I care not two hoots for yacht racing and I expect you don't either, but this grabbed my attention. A pretty little nine metre yacht called Maluka is competing. It was built in 1936 and has been fully restored. I will watch the progress of the race online. Obviously it is an underdog, but I hope it does well.
The Sydney to Hobart yacht race is the wimpy one though. The real men and diesel dykes go via the Tasmanian western and southern coasts in the Melbourne to Hobart.
But even the easier route is not so easy as this graphic account tells when six competitors died during the race in 1998.