- The Yachts
A famous yacht, designed, built and raced by an equally famous seafaring family and still carrying her original CYC sail number. Solveig was built by Lars Halvorsen Sons in 1950 for Lars’ famous sons, Trygve and Magnus Halvorsen. Trygve, Magnus and their equally famous navigator, Stan Darling, first raced her to Hobart in 1950 for fifth overall, then sixth in 1951, and eighth in 1952. Solveig took line honours in 1953 for second overall and won the race in 1954. The brothers sold Solveig in 1955 in Hawaii and she was returned to Sydney in 2017 by Bob Allan. This year marks 71 years since her first Hobart. The boat is now owned by Annie Lawrence, who has 15 Sydney Hobarts behind her – six as navigator. Lawrence and her skipper husband, John Whitfeld, have stripped Solveig back and returned her to offshore racing capability.
|Skipper||John Whitfeld (26)|
|Navigator||Annie Lawrence (15)|
|Crew||Neil Tavener (16), Andrew Taylor (18), Allan Grundy (11), Campbell Isherwood, David Sharp (15), Phil Walker (6)|
|Club||Royal Australian Navy Sailing Association|
|Builder||Lars Halvorsen & Sons|