing community as well as making it more accessible for the public to join the fun.
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This race has a long and proud history and the Club looks forward to continuing the tradition next year.
The 628nm Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race would have been the 76th edition in 2020. From Sydney Harbour, the fleet sails out into the Tasman Sea, down the south-east coast of mainland Australia, across Bass Strait (which divides the mainland from the island State of Tasmania), then down the east coast of Tasmania. At Tasman Island the fleet turns right into Storm Bay for the final sail up the Derwent River to the historic port city of Hobart.
Source: Di Pearson, RSHYR