The printed Notice of Race for the 60th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is now being distributed worldwide as entries flow in for the ocean classic, described by Patrick HEINIGER, Managing Director and CEO of Rolex SA, as the "Everest of yachting".
Illustrated with outstanding colour photos by some of the world's best yachting photographers, the Notice of Race depicts what Mr Heiniger says is "a demanding test of ability, preparation, and determination." He adds that what is particularly appealing about the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is the participation of both amateurs and professionals - in competitive yachts range from 30-footers to Maxis.
"During the 628-nautical mile race from Sydney to Hobart, all competitors face the same challenges, and all are spurred on by the same goal. Rolex takes great pleasure in joining the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia to celebrate the 60th anniversary of this classic ocean race,"
Mr Heiniger writes in a forward to the Notice of Race.
The Notice of Race is the main document, which potential competitors must follow in lodging an Application to Enter the 60th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, whether it be in the IRC or PHS handicap divisions, the One-Design divisions or the Cruising Division.
It covers the rules under which the race is sailed, eligibility of boats and crews, documentation required, handicap categories, scoring, media rights and restrictions, stability requirements, maximum speed requirements, and radio communications.
The Overall Winner of the 2004 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race will be the boat that wins the overall IRC handicap category. This year, in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the first Sydney Hobart Race in 1945, there will be divisions for 20 Year Veterans and 30 Year Veterans.
The Cruising Division will be in the form of a rally for cruising yachts, which will be scored on a points system, details of which will be contained in the Sailing Instructions. Prior to the start, boats will nominate the times at which they intend to first cross certain latitudes, and will be awarded points based on the accuracy of that prediction. Points will also be awarded or deducted on engine and autopilot usage.
The 60th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race starts at 1300 hours on 26 December 2004, with the final date for Applications to Enter being 5 November 2004.
The 628 nautical mile will be preceded by the Rolex Trophy, to be conducted from 11 to 13 December 2004 for One
Design Classes (including Farr 40s, Sydney 38s, Sydney 32s and Mumm 30s) and from 16 to 19 December 2004 for IRC, PHS and, if interest warrants, Cruising boats. The Notice of Race for the Rolex Trophy will be published on the official website shortly.
The IRC handicap category of the Rolex Trophy Regatta and the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race will include a new Rolex Challenge International teams event and a separate interstate/interclub teams competition, with the Rolex Sydney Hobart as the final, and double-scoring event. A team will comprise two boats with an IRC rating band of 1.050 to 1.615 inclusive.
In addition, the CYCA will run a prestigious separate Championship pointscore for boats that participate in both the Rolex Trophy regatta and the Rolex Sydney Hobart. Trophies will be awarded for the best performing boats in each handicap category when the results for both events are combined.
The full notice of race is available on the event website at the address below.