Are you getting stoked for the Sydney Hobart Race? We sure as shit are, and judging from longtime Sydney-Hobart photographer Andrea Francolini’s Facebook Page, he is too (and thanks AF for sending over a higher-res shot of this 2006 dunking for the SA’ers). It’s not just the long-awaited US vs. AUS showdown between the wily, old, rarely-defeated veteran Wild Oats XI (going for her record-breaking eighth overall win) and the bleeding edge Kenny Read-led star-spangled Comanche. Even better than this tête-a-tête is a big upswing in the typical fleet size (up to 117 boats for this year) thanks to the extra buzz of the race’s 70th anniversary. Relive some of the great shots of the past with Andrea as well as some non-sailing Sydney vistas over here. The CYCA is on board with the nostalgia too – how about a movie from the 1974 race?
And for some classic SA shit talking between the Aussie fanboys and the yank shit-stirrers anxious to prove their maxi is bigger than yours, start here.