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2023 Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race

Race on ‘Merit’


Race onboard the Volvo 60 ‘Merit’ in the world-famous classic Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

Be part of the crew on a thoroughbred racer – you’ll be fully involved in sailing the boat.

*** This is not a commercial charter. Michael Schwarzel is campaigning the boat privately. Each crew member contributes to the cost of participating in the event: individual contribution is $9.9k. ***

‘Merit’ is full for the 2023 Sydney Hobart. Email to register interest for 2024

Or phone 0488 068719

Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race

The Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race is an occasion as much as a race. Each Boxing Day (26th December) a flotilla of sleek yachts races out of Sydney Harbour, following Australia’s east coast down to Tasmania, where the yachts arrive in the city of Hobart in the days leading up to New Year’s Eve. This race is about more than sails and speed – it brings Sydney and Hobart to life as they celebrate one of the country’s great sporting events. 

Don’t be left sitting on the sidelines watching from your armchair. Be part of the spectacle and get in on the action on ‘Merit’.

Your crew contribution includes:

  • Race Entry fees
  • Training
  • Racing shirt and cap
  • 24-hour 150 nautical mile qualifying passage
  • Passage back from Hobart to Sydney (optional)

The training camp

Five days of intense training covering all the basics of sail handling and yacht racing. This program incorporates a 150 nautical mile qualifying passage.

Your Skipper

Owner/Skipper Michael Schwarzel holds a Royal Yachting Association Offshore Yachtmaster Certificate and is a qualified sailing instructor.

Experience? He’s crossed oceans, won trophies, dealt with those moments at sea you’d rather avoid, plus rebuilt ‘Merit’ almost from scratch after Cyclone Debbie. With his ‘plan, prepare, execute’ approach, even novices feel safe and have an excellent time participating on board.

2023 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race on 'Merit' - the Schedule

Whitsundays to Southport

6th – 12th December

Delivery trip (optional)


Southport to Sydney

15th – 20th December

Qualifying Passage (included in contribution)


Training Days

21st – 22nd December

Sydney Harbour (included in contribution)


Sydney Hobart Race

26th – 30th December

Counting on 3 days only


Hobart to Sydney   

2nd – 7th January

Return trip (included in contribution)


Sydney to Southport

9th – 13th January 

Return trip (optional)


Southport to Whitsundays    

16th – 21st January  

Return trip (optional)


  • wet weather gear
  • SSSC (safety cert.)
  • sailing experience (min. RYA Competent Crew Course if no sailing experience)


  • PFD
  • strop
  • PLB
  • travel insurance

“Wow! … Thank you for the experience of a lifetime.”

Ric Haydock

The Moreton Group

“I’d never been sailing before, much less on a vessel built for speed. What a truly enjoyable experience.”

Matt Giannini

“Don’t miss this great opportunity to experience offshore yacht racing at its best.”

Phil Killian

*** Credit for the images of The Moreton Group on ‘Merit’ goes to the fabulous Lucinda Bartkaitas of LB Designs, who travelled as a guest of The Moreton Group. Lu is one gutsy photographer! ***