Sunday, December 14, 2008

Exciting: Sydney-Hobart LIVE!

Sailing Fans, Mark Your Calendar!

Regatta News:
Live start broadcast and webcast details:
December 11, 2008

In addition to Seven Network's live television broadcast in Australia, Seven Network and Yahoo!7 will provide a live 90-minute webcast of the start of the 64th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race to a global audience.

Anyone, in any country, around the world will be able to watch the start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race provided they have a computer and broadband internet access from 1230 AEST until 1400 AEST.

In addition to the live 90-minute broadcast and webcast, Seven Network and Yahoo!7 will present up to 4 race updates per day until the overall winner of the 2008 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is determined.

To see all the action of the start of the 64th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race tune into the Seven Network or the official race website and follow the links to from 1230 AEST on 26 December 2008.

A fleet of 105 yachts will compete in this year's race, which starts at 1300 AEDT, 26 December 2008. The Rolex Sydney Hobart fleet will represent the USA, UK, New Zealand, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Russia and New Caledonia as well as every Australian state.

To view the entry list, visit:

In the lead up to the Boxing Day start will be the Rolex Trophy One Design Series from 12-14 December followed by the SOLAS Big Boat Challenge on Tuesday 16 December and finally, from 18-21 December, the Rolex Trophy Rating Series.

Event website:


tangoalphasierra said...

It is 'Very Poor' reporting by Rolex & Channel 7 and their inability to broadcast to normal TV the finishing moments of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. Whilst the 90 minute broadcast of the beginning of the race (to the whole world) was excellent to see, Channel 7 did not cover the end of the race on Sydney TV, rather showing kids cartoons in place.

As for Rolex, no provisions had been made for live video stream of Race Finish.

Common Channel 7.... Your executives need a swift slap in the face with the reality stick. You Failed to show the most important part of a World Class Event - the finishing of the 2008 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

Their is no excuse!!! The race finished at approx. 10am in 'daylight hours' and you didnt broadcast it to TV, albeit Sydney Viewers or the home start of the race.



"LBJ" said...

Tas, thank you so much for posting this response. I (BoatBites) is unaffiliated with Channel 7 or Rolex. I am terribly disappointed to hear this news, it was such a novelty for my family and I to watch the streaming video here in the states on our Christmas holiday (us Americans being behind the times and all!,) never guessed it was not the same everywhere.

Hope some folks are reading and help pass this feedback onto those in places of power for positive change!

Thank you for sharing Tas!