Navy hoists its sails and sets course for Sydney to Hobart success

Published on Department of Defence (author), CPOIS Cameron Martin (photographer)

Location(s): Sydney Harbour

Topic(s): Sailing

Members of the Royal Australian Navy sailing team in close racing with the Australian Defence Force Academy sailing team during the 2019 interservice yachting championships. (photo: CPOIS Cameron Martin)
Members of the Royal Australian Navy sailing team in close racing with the Australian Defence Force Academy sailing team during the 2019 interservice yachting championships.

Inter-service rivalry was on display at the Sydney Harbour Regatta from March 1-3, where Navy placed second in Division 1 and won first place in Division 2 of the Australian Defence Force Sailing Association’s yachting championships.

The ADF entered seven yachts in the regatta, including two service yachts, Navy’s Scarborough and Army’s Gunrunner.

Members of the Royal Australian Navy sailing team competing in the 2019 interservice yachting championships gather for a group photo at Rushcutters Bay prior to the final day's racing.

Members of the Royal Australian Navy sailing team competing in the 2019 interservice yachting championships gather for a group photo at Rushcutters Bay prior to the final day's racing.

Navy, Army and Air Force each entered a yacht in Division 1, with another crewed by a mixed-service team.

The Air Force crew sailed to victory in the tri-service competition of the division.

Accounting for corrected times and handicaps, the ADF teams also performed well against the private yachts, with the mixed service team placing first and Air Force placing third overall.

Navy maintained its sailing pedigree with Scarborough’s win in Division 2.

Scarborough’s skipper, Lieutenant Commander Nathan Lockhart said he hoped the winning form continued as Navy planned to expand its racing to the off-shore categories.

“With the winning momentum from this weekend, combined with the experience we can draw from experienced Navy off-shore sailors, we are in a good position to challenge Army in the next Sydney to Hobart,” he said.

The ADF Sailing Association holds representative and novice events across the country and encourages members of all ranks and abilities to be involved.