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5th Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Date December 26, 1949 – December 31, 1949
Defender Morna
Number of Yachts 15
Coordinates 33°51.35′S 151°12.40′E / 33.85583°S 151.2067°E / -33.85583; 151.2067Coordinates: 33°51.35′S 151°12.40′E / 33.85583°S 151.2067°E / -33.85583; 151.2067-
42°52.7′S 147°19.58′E / 42.8783°S 147.32633°E / -42.8783; 147.32633
Winner Waltzing Matilda
Official Website http://rolexsydneyhobart.com/default.asp

The 1949 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, was the 5th 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 1949 edition began on Sydney Harbour, at Noon on Boxing Day (December 26, 1949), 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 1949 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race comprised a reduced fleet of 15 competitors. Waltzing Matilda, skippered by Phil Davenport won line honours in a time of 5 days, 10 hours and 33 minutes - breaking the three year hold on the event by Claude Plowman's Morna. Trade Winds, skippered by Mervyn Davey was awarded handicap honours on adjusted time.

1949 Fleet

15 yachts registered to begin the 1948 Sydney to Hobart Yacht race. They are:

Yacht Nation Owner Skipper Launch Year

Results

Line Honours LH (Elapsed) Time
d:hh:mm:ss
Handicap Winner HW (Corrected) Time
d:hh:mm:ss
Waltzing Matilda 5:10:33:00 Trade Winds
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