Family values

Its a rare occasion that father and son ever get to do a Sydney Hobart together. This year, the Taylors will be lining up for an unprecedented 27 Hobarts with each other.

Last Word with Tony Ellis

On Boxing Day, Tony Ellis will pull on the sea boots for his 52nd race. He and Tony Cable (also 52 races, including one aboard the radio relay vessel JBW), are in a select club of their own: they have had ringside seats to the Hobart’s colourful history since the early 1960s. Known as ‘Grumpy’ or ‘Ace’, Ellis has done just about everything yachting, including the America’s Cup, and still describes the Sydney to Hobart like being in the midst of majesty.

Rite of passage

From humble beginnings, the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race has evolved over the last 75 years into a truly iconic sporting event. The start, on the world’s finest natural harbour, is beamed live around the globe: something no other annual offshore race can boast. Indeed, the undefinable appeal of ocean racing that brings out the best in human nature – resilience, teamwork, courage and dedication – continues: “It just gets into your blood,” says veteran of twenty-three Hobart race starts, Vanessa Dudley.

Flying Finns

The 2019 Finn Gold Cup kicked off in style with the 60-boat fleet getting two races in on day one of the Finn class world championships in Melbourne on Monday 16 December.

Sporting flair

An exclusive and stylish new flagship model is taking shape in the Elan shipyard in partnership with an iconic sports car brand.

Monaco for Multihulls

Multihulls have competed in every edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 and for the first time in the history of the race, the 2020 edition is set to feature three equally matched 70-foot carbon flyers.

Olympic dreaming

The pressure will be on when the world’s best Olympic Finn sailors start racing at the 2019 Finn Gold Cup – the World Championships of the Olympic Finn Class.

Boat on parade

The French shipyard Alubat, based in Les Sables d’Olonne, will exhibit its new model, the OVNI 400, during boot Düsseldorf.

First blood

He has been trying since 2010, but one of Australia’s most accomplished sailors, Tom Slingsby, took one of his sweetest victories by winning the Australian Moth Championships at Mounts Bay Sailing Club in Perth on Wednesday.