1949 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race

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The 1949 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, was the fifth annual running of the "blue water classic" Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. Hosted by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia based in Sydney, New South Wales, the 1949 edition began on Sydney Harbour, at noon on Boxing Day (26 December 1949), before heading south for 630 nautical miles (1,170 km) through the Tasman Sea, past Bass Strait, into Storm Bay and up the River Derwent, to cross the finish line in Hobart, Tasmania. The 1949 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race comprised a reduced fleet of 15 competitors. Waltzing Matilda, skippered by Phil Davenport won line honours in a time of 5 days, 10 hours and 33 minutes - breaking the three-year hold on the event by Claude Plowman's Morna. Trade Winds, skippered by Mervyn Davey was awarded handicap honours on adjusted time.

1949 fleet

15 yachts registered to begin the 1948 Sydney to Hobart Yacht race. They are: Waltzing Matilda - P Davenport - - elapsed time 5-10-33-10 Second Ellida - J Halliday - - elapsed time 6-05-26-10 Third Margaret Rintoul - A Edwards - - elapsed time 5-10-35-01 Fourth Fortuna - W Fresq - - elapsed time 6-02-05-07 Fifth Seasalter South Australian RSAYS DH Jarvis DH Jarvis 1937 elapsed time 6-04-50-30 Sixth Lass O' Luss - J Colquhoun - - elapsed time 6-03-07-35 Seventh Gipsy Queen - AC Eden - - elapsed time 6-00-45-24 Eighth Peer Gynt - M&T Halvorsen - - elapsed time6-05-25-35 Ninth Nocturne - JR Bull - - elapsed time 6-02-08-02 Tenth Horizon - S Berg - - elapsed time6-06-12-43 Eleventh Independence - E Messenger - - elapsed time 6-00-15-13 Twelfth Mistral ll - RF Evans - - elapsed time 6-02-00-54 Thirteenth Retired Suzanne ll (RA Terrill), Wanderer (E Massey)


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