1946 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
|2nd Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race|
|Date||26 December 1946 – 4 January 1947|
|Number of Yachts||19|
The 1946 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race was the second annual running of the "blue water classic" Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.<ref?>"Sydney-Hobart Race Begins Today.". The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) (Melbourne, Vic.: National Library of Australia). 26 December 1946. p. 7. Retrieved 27 December 2013.</ref> It was hosted by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia based in Sydney, New South Wales. The inaugural race in 1945 had been planned as a cruise, and no thoughts were given to repeating the event. However it became a race at the suggestion of visiting Royal Navy captain John Illingworth, and the race proved so popular a repeat was planned.
The second race began on Sydney Harbour, at noon on Boxing Day (26 December 1946), before heading south for 630 nautical miles (1,170 km) through the Tasman Sea, past Bass Strait, into Storm Bay and up the Derwent River, to cross the finish line in Hobart, Tasmania.
The 1946 expanded fleet comprised more than double the vessels of the inaugural event with19 starters. Of the 19 starters, 8 yachts were forced to retire, and the remaining 11 made it successfully to Hobart, with Morna captained by Claude Plowman winning line honours, and Christina captained by JR Bull took handicap honours on adjusted time.
19 yachts registered to begin the 1946 Sydney to Hobart Yacht race. They are:
|Line Honours||LH (Elapsed) Time
|Handicap Winner||HW (Corrected) Time