Navy skipper leads ADF team at Australian Women's Keelboat Regatta

This article has photo gallery Published on LSIS Jake Badior (author), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

Location(s): St Kilda, Vic

Topic(s): Sailing

Members of the Australian Defence Sailing Association onboard 'Godzilla' prior to competing in Australian Women's Keelboat Regatta held at the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron, St Kilda, Victoria. (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)
Members of the Australian Defence Sailing Association onboard 'Godzilla' prior to competing in Australian Women's Keelboat Regatta held at the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron, St Kilda, Victoria.

Defence competed in the Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta for the first time on 6 June.

The tri-service crew battled it out against 40 teams from across Australia in the annual event at the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron in St Kilda.

Lieutenant Commander Kirstin Norris, Skipper of the ADF Sailing Association team, said it was a fantastic opportunity to bring women together in a competitive environment.

“The most impressive thing was that everyone was doing a role they were unfamiliar with and were still able to come together to race against some of the best sailors in Australia,” she said.

“We shared a lot during the event; not just about sailing, but also our respective roles in the military, giving us a greater understanding of our organisation.

“It was also a great opportunity to foster some of our core military skills like resilience, teamwork and communication,” Lieutenant Commander Norris said.

The team finished eighth overall in its division and received a sportsmanship award for helping a team in need by lending them a crew member.

“Sailing against a professional Australian racing team was tough, but overall a great experience,” Lieutenant Commander Norris said.

The regatta is aimed at encouraging women to get involved in sailing.

Imagery is available on the Defence Image Gallery:
http://images.defence.gov.au/S20191484.