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 2019 edition should be no different.
The esteemed yacht Wild Oats XI, which won eight times in ten years between 2005 and 2014, returned to the winners list last year with a rousing victory. They’re expected to be there or thereabouts again this year but with a number of yachts jostling for favouritism it’s shaping up to be a thrilling 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.
2019 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Preview
The first Sydney To Hobart Yacht Race, also known as the Bluewater Classic, 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 2005 and Wild Oats Xl took just 42 hours. That number has been even further reduced since – in 2016, Perpetual LOYAL broke the previous record by close to five hours only to have that record beaten by four hours the following year by LDV Comanche, who completed the race in just 33 hours. The internationals – excluding, of course, the Kiwis – haven’t had much success in this race in recent years, with the victory of LDV Comanche in 2015, when she was known just as Comanche and racing for the USA prior to her purchase at the hands of Australian Jim Cooney, the only international victory since 2002.
LDV Commanche, skippered once more by Jim Cooney, will again head in as favourite to take out the event. The boat is capable of a lot of speed, as we saw in the 2015 Transatlantic Race when it smashed the 24 hour monohull speed record, as well as in the 2015 and 2017 editions of the Sydney to Hobart. Their main threat will be the perpetually dangerous Wild Oats Xl, looking to become the first yacht to win the race ten times, as well as Black Jack, from Queensland, entering the race for the fourth time.
Sydney Hobart Yacht Race TV Guide
An historic agreement between the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) and the Seven Network ensures the famous Boxing Day broadcast of the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race will remain an Australian tradition for years to come. Under the new agreement, channel Seven will remain the exclusive broadcaster of the race start across the country until 2023, which is good news for a peak audience of more than 1.5 million viewers that tuned into last year’s event.
The fifth largest field in the event’s history will take to Sydney Harbour on Boxing Day for the start of the historic 75th edition, and Seven’s 2019 coverage of the race will be hosted by Mark Beretta with commentary from a veteran of 32 Sydney Hobart races Peter Shipway, as well as Comanche’s 2017 winning skipper Jimmy Spithill. To help bring viewers an up close look at the excitement of this iconic moment, Seven will have cameras on-board previous line-honours winners Wild Oats XI and Comanche.
2019 Sydney To Hobart Race Live TV Times
When: Boxing Day, Thursday Dec 26
Where: Sydney Harbour, Sydney
Live TV from: 12.30pm – 2.00pm AEDT Channel 7
Race Updates: Through-out duration on Seven/ABC
Virtual Yacht: Sydney Hobart Race Tracker
2019 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. Close to 100,000 people will flock to the iconic sports ground for the first day of 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, but the Kiwis head into this series in good form and will provide a stern Test for the home team.
New Zealand vs Australia Boxing Day Test (AEDT)
Second Test in Melbourne from Thursday Dec 26 – Sunday Dec 30
New Zealand 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 (NZ vs Australia) along with other must-see holiday TV including the NBA on Christmas Day (US) and the traditional post Boxing Day Big Bash League T20 matches.
Alternatively you may be interested in grabbing a 10 day Free trial from Foxtel Now, which will deliver ALL of this very same sports action as well as top TV shows including Upright season 1 and episodes of the entertaining Watchmen Season 1 online.
Sign up to Kayo’s FREE 14 day trial offer
Live sport returns to Kayo, with every game and every round from the NRL and AFL, action from the Super Rugby, UFC and V8 Supercars – all available on Kayo’s 14 day trial.
Live Boxing Day Sport on Australian TV (Sydney time)
|Sailing: Sydney to Hobart||1.00pm||Seven|
|Cricket: Australia v New Zealand Second Test||11.00am||Foxtel/Kayo/Seven|
|Cricket: South Africa v England First Test||10.30pm||Foxtel/Kayo|
|NBA: Celtics @ Raptors||4.00am||Foxtel/Kayo|
|NBA: Bucks @ 76ers||6.30am||Foxtel/Kayo|
|NBA: Rockets @ Warriors||9.00am||Foxtel/Kayo|
|NBA: Clippers @ Lakers||12.00pm||Foxtel/Kayo|
|NBA: Pelicans @ Nuggets||2.30pm||Foxtel/Kayo|
|BBL: Perth Scorchers v Sydney Sixers||7.10pm||Foxtel/Kayo/Seven|
|NBL: Melbourne United v Cairns Taipans||7.30pm||Foxtel/Kayo|
Popular Aussie Streaming Devices
You may not have a compatible mobile phone or personal computer, so with this in mind, what other choices do you have when it comes to streaming the Sydney to Hobart race and other Boxing Day sport, and what are the benefits of each? Let’s look at some of the most reliable streaming devices available on the Aussie market.
Arguably the gold-standard of the lower-profile streaming device for years now, the Apple TV is popular because it delivers. This tiny box is now in its fifth generation, and has recently added 4K and HDR streaming. You can also download apps just like you would on your phone. And that means almost every major player is supported, including the Kayo Sports streaming service and Foxtel Now.
This amazing little device now comes in two options for streaming video, both with an HDMI connection linking them to your TV. You can choose from the standard or the Ultra Chromecast version – the difference is that the Ultra handles 4K video, which is becoming increasingly available in Australia thanks to Foxtel. Once plugged in and connected to your home Wi-Fi network, the device can be reached by a vast range of apps so you can stream the content on Kayo Sports and Foxtel Now.
Foxtel Now Box
Another increasingly popular streaming device option would be the Foxtel Now Box. Launched over a year ago, it delivers the easiest way to stream Foxtel Now, as well as YouTube and Stan, directly to your TV. There’s no installation required so you can immediately start streaming the PGA Tour and other sport on your TV. Simply plug it in and start watching. Of course, you’ll need to subscribe to Foxtel Now’s Sports pack, which offers access to twelve channels including Fox Cricket and all the live action available each and every week.