Historical Facts

Historical Facts

  • Loki sailed a flawless race to win the Tattersall Cup Loki sailed a flawless race to win the Tattersall Cup
  • Love & War won overall in 1974, 1978 and 2006 Love & War won overall in 1974, 1978 and 2006
  • Giacomo revelling in open water conditions clear of other boats Giacomo revelling in open water conditions clear of other boats

Historical facts from 1945 to 2019

First Race Winner

  • Rani
    Skipper: Captain John Illingworth RN (UK)
    Design: Barber 35' cutter
    Line honours and handicap winner

2019 Overall Winner

2019 Line Honours Winner

  • Ichi Ban, a Botin 52 owned by Matt Allen (New South Wales, Australia)

  • Comanche, a 100 Supermaxi owned by Jim Cooney and Samantha Grant (New South Wales, Australia)

Double Winners - Line Honours and Overall
  • Rani (GBR) - 1945
  • American Eagle (USA) - 1972
  • Kialoa (USA) - 1977
  • New Zealand (New Zealand) - 1980
  • Sovereign (NSW) - 1987
  • Wild Oats XI (NSW) - 2005 & 2012
Multiple Line Honours Winners
  • Wild Oats XI (NSW/QLD) – 9 races including 4 successive races (2005-2008)

  • Morna / Kurrewa IV (NSW) – 7 races

  • Astor (NSW) – 3 races   

  • Bumblebee IV / Ragamuffin (NSW) – 3 races

  • Comanche / LDV Comanche (USA/NSW) - 3 races

  • Condor (Bermuda) – 2 races 

  • Margaret Rintoul (NSW) – 2 races

  • Solo (NSW) – 2 races
  • Kialoa III (USA) – 2 races
  • Sayonara (USA) – 2 races
Multiple Overall Winners
  • Freya (NSW) – 3 successive races from 1963-1965
  • Love & War (NSW) – 3 races: 1974, 1978 and 2006
  • Westward (TAS) – 2 successive races: 1947 and 1948
  • Siandra (NSW) – 2 races: 1958 and 1960
  • Solo (NSW) – 2 races: 1956 and 1962
  • Ausmaid (SA/VIC) – 2 races: 1996 and 2000
  • Wild Oats XI (NSW/QLD) – 2 races: 2005 and 2012
  • Balance (NSW) – 2 races: as Quest in 2008 and as Balance in 2015
  • Ichi Ban (NSW) - 2 races: 2017 and 2019
Fastest race The fastest race was in 2017
  • LDV Comanche (Australia)
    01:09:15:24
  • prior to that Kialoa (USA) held the record for 21 years, Morning Glory (Germany) for three and Nokia (AUS/Denmark) for five.
  • Ichi Ban (Australia) 01:19:10:20 holds the race record for a conventionally ballasted yacht, set in 2017
Slowest race The slowest race was in 1945
  • Wayfarer- Peter Luke, NSW
    11:06:20
Closest line honours finish
  • 1982 - Condor of Bermuda beat Apollo by just seven seconds
  • 2001 - 47 minutes separated the first 6 boats
  • 2018 - 42 minutes separated the first 4 boats
Most races by any boat
  • Bacardi - 28 races
  • Phillip's Foote Witchdoctor / Sweet Caroline - 27 races
  • Ragamuffin (50 footer) - 26 races
  • Polaris of Belmont- 25 races
  • Impeccable - 25 races
  • Mark Twain - 24 races
  • Brindabella (Jutson 75) - 20 races
Most races by any competitor
  • Tony Cable (NSW) - 53 races (1 overall win, 2 line honours)
  • Tony Ellis (NSW) - 52 races (1 overall win, 2 line honours)
  • Colin Wildman (NSW) - 51 races (1 overall win, 1 line honours)
  • Bill Ratcliff (NSW) - 50 races
  • Syd Fischer (NSW) - 47 races (1 overall win, 2 line honours)
  • Bruce Gould (NSW) - 46 races (2 overall wins, 2 line honours)
  • Lindsay May (NSW) - 47 races (3 overall wins, 1 line honours)
  • David Kellett (NSW) - 46 races (1 overall win, 2 line honours)
  • John Bennetto (Tas)(Dec) - 44 races (1 overall win, 1 line honours)
  • Lou Abrahams (Vic)(Dec) - 44 races (2 overall wins)
  • Michael Spies (NSW) - 43 races (1 overall win, 1 line honours)
  • Mike Green (NSW) - 41 races (3 overall wins, 1 line honours)
  • Bernie Case (VIC) - 40 races (1 line honours)
  • Richard (Sightie) Hammond (NSW)(Dec) - 40 races; first person to sail 40 races (2 overall wins, 2 line honours)
Record fleets
  • 371 starters in 1994 (309 finished) - the 50th race
  • 179 starters in 1985 (145 finished)
  • 157 starters in 2019 (154 finished) - the 75th race
  • 155 starters in 1984 (46 finished)
Boat designers - most overall wins
  • Bruce Farr / Farr Yacht Design - 21 since 1976
  • Sparkman & Stephens - 8 (1967, 1969, 1971, 1974, 1977, 1978, 1983, 2006)
  • Trygve Halvorsen - 5 (1954, 1957, 1963, 1964, 1965)
  • Reichel Pugh - 5 (2005, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2018)
2019 Fleet
  • 157 starters
  • 154 finishers