The Rolex Sydney To Hobart Yacht Race ranks alongside the Melbourne Cup and Boxing Day Test Match as one the biggest sporting events on the Australian sporting calendar, and the 2018 edition should be no different.
The esteemed yacht Wild Oats XI has won eight of the last eleven editions but will have serious competition this year from NSW boat LDV Commanche, recent winners of the Block Island Race, and you can watch every key moment of this prestigious event as well as other popular Boxing Day sport live from the comfort of your home using the information provided here.
2018 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
The first Sydney To Hobart Yacht Race took place in 1945 and had just nine starters. The winner of the race was Rani, who covered the course in just a tick over six and a half days. Fast forward to 2012 and Wild Oats Xl took just 42 hours. The internationals – excluding, of course, the Kiwis – haven’t had much success in this race, a trend which continued in 2017 with local yacht LDV Comanche, skippered by Jim Cooney, taking line honours and breaking Perpetual LOYAL’s record, which was set in 2016, by more than four hours.
LDV Commanche, skippered again by Jim Cooney, will head in as favourite to take out the event for a second year in a row in the 2018 edition. He purchased the boat with Samantha Grant late last year specifically to win this prestigious event. The boat can go very fast, as we saw in the 2015 Transatlantic Race when it smashed the 24 hour monohull speed record, as well as in last year’s Sydney to Hobart. Their main threat will be the perpetually dangerous Wild Oats Xl. They are proven performers in the race, having won it seven times between 2005 and 2014, and will be smarting after finishing a close second to Commanche last year.
2018 Sydney To Hobart Race Live TV Times
When: Boxing Day, Wednesday Dec 26
Where: Sydney Harbour, Sydney
Live TV from: 1.00pm – 2.00pm AEDT Channel 7
Race Updates: During News on ABC
Virtual Yacht: Sydney Hobart Race Tracker
2018 Boxing Day Test Preview
The Summer of Cricket is fully underway and there is nothing quite like the Boxing Day Cricket Match at the MCG. Over 100,000 people flock to the iconic sports ground for one of the great events of Australian sport. Traditionally Australia have an outstanding record in this game, regardless of the opponent or their form leading-up. For Australia it will be all about pride and the process of preparing for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.
India vs Australia Boxing Day Test (AEDT)
Test 3 at Melbourne from Wednesday Dec 26 – Sunday Dec 30
India v Australia starts 10.30am LIVE (Seven/Fox Sports/Kayo)
Stream Boxing Day Sport Live Online!
Channel Seven’s Free to Air television coverage includes the first hour of the Sydney to Hobart race live streaming on the PLUS7 app for compatible Samsung, Apple and Android devices, as well as Xbox One and select Samsung and Sony Smart TVs.
You may wish to compliment your holiday enjoyment with the 14 day Kayo Sports free trial offer. With the choice of either Kayo or Foxtel from Telstra you can stream the Boxing Day Cricket test along with other must-see holiday TV including the NBA on Christmas Day (US) and the traditional A League Boxing Day contests.
Alternatively you may be interested in grabbing Foxtel Now from Telstra which will deliver ALL of this very same sports action as well as top hits such as the extremely popular TV show Outlander season 4 and episodes of the entertaining Peaky Blinders season 4 online.