It was another one of those picture perfect days in Queensland when the HMAS Moreton Navy Community Engagement team (NCE) ‘closed up’ on the foreshore of Mooloolaba Beach in support of the Navy sponsored Australian Surf Rowers League.
With the Navy marquee positioned within the shadow of the local Surf Life Saving Clubhouse, the NCE team quickly found themselves surrounded by beach goers and boat crews eagerly seeking out Team Navy branded merchandise.
Alan Griffiths, the perennial commentator for the event and a keen supporter of all things Navy, ensured Navy’s sponsorship of the races was mentioned.
“I am delighted with the support Navy gives to this event and the great work they do in the defence of our great nation,” Mr Griffiths said.
“Words cannot express what it means to have the Navy’s involvement with events like these that continue to foster a great relationship between the two entities.”
Conditions for the heats and races remained ideal throughout the day for all 22 participating boats which entered the day’s competitions.
In the Open Men’s division, Northcliffe Thunder took out the win while the Northcliffe Crankitz team won the Open Women’s division.
In the junior categories, the Northcliffe Hurricane team successful took out the Open Junior Male under 19’s division while the Open Junior Women’s under 19’s division was won by Dicky Beach The Toushies team.
Damien Claythan, the sweep and captain of the winning Men’s, Women’s and Junior Male division teams surpassed a 42 year old record by winning ten national titles during his career.