Sydney Hobart Race

Start Time:
26 December 2020
Finish Time:
30 December 2020
Availability: 10 places, 5 booked, 5 available

Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2020

Eve is offering places for one of the toughest and most respected ocean races in the world. This will be the 76th edition of Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, with a fleet in excess of 150 yachts expected. The Sydney to Hobart yacht race involves very serious sailing in frequently heavy weather and so requires a safe yacht and competent crew. Eve is an extraordinarily strong and safe yacht. Like all S&S Swan 65s, she was built to the highest standards for around-the-world racing and has already completed three circumnavigations. There is no stronger or safer boat in the Hobart fleet. Whether you’re looking to learn new racing skills or to tick off an item from your bucket list, competing in this 628-nautical-mile race will certainly challenge your endurance, boat handling and seamanship. An unforgettable experience for any sailor that has done the race. The buzz of helicopters and global media at the start, the 600 mile passage down the coast through all weather conditions, the rounding of Tasman island and the last leg to the historic city of Hobart. 

Are you ready for the challenge?

Secure your place on the crew for a once in a lifetime adventure with a 50% deposit.

The training program:

The key to success in an event like this is preparation and teamwork, our 12-day program is designed to build a crew’s confidence as well as knowledge and experience to promote safe and successful experience. This 12-day course will be spread over 2 months so training sessions can be done during the week-end, except for our offshore experience that will require days off work. 

The program will include basic skills & safety, offshore passage making, and race training: 

  • Passage making:  The offshore experience week will incorporate a 500 nautical miles qualifying passage which will include a minimum of 3 days and 2 nights of continuous sailing. You will have the option to participate to either or both passages below:
    • Airlie to Brisbane: 10th to 16th Oct
    • Brisbane - Lord Howe - Sydney: 19th to 29 Oct (option to fly to/from Lord Howe and only do one way)

Learn to work in a watch system and race with broken sleep as you sail through the night. Everything will be about sail trim and making the boat go faster. Emphasis will also be placed on emergency routines, safety procedures and handling the yacht in tough offshore conditions to make sure the crew are familiar with the yacht and their role on board. Please note that you will need to complete a 2-day Sea Safety and Survival Training Course or demonstrate equivalent Category 1 experience before these passages (we recommend Marine SafetyWorks). 

  • Sail handling: The “drills and skills” module will be covering all the basics of sail handling, yacht racing and safety procedures. Training will be run in Sydney Harbour and surrounds just prior to the Bird Island Race on 5th December.  
  • Qualifying race: You’re almost there, you can feel the start of the race approaching. Now is the time to put the final touches to your pre-race training and this module will focus on practising your skills newly acquired. You will be required to participate in the Bird Island Race scheduled on the 5th December 2020. You will experience a big ocean race start and medium haul ocean race with full racing gear and crew rotation. This race is a shorter equivalent of the Sydney Hobart race but is run to the same racing & crew rotation model. All crew must participate in that race. If you are an experienced sailor that would like to join us but cannot commit to the Bird Island island race then please contact us to discuss alternatives.
  • Pre-race training: Finally, you will commit to a minimum of 3 consecutive full days of training prior to the Hobart Race in Sydney Harbour.
  • Northern Regattas: Eve will participate in 3 north QLD regattas : Airlie race week (6th - 13th Aug), Hamilton Race Week (15th - 22nd Aug), Magnetic Island race week (27th Aug - 2nd Sept). Hobart crew are encouraged to join us on one or more of these regattas as they will deliver a uniquely intensive and fun packed racing experience. Fees for the regattas are not included in your Hobart race fee (10% reduction for one regatta or 20% for two regattas).

Key dates:

  • Northern regattas*: 
  • Passage Making: 
    • Airlie - Brisbane passage: 10th - 16th Oct 2020
    • Brisbane - Lord Howe - Sydney passage: 19th to 29th Oct 2020
  • Sydney harbour intensive training: 1st to 4th December 2020
  • Bird Island Race: 5th December 2020
  • Crew Party - CYCA Clubhouse19th December 2020
  • Pre-race training: 22nd - 24th December 2020
  • Race start: 26th December 2020
  • ETA Hobart: 29th/30th December 2020
  • Trophies and Fireworks: 31st December 2020 

Our price and Inclusions:

  • AUD$ 8,000.00 incl. GST (10% off for those that have raced with us before) - 50% is due when you book and will reserve your place. The remaining 50% is due by 10th November 2020.
  • Experienced skipper and crew
  • 8-day intensive training program including harbour training, bird island race, pre-race training
  • 4 to 8-day ocean passage (depending which leg you choose)
  • All yacht costs and Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race entry fee and insurance
  • Full provisions on board during racing and lunch whilst training
  • All safety gear including personal epirbs
  • Branded team polo, jacket hoodie and deck shorts

Your crew package excludes; northern regattas*, accommodation ashore, flights and transport to and from departure and arrival ports, alcohol, toiletries, clothing and wet weather gear. Its always recommended that you book flights with date flexibility in case of unforeseen changes due to weather or schedules.

Our IRC Rating:

IRC is a handicapping system that is designed to give all yachts an equal chance of winning the race.  As an older yacht, “Eve” has a great handicap of only 1.1 - similar to much smaller boats. Our 2020 IRC certificate.