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Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race 1980
New Zealand, Line Honours and Handicap Winner
New Zealand, Line Honours and Handicap Winner

LocationSydney to Hobart
StateNSW
CountryAustralia
ClubCruising Yacht Club of Australia
Length of Race640nm

Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race 1980

Weather

The start was in light easterlies which remained throughout the first afternoon. The influence of spectator craft out of Sydney Heads was the worst for years. Easterlies stayed light all the first night but slowly freshened the 2nd day to 15-18 knots to give a fast reach down the NSW coast in overcast conditions. The wind slowly backed to the NE and freshened to 25 knots during the 2nd night to give a fast glide across Bass Strait. 

Down the Tasmanian Coast on the 3rd day the wind stayed at NE at 20 knots and a new record appeared imminent for the leaders. The wind (and hopes for a record) faded  on the 3rd night with light and variable winds with heavy rain. 

On the morning of the 4th day the wind slowly freshened from the South to 20 - 30 knots which pushed the winners home. The wind slowly faded and left the smaller boats in light and variable conditions down the Tasmanian Coast and across Storm Bay and in the Derwent.

Results

1980 Starters of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
1980 Starters of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
1980 Starters of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
1980 Starters of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
New Zealand, Line Honours and Handicap Winner
New Zealand, Line Honours and Handicap Winner

Pictures

Finish of the 1980 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Finish of the 1980 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Finish of the 1980 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Finish of the 1980 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race

MHYC Boats

Middle Harbour Yacht Club Coverage of the start - The Log Published 1981 Feb/Mar. MHYC Boats competing included Diamond Cutter (25th overall), White Pointer - Keith Le Compte (38th), Pryority - John Pryor (27th), Battlestar (Harry Janes) and Sweet Caroline -Marshal Phillips (RET).

MHYC Log Feb/Mar - 1980 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
MHYC Log Feb/Mar - 1980 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
MHYC Log Feb/Mar - 1980 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
MHYC Log Feb/Mar - 1980 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
MHYC Log Feb/Mar - 1980 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
MHYC Log Feb/Mar - 1980 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Oops Sorry Officer - Diamond Cutter and Police Car
Oops Sorry Officer - Diamond Cutter II and Police Car
MHYC Log Feb/Mar - 1980 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
MHYC Log Feb/Mar - 1980 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
MHYC Log Feb/Mar - 1980 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
MHYC Log Feb/Mar - 1980 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Before the Race at MHYC Marina
Before the Race at MHYC Marina
Senior Constable, (Jim) James Hardy at the Helm of Police Car
Senior Constable, (Jim) James Hardy at the Helm of Police Car
Three club Yachts just after the start. Battlestar (Harry Janes), Salamander II (Ken White) and Pryority (John Pryor).
Three club Yachts just after the start. Battlestar (Harry Janes), Salamander II (Ken White) and Pryority (John Pryor).
Colour 7 Lister Hughes
Colour 7 Lister Hughes
Oops Sorry Officer - Diamond Cutter and Police Car
Oops Sorry Officer - Diamond Cutter and Police Car
Diamond Cutter at the start of the 1980 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Diamond Cutter at the start of the 1980 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Diamond Cutter - Finish of the 1980 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Diamond Cutter - Finish of the 1980 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Salamander II Ken WhiteWhite Pointer 1980 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
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