1946 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race

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2nd Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Date 26 December 1946 – 4 January 1947
Defender Rani
Number of Yachts 19
Coordinates 33°51.35′S 151°12.40′E / 33.85583°S 151.20667°E / -33.85583; 151.20667Coordinates: 33°51.35′S 151°12.40′E / 33.85583°S 151.20667°E / -33.85583; 151.20667-
42°52.7′S 147°19.58′E / 42.8783°S 147.32633°E / -42.8783; 147.32633
Winner Morna

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: 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. 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.[1]

1946 Fleet[edit]

19 yachts registered to begin the 1946 Sydney to Hobart Yacht race. They are:

Yacht Nation Skipper Previous
LH (Elapsed) Time
HW (Corrected) Time
Active Australia(NSW) HM Tate NA
Christina Australia (NSW) JR Bull NA 4:11:53:27
Connella Australia (NSW) BR O'Brien NA RETIRED RETIRED
Defiance Australia (NSW) FA Bullock NA
Fegmhr Australia (NSW) FA Harris NA
Ilex New Zealand (Wgtn) NW Thomas NA RETIRED RETIRED
Kalua Australia D McAllister NA RETIRED RETIRED
Kurrewa III Australia (NSW) F & J Livingston NA
Mathew Flinders Australia A Palfreyman NA
Merlan Australia (NSW) WL Curtis NA RETIRED RETIRED
Mistral II Australia (NSW) R Evans NA
Morna Australia (NSW) C Plowman NA 5:02:53:33*
Osirius Australia JS Booth NA RETIRED RETIRED
Saga Australia (NSW) BJ Halvorsen NA
Southern Maid Australia (NSW) C Philp NA
Trade Winds Australia (NSW) M Davey NA
Unis J Australia (NSW) BW Davies NA RETIRED RETIRED
Wayfarer Australia (NSW) P Luke NA
Winston Churchill Australia P Coverdale NA RETIRED RETIRED


Line Honours LH (Elapsed) Time
Handicap Winner HW (Corrected) Time
Australia Morna 5:02:53:33* Australia Christina 4:11:53:27


  1. ^ "MORNA FIRST ACROSS LINE IN YACHT RACE.". The Advocate. Burnie, Tas.: National Library of Australia. 1 January 1948. p. 5. Retrieved 26 December 2013. 

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