With less than 8 days to go, the Corinthian and professional teams are putting the finishing touches on their preparations for the 71st edition of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, which will start on 26 December in Sydney Harbour.

Recognised as one of the most challenging and important offshore races in the world, the fleet of 110 yachts (ranging from 9.0 to 30.48 metres in length) will sail more than 600 nautical miles to the finish line in Hobart.

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This epic bluewater race is a true test of skill, stamina and seamanship for the teams, coming from 28 nations. Practice, planning and precision are key in preparing for this race, which is considered one of the most demanding offshore races in the world and will see the teams sail more than 628 Nautical Miles.

JPK 10.80 Courrier Leon, skippered by Frenchman Géry Trentesaux, is looking forward to the challenge. “I am now 57 and it is important for me to enjoy a couple of great races around the world every year,”  said Trentesaux, a two-time veteran of the race. “The Rolex Sydney Hobart was already on our schedule but of course with our overall win of the Rolex Fastnet Race, I was extremely motivated to put together a strong team for this race. Our crew includes Alexis Loison, winner of the Rolex Fastnet Race 2013 and Michel Quintin, a former Windsurfing World Champion.”

The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia was founded in 1944 and is the organiser of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race which will start on Boxing Day at 1300 local time.

For more abou the race: http://www.rolexsydneyhobart.com/.