Sydney to Hobart yacht race cancelled due to COVID-19 outbreak

VIDEO SHOWS: FILE FOOTAGE OF SYDNEY TO HOBART YACHT RACE AS THE EVENT IS CANCELLED DUE TO AN OUTBREAK OF COVID-19 CASES IN SYDNEY

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1. AERIAL VIEW OF SUPER-MAXI'S LINED UP TO START RACE / RACE STARTING

2. INFOTRACK LEADING SUPER-MAXI FLEET

3. AERIAL VIEW OF FLEET ON HARBOUR

4. CREW MEMBERS OF WILD OATS XI

5. VARIOUS AERIAL VIEWS OF FLEET ON HARBOUR

6. SUPER-MAXI'S INFOTRACK AND SCALLYWAG RACING

7. AERIAL VIEW OF SUPER-MAXI SCALLYWAG MOVING IN FRONT OF WILD OATS XI

8. CREW MEMBERS OF WILD OATS XI

9. VARIOUS AERIAL VIEWS OF FLEET MOVING ON SYDNEY HARBOUR

STORY: The Sydney to Hobart yacht race, scheduled to take place from Dec. 26-31, has been cancelled following an outbreak of COVID-19 cases in Sydney, race organisers said on Saturday (December 19).

Australian states and territories on Friday began imposing border restrictions after 28 cases of the virus were detected from a cluster on Sydney's northern beaches.

Tasmania, where the race finishes, on Saturday announced that anyone from the area, where many of the competitors are based, would be forced to undergo 14 days of quarantine upon arrival in the state.

"We are bitterly disappointed to cancel the race this year especially considering the plans and preparations we had put in place to have a COVID safe race," Cruising Yacht Club of Australia Commodore Noel Cornish said in a statement.

"We were so well prepared to run the race and we're only six days from the start. This is the first time in 76 years that the race will not be conducted."

(Production: Oliver Regan)