A line squall 70 miles long passed over the fleet in Bass Strait which spread eagled the yachts over a large area of the course. This was then followed by a moderate sou-westerly, a nor-easterly down the Tasmanian coast, changing to a southerly from Tasman Island to the finish which hampered many of the potential placegetters. Tahuna however, had raced mid-fleet for most of the journey and eventually finished tenth across and eleventh on corrected time, about nine hours behind the winner, Rival. Maris and Lass O'Luss once again had shown their liking for the event, finishing fifth and ninth on handicap respectively.
1964 - Unlucky Thirteenth
It wasn't until 1964 that Jock Muir once again entered the Sydney-Hobart classic, this time as a crew in Sir Robert Crichton-Brown's Saracen II. Jock was joined by Forsters Cup yachtsman and friend, Neall Batt. A beautiful, clear, sunny day saw the start of the race in Sydney Harbour, but the weather once again merely proved to be as uncertain as the outcome of the event, as a fresh northerly confronted the crews at daybreak the next day entering Bass Strait. Towards the end of the gruelling race a force seven sou-westerly hit in Storm Bay. Trygve and Magnus Halvorsen's 39-foot sloop Freya joined Westward in the race-record books, becoming only the second yacht in the history of the race to win successive Sydney-Hobart's on handicap. Repeating the previous year's placings, Astor again won line-honours. From variable winds down the Tasmanian coast to calm patches in the Derwent made for a close race, with only minutes separating most of the fleet. However, a strong sou-westerly in Storm Bay dismasted Bacchus D as she was vying for the lead. Astor crossed the line first at 7.05 am, followed by the Rupert Murdoch-owned 59-foot ketch Ilina (Wal Muir in crew), with Freya third across and Salacia fourth, 44 seconds in front of Camille. Unfortunately, this year will be remembered for the bad luck which struck the 45-foot NSW cutter Phyllis Graham. On her way home after the race, she was dismasted and grounded just south of Swansea. Refloated and under sail again, she was crossing Bass Strait when she was again dismasted but this time abandoned. The crew were rescued and the yacht eventually drifted ashore on the coast. In the race, many of the yachts were becalmed off Wedge Island, eventually crossing within minutes of each other; Cadence (4-11-58-9); Saracen II, with Jock and Neall in the crew (4-11-59-18) and Struen Marie (4-12-26- 22) typified the close proximity of the yachts.