The 33-foot Lahara (right) was launched in December 1951. Designed and built by Muir's for Des Ashton of New Guine &, she finished
second on handicap in that year's Sydney to Hobart and the following year competed in the Trans-Tasman Race to Auckland. Again finishing second on handicap she finished 48 minutes behind the New Zealand yacht, Ladybird.
It was during that crossing that the sturdiness of a Jock Muir-designed boat was again underlined. Revelling in strong south-westerly gales, she logged a day's trip of 187 nautical miles.
Lahara was the forerunner of a design that was to become known as the Abel Tasman design from which six boats were built.