|Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race 1974|
Love and War - winner of the 1974 Sydney to Hobart Yacht race
|Location||Sydney to Hobart|
|Club||Cruising Yacht Club of Australia|
|Length of Race||630nm|
Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race 1974
Division A: Love and War.
Division B: Vittoria.
Division C: Poitrel II.
Division D: Granny Smith
Fastest Time: Ondine III 3-13-51-56
Retired: Come By Chance, Pania II, Ragamuffin, Sirocco, Warn
For the first 24 hours the breezes were light and variable NE - SE.
On the second afternoon and night the fleet managed to cover useful ground running with a nor'easter up to 20 knots. The morning of the 28th was SSE 15-25 knots, which faded in the afternoon. On the fourth day the fleet sailed in W and NW winds 35 to 40 knots, with some experiencing puffs of 50-60 knots and fairly high seas.
Over the next two days conditions were a little easier with 10-30 knots WSW, although some yachts experienced much stronger breezes down the Tasmanian coast and around Tasman Island.