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Australia’s great yacht race returns

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One of the most watched Australian sporting events begins Sunday afternoon - also known as Boxing Day Down Under - with the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race.

The anticipated 89-boat fleet departs Sydney Harbour bound for the Australian island of Tasmania.

During the last 65 years, the Rolex Sydney Hobart has become an icon of Australia's summer sport, ranking in public interest with such national events as the Melbourne Cup horse race, Davis Cup tennis and the cricket tests between Australia and England.

No regular annual yachting event in the world attracts such huge media coverage than does the start on Sydney Harbor.

Click here for the official race website.