From Racing Boats to Diplomat and Royal adviser Mr Colin Pratt has enjoyed a colourful past and always lived life in the fast lane. Born in rural NSW during the great depression the interesting life that Colin Pratt would map out for himself would have been hard to imagine at the time. This future saw him become a member of parliament, a friend to the Cambodian Prince and amongst many professions a business-man in the marine industry designing and developing products and personally setting world records for 6 litre engines.
Here’s his story on JAYA THE GILFLITE built offshore boat run by Colin Prat
This picture was taken by a boating journalist during an offshore race
outside Sydney some decades ago.
Picture shows the Gilflite built offshore boat JAYA run by Colin Pratt in
very big swells which were the remains of a major offshore storm.
In this race the Carr brothers, Val and Paul, were killed in the new
“Cigarette” which had been imported from the USA by Val.
This boat was about 34 foot long and powered by twin Mercruiser sterndrives
giving a speed up to 80mph plus in good conditions.
In this race the boat powering at top speed, ran down a large swell and
slammed into the near vertical face of the preceding wave causing instant
The short Car brothers were both slammed, face and chest against the
instrument panel causing deadly injuries.
The mechanic being taller went over the bow with broken ribs.
Being undamaged the “Cigarette” was bought by Sydney car dealer Arnold Glass
who was also known for his smaller circuit race boats. He raced it offshore
for a few years before selling to Norm Jenkins who also raced it. Probably
Story by Colin Pratt