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Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Historical Photographic Exhibition at Australian National Maritime Museum – November 2014 to March 2015

November 28, 2014 · Posted by kate

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Darling Harbour, Sydney (November 28, 2014) – To help celebrate the 70th edition of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race the Australian National Maritime Museum has honoured the CYCA by creating an intimate photographic exhibition in their Tasman Light Gallery. In collaboration with Ian Mainsbridge, Richard Bennett, Daniel Forster, Carlo Borlenghi and design houses Reichel/Pugh and Farr Yacht Design, the exhibition highlights some magnificent images captured over the 69 year history of the race and demonstrates the advances in yacht design from sketch drawings of Kathleen Gillett to CAD drawings of 100 foot maxi yachts by Reichel/Pugh.

One of the toughest ocean races in the world, this international sporting event began in 1945 when a cruise to Hobart became a race amongst friends from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia.

Starting in Sydney Harbour on Boxing Day and finishing before New Year’s Eve at Hobart on the Derwent River, the race is characterized by its attraction of the intrepidly minded. Drawing together amateur and professional sailors, production yachts, previous generation designs, historic craft and state-of-the-art racing yachts, the massed fleet assembles each year to test human ingenuity, determination, skill and luck in the theater of the untamed ocean.

David Payne, Curator, at the Australian National Maritime Museum has created an excellent online digital story which compliments the exhibition on display in the Tasman Light Gallery.

To view the digital story click: Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race – 70 years

Pictured above is Alfa Romeo 100, now Esimit Europa 2, taken by Carlo Borlenghi.

About The Australian National Maritime Museum
Planned and built more than 20 years ago as part of the massive Darling Harbour and Pyrmont redevelopment The Australian National Maritime Museum was the site’s showpiece and remains the Australian government’s most visible national cultural institution in Sydney. For more information and to plan a visit go to:

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