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Historic deal secures long-term broadcast future for Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

by Cruising Yacht Club of Australia 15 Nov 03:10 PST 26 December 2019
Australians can once again tune in to the Seven Network on Boxing Day for the start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, following a broadcast partnership between Seven and the CYCA that extends until 2023. © ROLEX / Studio Borlenghi

The famous Boxing Day broadcast of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race will remain an Australian tradition for years to come, with the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) and the Seven Network signing an agreement to telecast the race start across the country until 2023.

The major broadcast agreement builds upon a long-standing existing relationship between the CYCA and Australia's favourite TV network, with last year's spectacular Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race start attracting a peak audience of more than 1.5 million viewers across the screens of Seven.

"This agreement is a major one not only for the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia but for sports fans across Australia and, with syndication opportunities, around the world too," CYCA Commodore Paul Billingham said.

"We're very proud to extend our partnership with the Seven Network - and bring yacht racing's biggest annual test to a huge free-to-air audience across the country for the years to come."

Outside of Australia, international audiences will once again be able to tune into the start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race through the official race website - www.rolexsydneyhobart.com

The 2019 Rolex Sydney Hobart, the historic 75th race to Constitution Dock, is building into one of the biggest in the event's history. A total of 170 boats from across Australia and around the world have entered the 628-nautical-mile classic.

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