Aussie Boxing Day

“Life is like sailing. You can use any wind to go in any direction…”

Robert Brault

In Australia there are three things to do on December 26th. Shop, watch the cricket, and check out the start of the yacht race. This year the shopping is of dubious safety, the cricket crowds are curtailed in numbers and the yachts aren’t sailing at all. The first Sydney-Hobart race was in 1945 and had 9 starters. This is the first year that it has ever been cancelled. There are two major categories of competition. Handicap and Line honours. The first race was completed in 6 days, 14 hours and 22 mins. The race record is held by Wild Oats XI with a time of 1 day, 18 hours, 40 mins and 10 secs. The wooden yacht Morna has won the most races – 1946, 1947, 1948, 1954, 1956, 1957 and 1960. Wild Oats XI has the record for most consecutive titles – 4. The closest ever race was won by Condor of Bermuda in 1982, by 7 secs. The oldest winning Skipper was John Walker at age 85 years. Skippers John Bennetts, Lou Abraham and Tony Cable have each sailed 44 races. The yacht Witchdoctor holds the record for most completed races with 27. #2020cansailaway #letsmakelemonade

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