Navy yacht crew passes key test in Sydney to Hobart quest

Published on CMDR Fenn Kemp (author), CMDR Paul Garai (photographer)

Topic(s): Sailing

The crew of Navy One at sea during the Newcastle Bass Island Race. (photo: CMDR Paul Garai)
The crew of Navy One at sea during the Newcastle Bass Island Race.

The crew of Navy One at sea during the Newcastle Bass Island Race.

The crew of Navy One at sea during the Newcastle Bass Island Race.

Navy’s efforts to race a team in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race have been boosted following an impressive performance in the Newcastle Bass Island Race.

The crew of Navy One comprised of 10 sailors and officers from Royal Australian Navy establishments in Sydney, as well as at HMAS Cerberus near Melbourne, placed 10th out of 36 entrants in their division.

Crew member, Commander Paul Garai, said the race pushed all involved to the limit.

“The race was highly challenging - it was the first time most of us had come together as a team and we had to deal with a range of issues, including rain squalls, flat calms and rapid wind fluctuations,” Commander Garai said.

The team raced with an added sense of purpose as the event was a qualifying race for the Sydney to Hobart challenge.

“When we crossed the finish line, all of us were tired but in excellent spirits,” Commander Garai said.

“Bring on Boxing Day!” he added.

The yacht Navy One - a Beneteau First 40  - was recently relocated from the officer training establishment HMAS Creswell on the New South Wales South Coast to Sydney as part of Navy’s re-entry into offshore sailing.