24 Dec 2013

Sydney to Hobart set to be one of the closest yet

11:30 am on 24 December 2013

A leading race official is picking this year's Sydney to Hobart yacht race to be one of the closest and most exciting in history.

With variable and shifting weather conditions expected the Commodore of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia Howard Piggott says this year's battle for handicap honours is set to be very tightly contested.

According to weather forecasts, the race could start under 10 to 15 knot nor-easters on Boxing Day, with the winds freshening as the fleet makes it way down the New South Wales South coast.

The north to north-easterly winds are expected to get up to around 25 to 30 knots on Friday, before the first significant change later that night.

The Commodore nominated Patrice, Ichi Ban and Beau Geste as among the boats to keep an eye on.