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Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race Winners 1945 to 1959

The Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race in December is an icon of Australia’s summer sport. The course covers a distance of 628 nautical miles from Sydney Harbour to the East coast of Australia, Bass Strait, the Tasmanian east coast, Storm Bay, Derwent River and finally Battery Point in Hobart, Tasmania.

Line Honours goes to the first yacht to cross the finishing line. The Overall Winner is determined by each yacht's finish time adjusted by several factors. As a result, the fastest boat is often not the Overall Winner.

Overall Winner = ow     Line Honour = lh
Time is shown as   DD:HH:MM:SS     Days:Hours:Minutes (and Seconds where available)

TIME YACHT NAME   DESIGNER
15th Race — 1959 — 32 starting fleet size
3:08:33:02 ow
4:13:33 lh
Cherana
Solo
Russ Williams, NSW
Vic Myer, NSW
Alan Payne, NSW
Alan Payne, NSW
14th Race — 1958 — 22 starting fleet size
3:13:46:35 ow
5:02:32 lh
Siandra
Solo
Graham Newland, NSW
Vic Myer, NSW
Arthur Robb, England
Alan Payne, NSW
13th Race — 1957 — 20 starting fleet size
3:00:55:37 ow
3:18:30 lh
Anitra
Kurrewa IV
Trygve & Magnus Halvorsen, NSW
F & J Livingstone, NSW-VIC
Trygve Halvorsen, NSW
William Fife, UK
12th Race — 1956 — 28 starting fleet size
3:08:33:52 ow
4:04:31 lh
Solo
Kurrewa IV
Vic Myer, NSW
F & J Livingstone, NSW-VIC
John Alden, USA
William Fife, UK
11th Race — 1955 — 17 starting fleet size
3:09:21:05 ow
4:18:13 lh
Moonbi
Even
HS Evans, NSW
FJ Palmer, NSW
John Alden, USA
J Laurent Giles, UK
10th Race — 1954 — 17 starting fleet size
3:17:58:01 ow
5:06:09 lh
Solvig
Kurrewa IV
Trygve & Magnus Halvorsen, NSW
F & J Livingstone, NSW-VIC
T & M Halvorsen, NSW
William Fife, UK
9th Race — 1953 — 23 starting fleet size
3:16:12:12 ow
5:07:12 lh
Ripple
Solvig
Ron Hobson, NSW
Trygve & Magnus Halvorsen, NSW
AC Barber, NSW
T & M Halvorsen, NSW
8th Race — 1952 — 17 starting fleet size
4:09:56:18 ow
6:02:34 lh
Ingrid
Nocturne
JS Taylor, SA
JR Bull, NSW
Bill Atkin, USA
Alan Payne, NSW
7th Race — 1951 — 14 starting fleet size
2:19:48:26 ow
4:02:29 lh
Struen Marie
Margaret Rintoul
Tom Williamson, NSW
AW Edwards, NSW
Robert Clark, UK
Phillip Rhodes, USA
6th Race — 1950 — 16 starting fleet size
3:20:17:13 ow
5:05:28 lh
Nerida
Margaret Rintoul
Colin Haselgrove, SA
AW Edwards, NSW
Alfred Mylne, Scotland
Phillip Rhodes, USA
5th Race — 1949 — 15 starting fleet size
3:23:39:43 ow
5:10:33 lh
Tradewinds
Waltzing Matilda
Mervyn Davey, NSW
Phil Davenport, NSW
Mervyn Davey, NSW
Jock Muir, TAS
4th Race — 1948 — 18 starting fleet size
3:07:45:48 ow
4:05:01 lh
Westward
Morna
GD Gibson, TAS
Claude Plowman
Jock Muir, TAS
William Fife, UK
3rd Race — 1947 — 28 starting fleet size
4:24:56 ow
5:03:03 lh
Westward
Morna
GD Gibson, TAS
Claude Plowman
Jock Muir, TAS
William Fife, UK
2nd Race — 1946 — 19 starting fleet size
4:11:53:27 ow
5:02:53 lh
Christina
Morna
JR Bull, NSW
Claude Plowman
Lars Halvorsen, NSW
William Fife, UK
1st Race — 1945 — 9 starting fleet size
6:14:22 ow
6:14:22 lh
Rani
Rani
Capt. John Illingworth, UK
Capt. John Illingworth, UK
AC Barber, NSW
AC Barber, NSW

 

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