Rough seas no problem during a great day out

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Location(s): Manly Beach, NSW

Topic(s): HMAS Penguin, Australian Surf Rowers League (ASRL)

Staff from HMAS Penguin were keen supporters of  the annual Australian Surf Rowing League carnival at Manly Beach last month. (photo: unknown)
Staff from HMAS Penguin were keen supporters of the annual Australian Surf Rowing League carnival at Manly Beach last month.

The Navy has continued its long-standing support of community water sports, with a high-profile turnout for a surfboat carnival in Sydney last month.

HMAS Penguin provided support at the annual Australian Surf Rowing League carnival at Manly Beach.

With the Navy as a proud sponsor of the carnival, there were many willing Navy faces on hand to support the contestants and the crowd.

Warrant Officer John O'Brien and his team from Penguin, including personnel from the Hydrographic School, the Buffers' Party and a representative from Defence Force Recruiting, handed out Navy branded merchandise and answered queries about the Navy and Navy careers, and the steps needed to be part of the Navy Team.

"It was great to see the hundreds of young competitors, all in their Navy branded singlets, showing everyone what teamwork can achieve," Warrant Officer O'Brien said.

"All in all it was another great Navy day."

More than 200 crews comprising 1000 competitors represented 100 clubs from across Australia.

The weather for the carnival was fine, but the seas were rough throughout the carnival, with several surf boats capsizing during the day.

Competitions were staged for surfboat races for Open Men, Open Women, Reserve Men, Reserve Women, Under 23 Male, Under 23 Female, Under 19 Men, Under 19 Female and Masters.