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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. Enjoy an a la carte or buffet lunch cruise aboard flagship MV Sydney 2000, or pack a picnic and join the fun on our spectator craft. More Info ...

Sydney to Hobart - Boxing Day Cruises - 26 December 2018

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See our full range of Boxing Day Cruises including:-

Boxing Day MV Sydney 2000 Sky Deck Lunch 
See the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race departing Sydney as the yachts set sail for Hobart, enjoying a 4-course premium lunch with drinks on MV Sydney 2000 Sky Deck. Download flyer

Boxing Day MV Sydney 2000 Show Deck Lunch 
The Sydney to Hobart is one of the world's great ocean races. Experience the excitement as the yachts depart Sydney, enjoying buffet lunch with drinks on Sydney 2000 Show Deck. 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 yachts set sail for Hobart. Download flyer

Boxing Day Race to Bondi ex Circular Quay 11.30am 
Cruise aboard rocket catamarans from Circular Quay and follow the race outside 'The Heads' of Sydney Harbour towards Bondi. Download flyer

Boxing Day Race to Bondi ex Manly 11.45am 
Cruise aboard rocket catamarans from Manly and follow the race outside 'The Heads' of Sydney Harbour towards Bondi. Download flyer

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Boxing Day MV Sydney 2000 Club Deck Lunch 
Experience the excitement of one of the world's great ocean races as you enjoy a special seafood buffet lunch with drinks on the Club Deck of flagship MV Sydney 2000. Download flyer

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

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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