1952 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race

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8th Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Date 26 December 1952 – 1 January 1953
Defender Margaret Rintoul
Number of yachts 17
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 Nocturne
Official website http://rolexsydneyhobart.com (archived)

The 1952 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, was the eighth 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 1950 edition began on Sydney Harbour, at noon on Boxing Day (26 December 1952), 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 1952 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race comprised a fleet of 17 competitors. The fleet found the going very difficult, and line-honours winner Nocturne, skippered by JR Bull won in the second slowest-ever time of 6 days, 2 hours and 34 minutes. Ingrid, skippered by JS Taylor was awarded handicap honours on adjusted time using the International Measurement System (IMS).

1952 fleet[edit]

17 yachts registered to begin the 1952 Sydney to Hobart Yacht race. They are:

Yacht Nation Owner Skipper Launch year


Line Honours LH (elapsed) time
Handicap Winner HW (cCorrected) time
Nocturne 6:02:34:00 Ingrid


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