1956 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race

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12th Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Date 26 December 1956 – 3 January 1957
Defender Even
Number of yachts 28
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 Kurrewa IV
Official website https://web.archive.org/web/20091030152304/http://rolexsydneyhobart.com/default.asp

The 1956 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, was the 12th 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 1956 edition began on Sydney Harbour, at noon on Boxing Day (26 December 1955), 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 1956 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race comprised a fleet of 28 competitors, an increase of 11 yachts compared to the number in the 1955 race. Line-honours were awarded to Kurrewa IV, which raced out of New South Wales and was owned and skippered by brother's J. & F. Livingston.

1956 fleet[edit]

28 yachts registered to begin the 1953 Sydney to Hobart Yacht race. They are:

Yacht Nation Owner Skipper Launch year
Kurrewa IV J. & F. Livingston
Solo V. Meyer
Anitra V Trgyve and Magnus Halvorsen
Carol J J. Halliday
Catriona D.M. Brown
Janzoon W.R. Slade
Southern Myth N.C. Howard
Winston Churchill Sir Arthur Warner
Ingrid J.S. Taylor
Siandra G.P. Newland
Ripple R.C. Hobson
Samuel Pepys RNSA
Fantasy D. Burridge
Lahara D.N. Ashton
Lorraine D.G. Nicholls
Tarni G. Wignall
Romava R.J. Mercer
Kurura J.A. Clark
Nirvana Dr K. Lewis
Niripa G.E. Peacock
Tam O'Shanter RAN College
Pha'ar Re R. Cottee
Serenade L. Esdaile
Vailima J. McLaren
Four Winds RAN College
Renene P.S. Parry
Ranston A. Roper
Wraith of Odin Dr B. O'Brien


Line Honours LH (elapsed) time
Handicap winner HW (corrected) time
Kurrewa IV 4:04:31:44 Solo 3:08:33:52


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