The 26th of December is Boxing Day in Australia. Future travelers might like to keep in mind two very important sporting events that commence on this day each year. The first is the traditional Boxing Day cricket match at the MCG, Melbourne Cricket Ground. Secondly, and of interest to me, is the annual Sydney to Hobart yacht race.
My father participated twice in the race in the past for a Gosford yacht owner and Australian tall poppy, Peter Rysdyk on a his boat called Onya. I remember how two years in a row, we drove him to the train station at the end of Christmas Day, and then he sat up all night on the train down from Brisbane to Sydney. He went with two mates and all three of them crewed for Peter.
Australian maxi Wild Oats XI won it last year in an amazing 21 hours and 24 minutes. They had good conditions last year. Not like 1998 when a 115-strong fleet set sail from Sydney into the worst storm in the race's history. Five boats sank, six sailors died and just 44 yachts survived the horrendous conditions.
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