It was on a Sunday January 6, 1945 in Sydney that the ship I was serving on The HMS KING George V was returning home to the UK months after the end of WW2 due to the lengthy repairs which took place in Sydney.Then finally on our way home Via Hobart Tasmania at a breakneck speed of eight knots (due to a steering defect we arrived in Portsmouth UK on March 13 , A bit bedraggled but pleased to be home after the mayhem of the Pacific war and the following months of love-ins in Sydney(Another story)
It must be dreadful to believe that the poms won the inaugural race.
1945 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
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|1st Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race|
|Date||26 December 1945 – 3 January 1946|
|Number of Yachts||9|
|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
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.
The 1945 fleet comprised 9 starters. Of the 9 starters, 8 yachts completed the race. Illingworth's own vessel, Rani, won the inaugural race in a time of 6 days, 14 hours and 22 minutes.
Peter Luke's record for longest-ever time to finish the course stands to this day: 11 days, 6hours, and 20 minutes.
1945 Fleet9 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|