The Clipper Race visits Hobart, Tasmania, for the first time in its history following the fleet’s participation in the classic Rolex Sydney Hobart Race.
The entire Clipper 70 fleet will be taking part in the iconic Australian ocean race. The Clipper Race fleet and two Clipper 68s will join approximately 80 other boats leaving the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia in Sydney for the Boxing Day spectacle.
The boats will sail out of the famous Sydney Harbour and head for Hobart, Tasmania, along with some of the world’s most famous yachtsmen and some very impressive yachts.
The Rolex Sydney Hobart is a world yachting highlight and a big spectator event with tens of thousands of people lining Sydney Harbour Heads to see the yachts depart.
Sir Robin Knox Johnston, who competed in the 2010 Rolex Sydney Hobart aboard Titania of Cowes, has these words of wisdom for the crews. “The Clipper Race sailors will have sailed halfway around the world to participate in the Rolex Sydney Hobart, one of the world’s great classic ocean races. It?will give these?amateur crews?a chance to?test themselves?against some?tough opposition outside the Clipper Race,” he said.
Once the crews reach the bustling harbour in Hobart, there will be plenty of fun and festivities as the historic Tasmanian capital celebrates the arrival of the fleet in the run up to New Year’s Eve. The city made Lonely Planet’s ‘Best in Travel’ for 2013 and is a real cultural and foodie destination as well as being known for its inspiring landscapes.
Rising high above Hobart is wild Mt Wellington, great?for bushwalking and various mountain activities. The Derwent River runs below the mountain and is an important connection to Hobart’s maritime past.
Day trips around Tasmania’s wild coastlines, expansive lakes and rugged bushland are highly recommended.
And for some culture, Hobart’s Museum of Old and New Art opened in 2011 to rave reviews with critics and travel journalists hailing its collections and architecture.
Tasmania’s food scene has burgeoned over the last few years, and some of Australia’s top restaurants can be found around the island.
The Salamanca Markets by the harbour each Saturday showcase the best of Tasmanian produce, including seafood, salmon, wild abalone, black truffles, ginger beer and wine.
Hobart is also known for its old pubs, and there is no better way to get to know the Australians than over a schooner (a 3⁄4 pint) or a tinny (can) at the beach.
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