The 2016 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is underway. A fleet of eighty-eight yachts from eleven countries, and comprising four 100-ft Maxi yachts, are contesting the 72nd edition of this famous 628-nautical mile offshore race. On a perfect Sydney summer’s day, and with hundreds of thousands of specators watching on from the city’s numerous vantage points, the fleet provided a stunning speactacle sailing under spinnaker. Among the Maxis, Perpetual Loyal made the most impressive start and was the first yacht to clear Sydney Heads and begin the charge down the New South Wales coast of the Tasman Sea. The Rolex Sydney Hobart is revered throughout the world. Its legend, heritage and distinctive slot in the international sporting calendar have ensured it is one of few sailing events to have genuinely entered the public consciousness. Rolex has been Title Sponsor of the race since 2002.