SOLAS Big Boat Challenge

SOLAS Big Boat Challenge

SOLAS Big Boat Challenge - Tuesday 12 December, 2017

When it comes time for the biggest racing yachts in Australia to flex their collective muscle on the world's most beautiful harbour, it's hard to escape the fact that the serious countdown to the start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race has begun.

The CYCA's SOLAS Big Boat Challenge, one of Sydney's most spectacular sporting and harbour fixtures, has for 24 consecutive years marked the start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart lead-up events.

In 2017, the SOLAS Big Boat Challenge has a new course format on Sydney Harbour, which should result in closer and more intense racing between the competing yachts, whilst providing additional quality spectator areas from shore and water alike.

Wild Oats XI has all but made this event their own in their final hit out before the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, dominating the Line Honour's having been undefeated since 2010. 

The last yacht to defeat Wild Oats XI in this event, 2009 Winner Alfa Romeo, returns in 2017 as Peter Harburg's new Black Jack and will be aiming to keep the pressure on Wild Oats XI this close to the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

Joining the supermaxi's in 2017, Wild Oats X and Beau Geste will be hot on their bigger cousins tail and looking for the win on IRC handicap.

Since 2006 the CYCA has dedicated the event to raise awareness and funds for its SOLAS Trusts, which were established following the 1998 Sydney Hobart Yacht Race when six lives were lost.

The 2017 SOLAS Big Boat Challenge will start off Point Piper at 12.30pm on Tuesday 12 December and will take the impressive invitational fleet around Sydney Harbour, with the finish off the Sydney Opera House.

Click here for the List of Entrants

 

Wild Oats XI, line honours winner of the 2013 SOLAS Big Boat Challenge Image: Andrea Francolini

Wild Oats XI, line honours winner of the 2013 SOLAS Big Boat Challenge

Black Jack got off to a great start in the 2013 SOLAS Big Boat Challenge Image: Andrea Francolini

Black Jack got off to a great start in the 2013 SOLAS Big Boat Challenge