Good conditions forecast for Sydney to Hobart race

Good conditions forecast for Sydney to Hobart race

Good conditions forecast for Sydney to Hobart race

Updated 24 December 2012, 22:12 AEDT

Boxing Day in Australia is often considered a time to relax and perhaps recover from the over-indulgence of Christmas Day, and the stress of dealing with difficult relatives.

 

But for a select few adventurers, it's the beginning of one of the most gruelling ocean races in the world.

 
Since its beginnings in 1945 the Sydney to Hobart yacht race has evolved from a event with just nine starters to become one of the top three ocean races in the world, with dozens of participants.
 
It's also one of the most dangerous, in 1998 tragedy struck when the race was caught in a powerful storm - five boats sank and six people were killed.
 
Joanna McCarthy spoke to the ABC's Amy Bainbridge who's covering this year's event.
 
Presenter: Joanna McCarthy
Speaker: Amy Bainbridge, ABC Reporter
 

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