The Rolex Sydney Hobart Race is widely considered to be one of the most challenging yacht races in the world and is on most offshore sailor’s bucket list.

Starting in Sydney on Boxing Day this 630nm race takes the fleet south towards the Southern Ocean, across the shallow waters of the Bass Strait and finally up the Derwent River, to the finish line in Hobart, Tasmania.

Even though the race is held in the Australian summer, “southerly buster” storms often make the Sydney–Hobart race cold and bumpy, testing the limits of every crew member!


2019 marks the 75th anniversary of this iconic race and we’ve been doing our research, hunting out some great charter options for you!

KOA – TP52

Koa, meaning “strong warrior” in Hawaiian is a Farr designed, Goetz built TP52 and this fully carbon fibre Grand Prix racer has been optimised to race in the Sydney Hobart. In 2013 she was overhauled by Nelson Marek and optimised to perform in IRC racing, with a new keel, bulb and rudder. When she arrived in Australia she was stripped out and further optimised for offshore racing, including strengthening the bow for the conditions often found in the Sydney Hobart.Koa is one of the lowest rated TP52s as she has slightly reduced sail area and J measurement. In light airs, this boat is a weapon and in all conditions can match other TP52s upwind. In typical Hobart conditions she is a great boat to take south into whatever conditions the Southern Ocean decides to throw at her.

Koa currently holds the record for The Flinders Island Race.



IRC Crew No – 15
IRC Rating – 1.347
B&G Instruments
Adrena Nav Software
Reaching Strut
OSR Cat 1 Equipment for 15



Doyle Main 2018
J1, J2, J3 (2018), J4 (2016), J5
A1, A2, A3, A4, A6
Code Zero
Spinnaker Staysail
Storm Jib & Trysail


Koa TP52 Racing———–


Best known for its one-design racing, the Sydney 38 has also proven itself as a great offshore boat, often on the podium in Class 3 of the Sydney-Hobart. The Sydney 38 is a very fast yacht for its size. Designed to perform, she is an exciting yet relatively easy yacht to sail. The deck is kept simple and a large cockpit provides plenty of space for the crew during manoeuvres!


IRC Crew number 10
IRC rating 1.095
B&G 2000 Instruments
OSR Cat 1 Equipment for 10



J1, J2, J3, J4
S2, S3, S5
Storm Jib and Trysail



22nd Dec – Crew Party
26th December – Race Start
31st Dec – Prizegiving, NYE Fireworks & Live Music
Koa TP52 Racing