"With all sails set we ploughed through the water towards Tasman Island, neck and neck with our rival and it became a case of who would douse spinnakers first. with the island nearly upon us, the Livingstons gave in right under the cliffs near the lighthouse in a dramatic confrontation, but a split-second later, just as wewere preparing to do the same, our spinnaker blew out allowing Kurrewa IV to pass us and reach Tasman Island about a boat-length in front. It had become a race in itself, but we went on to win line-honours in the one that really counted." Sydney cutter Even crossed the line at Castray Esplanade 2O minutes in front of Kurrewa IV. Both yachts were fitted with tiller steering. Frank Hickman's Nell Gwyn was half an hour behind in third place. The winner on handicap Moonbi, finished 11 minutes in front of the South Australian sloop Cooroyba. Even had beaten off valiant attempts to win line honours from Kurrewa IV, which had been gracefully restored to her former glory days by John and Frank Livingston. She was previously known in the forties as Morna, three times line-honours winner. Other prominent yachts in the race were, Vic Meyer's Solo, Nerida and old rivals Trade Winds and Winston Churchill. It was also pleasing to know after the race for Jock that Lass O'Luss had finished safely mid fleet.
The 57-foot cutter, Even, first over line in the 1955 Sydney-Hobart, berthed in Constitution Dock. Owner John Palmer co-skippered with Jock Muir. Photo courtesy The Mercury.