Culture | Sydney sun setting for Yacht race as Harbin ice festival lights up dark north
  • The Beau Geste sails out of Sydney Harbour. Photo: Reuters
    The Beau Geste sails out of Sydney Harbour. Photo: Reuters
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    Photo: Reuters
  • Perpetual Loyal (L) and Scallywag leave Sydney.  Photo: Reuters
    Perpetual Loyal (L) and Scallywag leave Sydney. Photo: Reuters
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    Photo: Reuters
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    Photo: AFP
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    Photo: Reuters
  • Perpetual Loyal sailing out of Sydney Harbour. Photo: 
Reuters
    Perpetual Loyal sailing out of Sydney Harbour. Photo: Reuters
  • Ice blocks pulled from Songhua River. Photo: Reuters
    Ice blocks pulled from Songhua River. Photo: Reuters

From sizzling south to frozen north

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December 26, 2016 3:09 PM (UTC+8)

The annual Sydney-Hobart yacht race is a spectacular sporting event that is generally regarded as among the world’s most challenging races. The Boxing Day start in the mid-summer sun of Sydney Harbour belies the often gruelling conditions encountered over the approximately 1,200-kilometer course. Of the 115 vessels that started in 1998, five sank and only 43 limped in to Hobart. Six sailors lost their lives. Meantime, in the Chinese city of Harbin, the annual ice carving festival is underway: all thoughts of taking a splash in the sunny seas surely banished from mind.

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