HMAS Sirius - Flagship at 182nd Royal Hobart Regatta

Published on LCDR Glenn Blizzard (author)

Location(s): Hobart, TAS

Topic(s): HMAS Sirius (A266)

HMAS Sirius berthed at Macquarie Wharf, Hobart, Tasmania. (photo: )
HMAS Sirius berthed at Macquarie Wharf, Hobart, Tasmania.

Early this month, HMAS Sirius recently spent a weekend in Hobart as the Flagship for the 182nd Royal Hobart Regatta.

The Royal Hobart Regatta is held annually and is the largest aquatic carnival in the Southern Hemisphere.

Members of HMAS Sirius’ ship’s company competing in quad scull rowing, L-R: Lieutenant Tom Veit, Lieutenant Ben Walker, Sub Lieutenant Ryan Harland and Sub Lieutenant Emily O’Brien.

Members of HMAS Sirius’ ship’s company competing in quad scull rowing, L-R: Lieutenant Tom Veit, Lieutenant Ben Walker, Sub Lieutenant Ryan Harland and Sub Lieutenant Emily O’Brien.

The ship’s company enjoyed competing in many of the aquatic events in the Regatta program, including sailing, tug-of-war, swimming and quad scull rowing. 

Deputy Maritime Logistics Officer, Lieutenant Ben Walker, placed 18th in the Trans-Derwent Swim, out of a field of 103 competitors, and came 1st place in the non-wetsuit category.

“It was a tough 1.6km swim from one side of the Derwent River to the other,” Lieutenant Walker said.

“It’s a fantastic event with some really fast times.

“I did regret my choice of not wearing a wetsuit at first, but it was all part of the fun,” he said.

Over the Regatta weekend, Sirius welcomed on board potential Australian Defence Force candidates from Defence Force Recruiting, hosted an official reception and enjoyed the fireworks at the Regatta Grounds. 

Commanding Officer of HMAS Sirius, Commander Brendan O’Hara, said Navy had a proud history of supporting the Royal Hobart Regatta, with Royal Australian Navy Ships acting as flagships for the majority of the events history dating back to 1838.

“It truly was an honour to be involved in such a historical and enjoyable event,” Commander O’Hara said.