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Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race Winners 1970 to 1979

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
35th Race — 1979 — 147 starting fleet size
3:03:31:06 ow
4:01:45 lh
Screw Loose
Bumblebee 4
Bob Cumming, TAS
John Kahibetzer, NSW
Ron Holland, NZ-Ireland
German Frers, Argentina
34th Race — 1978 — 97 starting fleet size
3:12:13 ow
4:02:23 lh
Love & War
Apollo
Peter Kurts, NSW
Jack Rooklyn, NSW
Sparkman & Stephens USA
Bob Miller, NSW
33rd Race — 1977 — 131 starting fleet size
3:10:14 ow
3:10:14 lh
Kialoa III
Kialoa III
Jim Kilroy, USA
Jim Kilroy, USA
Sparkman & Stephens USA
Sparkman & Stephens USA
32nd Race — 1976 — 85 starting fleet size
3:07:45:07 ow
3:07:59 lh
Piccolo
Ballyhoo
John Pickles, NSW
Jack Rooklyn, NSW
Bruce Farr, NZ-USA
Bob Miller, NSW
31st Race — 1975 — 102 starting fleet size
2:13:16:56 ow
2:14:36 lh
Rampage
Kialoa III
Peter Packer, WA
Jim Kilroy, USA
Bob Miller, NSW
Sparkman & Stephens USA
30th Race — 1974 — 63 starting fleet size
3:13:25:02 ow
3:13:51 lh
Love & War
Ondine III
Peter Kurts, NSW
SA (Huey) Long, USA
Sparkman & Stephens USA
Britton Chance, USA
29th Race — 1973 — 92 starting fleet size
2:17:28:28 ow
3:01:32 lh
Ceil III
Helsal
Bill Turnbull, HK
Tony Fisher, NSW
Bob Miller, NSW
Joe Adams, NSW
28th Race — 1972 — 79 starting fleet size
3:04:42 ow
3:04:42 lh
American Eagle
American Eagle
Ted Turner, USA
Ted Turner, USA
Bid Luders, USA
Bid Luders, USA
27th Race — 1971 — 79 starting fleet size
3:03:14:34 ow
2:14:36 lh
Pathfinder
Kialoa II
Brin Wilson, NZ
Jim Kilroy, USA
Sparkman & Stephens USA
Sparkman & Stephens USA
26th Race — 1970 — 98 starting fleet size
3:10:07:39 ow
3:14:06 lh
Pacha
Buccaneer
Sir R Crichton-Brown, NSW
Tom Clark, NZ
Camper & Nicholson, UK
John Spencer, NZ

 

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