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October 14, 2010
An Indonesian fisherman, lost at sea for three days,
has been rescued by two RAN ships during a transit
of the Indonesian archipelago.
The 42-year-old man was plucked from the water
by HMAS Success travelling in the company of HMAS
Arunta mid-afternoon on September 28. He is now
receiving medical treatment onboard Success and is in a
A comprehensive search by Success and Arunta
failed to locate the other three members of the fisher-
man's crew. Based on information provided by the res-
cued fisherman and on advice from Indonesia's Rescue
Coordination Centre, the search was called off at last
light on September 27.
Arrangements are being made for the transfer of the
rescued fisherman to Indonesian authorities.
Success and Arunta are part of a larger RAN Task
Group conducting a transit of the Indonesian archipela-
go as part of a South East Asian deployment.
The ships sailed from Makassar, Indonesia on
September 27 and conducted a short Passage Exercise
with the Indonesian Ship, KRI Fatahillah.
HMA Ships Toowoomba and Tobruk sailed from
Surabaya, Indonesia on September 28 and conducted
a similar short Passage Exercise with the Indonesian
Ship, KRI Hasanudin.
The four Australian warships made a rendezvous
on the evening of September 28 and will transit to
Singapore and Port Kelang for additional port visits.
By ABCIS Melanie Schinkel
LAKE Burley Griffin was chock-a-block with
dinghies, catamarans and small keelboats on
September 12 for a sailing regatta hosted by
HMAS Harman (CMDR Andrew Schroder)
and ADFA (CDRE Bruce Kafer) to raise
funds for their respective charities.
More than 75 sailors took part in the event
and a further 150 sailing enthusiasts were either
involved in its co-ordination or participated as
The joint endeavour was held to raise funds
for Harman's charity, Queanbeyan-Eden-
Monaro Legacy (QEML), and ADFA's charity,
the PODMORE Foundation.
CMDR Schroder said the funds were gener-
ated from entry fees and a sausage sizzle that
was consumed with gusto by the participants.
"The funds raised were split between
Harman and ADFA's respective charities,"
CMDR Schroder said.
"At the event, we raised about $400 for
QEML, which will be added to the funds raised
recently by Harman personnel during Legacy
Badge Sales Week and the Fairbairn charity
"All up, Harman has raised about $1500 for
its charity -- and by supporting QEML we are
helping to ensure it can return the favour if it's
needed sometime in the future."
He said that the fresh north-westerly winds
provided ideal conditions for good sailing.
"Sailors did get wet -- I felt for some of the
competitors because the environment got the
better of them and they had a pre-season swim
in the lake."
Although the event was held before sailing
season, a combination of 40 dinghies, catama-
rans and keelboats sailed.
ADFA's four new Tasars were also given a
test run along with five of its Envy-class din-
ghies, which were more suited to the novice
For sailing aficionado, CDRE Rick
Longbottom, the regatta was particularly
momentous because it was his last before trans-
ferring to the active reserves.
CDRE Longbottom represented the Navy
in sailing for more than 32 years and was at the
top of ADF dinghy sailing, and won champion-
ships in Tasars at the state, national and interna-
Harman's Sailing Officer, CMDR Bruce
Eddes, co-ordinated the event and said that the
Canberra Yacht Club was keen to support the
event again next year.
"The style of such a regatta doesn't lend
itself to make a lot of money for charity, but
the cause was noble and the competitors were
happy to see any profits going to a good cause,"
CMDR Eddes said.
READY TO ASSIST: Members of HMAS Success'
ship's company bring the fisherman, lost at sea
for three days, on board.
Sailors take over Lake
Burley Griffin for Legacy
SAILING AWAY: MIDN Sarah Eddes and MIDN Alex Clothier sail peacefully on
Lake Burley Griffin at the sailing regatta, above, while below, north-westerly winds
provide the ideal conditions for sailing.
Photos: CMDR Andrew Schroder
DONATED: CMDR Schroder presents the cheque
to Queanbeyan Legacy President Jack Sealey and
Vice-President Richard Gregory.
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