15 Amazing Photos Of Rolex's Sydney To Hobart Yacht Race

700 miles of adventure on the high seas.
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700 miles of adventure on the high seas.

Rolex just hosted one of the world's most difficult yacht races, the Sydney to Hobart race covering 630 nautical miles, or 700 miles, of incredibly demanding sailing. The fastest, sleekest yachts from around the world competed for top honors in the grueling contest, first run in 1945.

In our opinion the coolest yacht in the race, which is run from Sydney, New South Wales to Hobart, Tasmania, was the all-black, 62-ft. Chinese Whisper (above), based in the UK, which was awarded third place. It beat Maserati's equally wicked and incredibly fast 70-footer (below) which sailed over from Italy for the event.

Declared overall winner of the trophy – and a set of special edition Rolex watches – was Australian yacht Balance, which did not cross the finish line first but won via handicapping. First over the line was the USA's Comanche, owned by tech billionaire Jim Clark, one of the fastest yachts in the world. Many yachts did not finish the race at all because of harsh weather conditions. But even to have competed at all is indisputably a badge of honor.