International entries boost Rolex Sydney Hobart Race fleet 2/11/07

The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia has announced a larger than anticipated fleet of 90 yachts nominated for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2007.

Once again the heavier classic yachts from a bygone era of boat building will line up with the sleek and modern at 1300 on Wednesday 26 December when the start of the iconic yacht race will showcase Sydney Harbour to the world for the 63rd time.

One of the stand out features of this year’s line up is the number of international entries, in particular the six UK entries, the largest British contingent in recent times.

The Rolex Sydney Hobart 2007 fleet will represent the USA, UK, New Zealand and Mexico as well as every Australian state and the ACT.

Garry Linacre – CYCA Vice Commodore and sailing committee chairman commented: “To have seven states and territories of Australia represented is a great feature of the race, and the event’s international flavour and reputation is enhanced considerably by the nine visiting competitors, including six from Great Britain and the first ever application for entry from Mexico? We are definitely off on the right foot for a fantastic 2007 race.”

The first lead up regatta to the Boxing Day start will be the Rolex Trophy One Design Series from 7-9 December followed by the spectacular SOLAS Big Boat Challenge on Tuesday 11 December and finally, the Rolex Trophy Rating Series, an exciting preview to the handicap form guide for the Rolex Sydney Hobart, from 13-16 December.