Sydney Hobart: Fleet set for downwind

(December 20, 2022) – The maxi yachts should get off to a flying start in the 2022 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, based on the NSW Bureau of Meteorology [BOM]’s long range weather forecast. Northerly winds are expected for the start on December 26, according to the forecast presented today at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, organizers of the 628 nautical mile race.

Gabrielle Woodhouse, forecaster at the NSW Bureau of Meteorology, said the light east-to-north-easterly winds forecast for the 1pm local time start should freshen later that afternoon.

Those winds are expected to continue into the second day of racing, with a trough forecast later in the week, and winds shifting to south-south easterly and light rain showers developing.

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Source: RSHYR

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