Rolex Sydney Hobart entries close with 112 yachts

The stage is set for the return of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, with a fleet of 112 boats confirmed for the 2021 running of the prestigious race.

Among them is Matt Allen’s Botin 52 Ichi Ban, the 2017 and 2019 winner of the Tattersall Cup, which honours the overall winner.

Three super maxis are tipped to battle for the John H Illingworth Challenge Cup, awarded to the line honours winner. They are Peter Harburg’s RP100 Black Jack, Seng Huang Lee’s Dovell 100 SHK Scallywag and Christian Beck’s Juan-K 100, formerly known as InfoTrack, which will soon be rebranded.

The introduction of a two-handed division has proved popular with 24 crews eligible to be crowned the inaugural winner of the new Two-Handed Division.

Noel Cornish AM, Commodore of race organiser Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, said: “We are delighted to see such a strong fleet entered for the 2021 Rolex Sydney Hobart. The race is a hallmark of the Summer sporting calendar in Australia.

“I commend competitors and race supporters for their cooperation and support, which will ensure we can run a COVID safe race.

“The CYCA is in ongoing discussions with the NSW and Tasmanian Governments and will comply with any COVID-19 restrictions put in place for the safety of competitors and spectators.

“I would especially like to thank race sponsor, Rolex, and the race’s finishing partner, the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, for their unwavering support.”

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