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Boxing Day (26 December) is the day Sydney comes out to play. All the action is centered around the start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, one of the world's greatest ocean races. Pack a picnic and join all the fun on our spectator craft or choose from our range of regular cruises. More Info ...

Boxing Day Cruises - 26 December 2017
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BOXING DAY - 26 DECEMBER 2016

See our full range of Boxing Day Cruises including:-

Boxing Day Shark Island Picnic Cruise 9.30am 
Shark Island is one of the best harbour vantage points for the start of the Sydney to Hobart Boxing Day Yacht Race. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the day on this fabulous Harbour Island. Download flyer

Boxing Day Race Picnic Cruise 10.30am 
Boxing Day on Sydney Harbour is an iconic Sydney event. Enjoy the ocean breeze and experience the excitement as the 2016 Rolex Fleet line up for the gun. Follow the start of the race as the yachts set sail out to Sydney Heads. Download flyer

Boxing Day Race Picnic Cruise 11.15am
Bring your own lunch an enjoy all the Boxing Day action as you follow the start of the big race out to the Heads. Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race Picnic Cruise 26 December. Download flyer

Boxing Day Race to Bondi 11.30am 
Cruise aboard our super rockets, be part of all the action and follow the Sydney to Hobart Race outside 'The Heads' of Sydney Harbour as far as Bondi. Download flyer

Boxing Day Fort Denison Ferry & Mini Tour 
Fort Denison is the island in the middle of Sydney Harbour, and a great vantage point for harbour events. On Boxing Day visitors will have the opportunity to experience a special mini-tour of the Island's Martello Tower and access to the fully operational tide guage room and Fort Denison Museum. Download flyer

Regular Cruises
A special timetable operates on Boxing Day 26th December. Download a sample Boxing Day timetable or click on the links below to check availability

Boxing Day Cruises - Sample Timetable

About the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
The Sydney to Hobart ocean yacht race attracts more media attention than any other regular annual yachting event in the world. Beginning in 1945, the 628 nautical mile race has become an icon of Australia's Summer sport, ranking with the Melbourne Cup horse race, the Davis Cup tennis and Ashes cricket. The event attracts yachts from 30 to 98-footers, sailed by crews of weekend club sailors to professionals from the America's Cup and Volvo Ocean Race circuits. The fastest vessels complete the course in under 2 days. The most exciting part of the race is the Sydney Harbour start. Hundreds of spectator craft and hundreds of thousands of people line the shore as helicopters buzz the fleet from above.

The fleet starts from two lines near Shark Island (60-100ft vessels in the front), then exit the entrance to Sydney Harbour and round the outer marker one nautical mile east of the Heads before heading south. The countdown to the start begins with the firing of the cannon followed by a flag sequence as follows:

  • 12.50pm: 10 minute Warning Signal - Event flag hoisted and cannon fired
  • 12.55pm: 5 minute Preparatory Signal - Code flag P hoisted and cannon fired
  • 1.00pm - Starting Signal - Event Flag and Code flag P dropped and cannon fired

A further signal (Code flag X) and a single cannon fire may indicate premature (OCS - On Course Side) starts by individual yachts which must then return and re-start. Yachts which have started prematurely will also be advised by radio within 10 minutes of the start. There will be no general recall.

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