Two New Zealand boats are among the 76-strong fleet contesting the 68th annual Sydeny to Hobart yacht race and among one of the crews is London Olympic medallist Blair Tuke.
Tuke, who won a silver medal in the 470 class with Peter Burling, is making his debut in the blue water classic on board Rikki.
The other New Zealand boat in the fleet is 50-foot Akatea.
There are five overseas entries in all, including the first Lithuanian entry the Volvo 60 Ambersail
The race's smallest and oldest yacht is the 80-year-old Maluka of Kermandie and skipper Shaun Langman says he's looking forward to sailing without the technology seen in the super maxis.