"In 1970, my son John, Bill Huxley and I crewed with owner/skipper Russell Duffield on board Patsy of Island Bay in the Sydney to Hobart. After which, in 1971, I took Patsy as part-payment for the new 'Muir-48' designed Trevassa, launched in June that year. The delivery trip to Sydney in Trevassa with John Muir, Dave Wardrop, Russell Duffield, Ken Ryman, Bicheno fisherman Tim Bailey and I in the crew was a very fast run: "We crossed Bass Strait under trisail and storm jib at a time when the Sydney-Hobart ferry, Empress of Australia, took about five hours longer than average to make the southerly passage." At the start of the race, fresh north-east winds for the first two days resulted in two yachts to lose their rudders and retire from the race. A change on the third day out of Sydney saw a moderate southerly build up to a gale which lasted about fifty hours causing a record 14 retirements. It is argued by many that this had been the toughest Sydney-Hobart race to date. The conditions suited the bigger yachts and the "all black" New Zealander, Buccaneer revelled in the conditions to take line honours from Pacha and Ragamuffin, with Pacha winning on corrected time from Ragamuffin and the new Salacia II. Patsy of Island Bay finished twenty-seventh on handicap and took just over five days to complete the voyage: "Off Cape Raoul we were in ninth place for the line, but we were baulked by two yachts to starboard and by two yachts to port, which pegged us back to finish thirteenth across."
1971 - Final Sydney Hobart
"Back again the following year in 1971 on Patsy, I was again joined in the crew by John. Because Patsy had been one of the Southern Cross team, she was not eligible for the age allowance which rendered her non-competitive for the race. Accordingly we were relegated to forty-third place on corrected time in a fleet of 76 finishers." This was to be the first and only time Jock Muir's name would be seen in print as owner/skipper of a contestant in the blue water classic. Also, it was Jock Muir's last Sydney to Hobart and marked the end of an era spanning 25 years association with Australia's premier yachting event. But the Muir name still continued to be a part of the ocean classic. Greg Muir competed as co-owner in the 1977 event with Phil Chugg on Farr Fetched and as recently as 1989 as Balandra continued to represent Muir craftmanship in boatbuilding.