Sports lovers spoilt
A summer sports smorgasbord launches on Boxing Day. Here are the picks
THE Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race 2011 sets off from Sydney Harbour at 11.30am on Boxing Day. Channel 7 and regional affiliate Prime7 broadcast a 90-minute start special, also webcast worldwide on Yahoo7. Australia Network broadcasts the special live across 45 countries in Asia, the Pacific and the Indian sub-continent, including Australian troops serving in Afghanistan. Some 88 yachts race 628 nautical miles south in one of the world’s most gruelling ocean races. They go into the Tasman Sea, along the southeast coast of mainland Australia, across Bass Strait, then south along the east coast of Tasmania. At Tasman Island the fleet turns to starboard into Storm Bay for the final sail up the Derwent River to the finish at the historic port city of Hobart.