Sydney to Hobart yacht race under way
Published: Friday 26 December 2008 09:08 UTCIn Australia, the traditional Sydney to Hobart yacht race is under way. The race, which covers 628 nautical miles from Sydney to the Tasmanian port of Hobart, is regarded as one of the toughest in the world.
Last updated: Friday 26 December 2008 09:42 UTC
The Australian yacht Wild Oats XI won the first leg and was first out of Sydney Harbour, where thousands of spectators gathered to see off the competitors.
This year Australia commemorates the disaster that befell the Sydney to Hobart race in 1998, when a storm caused five yachts to sink and only half of the competitors reached the finish. Six people died and 55 had to be rescued.
So there should be plenty of excitements downunder right now where waves are prominently featured nevertheless. Wish them all God's speed, they are all winners on my book!