Protests were lodged by Sydney yachts Josephine and Nimbus for a technical breach of the rules at the start of the race. The RYCT race committee conferred and disqualified Wild Wave after hearing there had been a breach of rules at the start involving Wild Wave, Josephine and Nimbus. "We realised a penalty had to be made, but as I said at the time to the press; the punishment they imposed did not fit the situation. In later years, time penalties applied rather than disqualifications." Many in the media thought losing fourth place on handicap would have been sufficient punishment due to the aforesaid infringement (a slight collision to one yacht which in turn bumped the other) taking place at the start of the 630 nautical miles. But the powers that be thought otherwise: "I felt sorry for Trygve Halvorsen, skipper of Solveig, who had now been promoted to first across the line. At the civic reception to competitors at the Hobart Town Hall, he was introduced as "skipper of the first yacht across the line", but poor Trygve was very embarrassed by this honour bestowed upon him and commented in his after-dinner speech: "We on Solvueig feel we have had to receive something wehaven't earned. We would much rather have seen Jock Muir and the Keats brothers retain the honour they deserve." "I did not feel bitter about the result, because it was obvious we won line honours (albeit unofficially), even though the record books will show Solveig the winner. The RYCT had also treated us fairly and I did not question their decision. Like so many regulations in yachting, we all know they are made for the betterment of the sport, but to be punished so severely for a collision at the start of a gruelling race, in which the concerned boats finished third and twelfth over the line respectively, baffled even the most hardened yachtsmen. Actually, several boats collided with each other at the start as my memory recalls. This was undoubtedly my biggest disappointment in ocean racing." Wild Wave went on to compete in the 1954 race (towing a propeller) skippered by Jack Cockle after which she cruised the north-western Pacific with her third owners for many years. Jock did not compete in the 1954 event.