How to watch the Sydney to Hobart yacht race online

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One of the toughest ocean races in the world is back for another year, with a strong fleet of yachts set to make the treacherous trek down the east coast of Australia in the 2018 Sydney to Hobart yacht race. This is The Roar’s guide to live streaming the race online and watching it on TV.

The race, running over a distance of 628 nautical miles, will commence on Sydney Harbour at 1pm (AEDT) on Boxing Day – Wednesday, December 26.

The race route will take the fleet out of the Harbour and down the coast of New South Wales to Bass Strait, before running down the coast of Tasmania and heading into the Derwent River where the finish line is located.

The race record, set last year by Comanche, sits at 1 day and 9 hours, however, it’s likely the race will take somewhere around the two-day mark for the winners, and up to five days for the last yachts over the finish line.

How to watch the race on TV

As has been the case for some time, the first hour of the race will be broadcast on TV.

The rights to the race currently belong to Channel 7, who this year will broadcast the first hour through 7Mate (Channel 73), due to their coverage of the Boxing Day Test between Australia and India being on the main channel.

Channel 7 will begin their coverage on Sydney Harbour at 12:30pm (AEDT), with it running for an hour and a half through to 2pm (AEDT).

From there, the only TV coverage will be through news updates across all the major channels.

How to live stream the race online

The first hour of the race can be streamed online through 7 Plus, which is Channel 7s official streaming application. The coverage there will also start at 12:30pm (AEDT).

You can also stay on top of the entire race with The Roar. We will be running a live blog of the race from start to finish, with hourly updates after the run out of the Harbour so you won’t miss a moment.

The official race tracker on the Sydney to Hobart website will also keep you up to date with the exact location of every boat in the fleet as they make the run to Hobart.