Sailboats participating in the 74thannual Sydney to Hobart (Australia to Tasmania ) set to sea on 26 December. The regatta will last until the New Year.
In the history of the race there has been a variety of weather conditions. For example, 20 years ago, in 1998, on the second day of the race on December 27, right where the main part of the fleet was, an unprecedented storm broke out: winds up to 80 knots directed against the current caused 12-meter waves. Six people were killed or missing and 55 evacuated by helicopters, a trawler and a warship in the ten hours the storm raged. Five boats participating in the regatta simply sank. The day was one of the most tragic in the history of the race.
In this race at least at the start the weather favors the yachtsmen. However, photographers are happy about the sunshine and clear skies.
«Perfect "postcard" conditions»," Andrea Francolini, author of the photo, noted on his Facebook page.