The Sydney to Hobart Race is unknown to many Americans, but it is an iconic event for Australians. Held every year on Boxing Day - the day after Christmas - this 628-nautical-mile, (723-statute-mile) deepwater challenge is often called the "Everest" of offshore ocean racing. With unpredictable weather and seas, the Sydney to Hobart Race is considered one of the toughest in the world. It is always a challenging race. But in 1998, conditions were extraordinary. Extraordinarily dangerous.
- From Into The Storm: Lessons in Teamwork from the Treacherous Sydney to Hobart Ocean Race by Dennis N. T. Perkins with Jillian B. Murphy