1945 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
|1st Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race|
|Date||26 December 1945 – 3 January 1946|
|Number of Yachts||9|
The 1945 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race was the inaugural running of the annual "blue water classic", the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. It was hosted by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia based in Sydney, New South Wales. The race was initially planned to be a cruise planned by Peter Luke and some friends who had formed a club for those who enjoyed cruising as opposed to racing. The plan was changed, however, when a visiting British Royal Navy Officer, Captain John Illingworth, famously suggested, "Why don’t we make a race of it?"
The inaugural race, like all those that have followed, began on Sydney Harbour, at noon on Boxing Day (26 December), 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.
Peter Luke's record for longest-ever time to finish the course stands to this day: 11 days, 6hours, and 20 minutes.
9 yachts registered to begin the 1945 Sydney to Hobart Yacht race. They are:
|LH (Elapsed) Time
|HW (Corrected) Time
|Ambermerle||(NSW)||J Colquhoun, C Kiel||NA|
|Horizon||(NSW)||J R Bartlett||NA|
|Mistral II||(NSW)||Robert Evans||NA|
|Rani||Captain John Illingworth, RN||NA||6:14:22:00||4:9:38:00|
|Saltair||A E and R M Walker||NA|
|Winston Churchill||P Coverdale||NA|
|Line Honours||LH (Elapsed) Time
|Handicap Winner||HW (Corrected) Time
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