Scott Patrick hopes to add first to list of race placings

CONTENDER: Wistari will be in this year’s spectacular race from Brisbane to Gladstone.
CONTENDER: Wistari will be in this year’s spectacular race from Brisbane to Gladstone. Contributed

SCOTT Patrick has finished almost every position inside the top 10 of the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race, except first.

Aboard his well-known boat Wistari, Patrick is hopeful this is the year.

Wistari, a boat well-recognised from the waters of Gladstone, has won the race numerous times - though none recently - across the 46 years it has been making the 308-nautical-mile journey.

Now Patrick is keen to finish off his collection of places in the vessel with a first, something he plans to continue doing until he finally cracks it.

"We always have a chance, the boat has some competition traits and advantages," Patrick said.

"Last year we were leading the race for all of it until 50 miles to go and sat there for 24 hours."

The wind was the catalyst for dropping Wistari from first to its finishing position of second last.

It was so bad at one point Patrick even went for a swim.

"This is the one sport you can't control your fuel source, he laughed, able to do so after 12 months.

"The race is a habit, though. We will keep going."

The Brisbane to Gladstone, which starts at 11am on Good Friday, is the only ocean race Wistari is entered in by Patrick these days.

"First is the only one I want," he said.

"The main reason that this boat is still going is the history it has in Gladstone."



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