Jason Close saw no alternative but to come back for the 75th race after Patriot broke her rudder and retired from last year’s race. Originally owned and raced in the USA, this J yacht was the second US built J/133 to be imported into Australia. Her only other Rolex Sydney Hobart was 2010, when owned by Queenslander Tony Love. The pair finished 25th overall for second in Division 3. Otherwise, Patriot has been lightly raced, used more for cruising. The crew consists mainly of members of Sandrigham Yacht Club members, with four of the sailors either current or ex-international 14foot skiff sailors. "We were all very disappointed after striking an object and breaking our rudder last year and we are all keen the see the finish line at Hobart this year!" Said Close. The pressure is now on to finish the race and to equal or better her 2010 result.
|Skipper||Jason Close (1)|
|Navigator||Lex O'Connor (2)|
|Crew||S Moseley (3), G Smith (5), S Schafer (8), G Coutts (1), M Chalkley (1), P Chalkley (2), A McGrath (1), J Sunkel-Lozell (1)|