Ellis to race in 52nd event

Tony Ellis is set to add another Sydney to Hobart milestone to his great association with Australia’s premier ocean race.

Ellis has contested the race 51 times, more than anyone else, and will add to that tally this year aboard the well-performed 63-foot No Limit.

Tony Ellis (left) with long-time Sydney to Hobart racing partner Syd Fischer.Credit:Dallas Kilponen

This year marks the 75th edition of the race, which started in 1945. Ellis sailed in both the 25th in 1969 and the 50th in 1994, and there’s unlikely to be too many others in that category when the 2019 race starts on Boxing Day.

His first Sydney to Hobart was in 1963 aboard the 41-foot Salacia, the smallest boat he has raced in the event. Since then he’s sailed on boats of different lengths, all the way up to a supermaxi, and occupied several different positions.


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