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Journeys : MNJ Aug Sep 2011
Jock Muir also built some of Australia’s most famous and beautiful timber yachts. Classic names such as Maris, Salacia, Trevassa, Balandra and his own Patsy of Island Bay exemplified the beauty and craftsmanship of his work. Muir was sought after as a builder by Australia’s best sailors. Jock told many tales of his exploits, always modestly down-playing his own part in the stor y. One anecdote concerned his participation in a prank following the 1968 Sydney-Hobart. Ondine II, ow ned by the wealthy American Huey Long, had taken line honours and the post race party seemed to know no bounds. The crew of Muir’s yacht decided to make the most of the apparently bottomless pit of liquid supplies being delivered from the Cascade Brewer y to Ondine. Counting on the fact that Long and his crew were way past caring about details such as the exact number of barrels of beer ordered, the boys called the brewer y, ordered their ow n supplies and claimed that Long was paying. The ruse was successful and the party went long into the night. Their unwitting benefactor was even invited aboard for a bit of Aussie hospitality! Jock Muir and his wife Molly had four children – a daughter, Lynette and three sons, John, Ross and Greg. All of the boys were championship-winning skippers. The Muir tradition of yachting excellence was distilling into a formula for success passed from one generation to the next. The ripple of success has spread to the grandchildren of Jock Muir. The crow ning achievement for the family came w ith the success of Jock ’s grandson, 2009 World Etchells champion Jason Muir. In a relentless struggle with America’s Cup hero John Bertrand and his rock-star crew, Jason emerged tr iumphant with a comprehensive win. So dominant was his performance that he did not even need to race in the final heat of the championship. Chances are that the Muir name will live on into the next generation of sailors – already, Jock ’s great-grandchildren have taken to the water, under the watchful eye of the older generations of the family. Salt water and maritime excellence run in the veins of this Tasmanian yachting dynasty. This page clockwise from top left: Westward comes home to Constitution Dock; Five year old great- grandson of Jock, Tom Rasmussen sails with his dad Mark; Australian and World Champion Jason Muir in Racer XY; Molly Rasmussen (13) gives cousin William Curtis (5) his first taste of sailing. Both are great- grandchildren of Jock Muir In Tasmania today August / September 2011 55
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