Only 14 yachts faced the gun in 1951, in light conditions with eased-sheets being in order for most of the way. Another well-known identity on his way back to Hobart in the race was dentist Bob Bull with his Bermudan cutter, Nocturne. She was destined for line-honours the following year however. Jock continued: "'We managed to finish seventh over the line in a very close contest, won by Austin Edward's Margaret Rintoul, and it was pleasing to know on my return that another Muir-built boat, Lass O'Luss, had finished second ahead of Struen Marie and third on corrected time. It was a fast, close contest, virtually a run from start to finish due to the weather conditions (the first three across the line beating the old record). The most memorable moment for us came close to the finish. "We had entered the Derwent in a light variable breeze together with the Halvorsen brothers' sloop Solveig. She was the better boat to windward and was able to keep us well covered until we both reached Long Point. It was then that we decided to take Lahara towards Sandy Bay while Solveig stood out. When we crossed there was only a yard or two between us, but unfortunately the experienced Norwegians managed to hold off our attempts with only thirty-four seconds separating us over the line. It was a dour battle up the Derwent, one that the crew members and I relished and remembered for a very long time after." Lahara's rating was corrected before starting in the Trans-Tasman race to Auckland, New Zealand, in which she again finished second on handicap, this time some 48 minutes behind New Zealand yacht Ladybird. Ironically, her mainsail had been a cancelled order with a local sail loft. In 1963 he slightly modified the design to build Narawi and a year later named the design Abel Tasman 64. Jock Muir did not compete in the 1952 event but was back in the limelight the following year.