Mary Blair is a beautiful 42ft Warwick Hood sloop, and was built in Adelaide in 1970. She was originally designed as a racing yacht and went on to win the inaugural Melbourne to Hobart race two years later.
Its proved difficult to track down information on that race, but she is mentioned in these articles. If anyone has any further information we’d love to hear from you.
The name Mary Blair finds its roots in back in London in the 1800s. As the story goes, she was named after a barque which sailed between Australia, Japan and Papua New Guinea around 1860 to 1880 and the original owners Grandfather sailed upon that Mary Blair. That ship in turn was named after a barge on the river Thames in London, and that barge was named after young prostitute by the name of Mary Blair. Stories that she was one Jack the Ripper’s victims have alas proved unfounded.