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June 9, 2011
Match made in rally heaven
DRIVING a rally car at high speeds
over gravel surfaces is the ultimate
relationship tester -- just ask couple
LSMTSM Justin White and Kristin
The soon-to-be married pair are
flying the flag for Navy in the new
Rally Western Australia season and
generating huge interest through
the Navy and submarine branding
on their Toyota Corolla, which is
also stocked with Navy promotional
Their wedding is the only thing
that can interrupt their already
impressive debut season, as it will
coincide with the Experts Cup Rally
in Western Australia on June 11.
Driver LSMTSM White and navi-
gator Ms Paus have been busy repair-
ing the damage sustained to their car
during their rally debut at Western
Australia's premier rally event, the
Quit Forest Rally, on April 16.
Their car completed the race but
it had mechanical problems, break-
ing an engine mount, a constant
velocity joint and an exhaust mani-
The Navy team was pleased
to have finished third in its class,
despite the 354km track being "more
slippery than ice" in parts.
"We had a blast. And we came
out of it with flying colours, both
in our relationship and in our first
rally," LSMTSM White said.
"We tested both our relationship
and our car, starting with the recon-
naissance before the event and then
the actual event.
"Finding grip on this surface
had us often more sideways than we
liked and caused us to overshoot a
corner or two with braking distances
difficult to judge at first."
LSMTSM White said the high
placing was a bonus as they had
hoped to simply finish the event.
Five other teams experienced dif-
ficulty and were forced to retire in
the challenging first stage.
"Rally is all about consistency
and those that push beyond their
limit are destined to crash or retire,"
LSMTSM White said.
"This was clearly evident in
the first stage of the day where we
flew past the sad faces of five of our
opponents on the side of the road or
in a ditch.
"This was a little sobering
because that could have been us."
They are preparing to take part
in the Lewana States Rally in Kirup,
Western Australia on July 23.
LSMTSM White encouraged
anyone interested in becoming ser-
vice crew for the team to contact him
through the 'Navy Rally Team 2011'
site on Facebook.
PERFECT TEAM: The Navy Rally Team negoti-
ates a difficult corner in the Quit Forest Rally near
Busselton, Western Australia and, inset, LSMTSM
Justin White and fiancée Kristin Paus.
A NAVY surf boat has found a
new home at Gerringong beach
on the NSW South Coast after
the local community showed its
quiz smarts to take out a Navy
LCDR Don Hogarth presented
the boat to the Gerringong Surf and
Lifesaving Club, which was one
of 350 clubs that entered the com-
petition from across Australia, on
As the naming rights spon-
sor of the 2010-11 Australian
Surf Rowers League (ASRL)
series, Navy gave ASRL clubs the
chance to win a fully equipped
$28,000 surf boat and trailer.
LCDR Hogarth said it was a
pleasure to hand over the prize.
"The ASRL and Navy share
mutual values of effective team
work and courage and, just as
the Navy protects the Australian
coastline, the Australian Surf
Rowers League protects the shores
of every state and territory around
the country," he said.
Gerringong Surf Lifesaving
Club vice-president Mark Booth
oversaw the christening and first
row of the boat.
To win, clubs and their support-
ers were required to visit the Navy
Facebook page between February 4
and March 21, download the Navy
ASRL Facebook application and
answer the quiz questions. About
7500 entrants were received.
For every correct answer, points
were allocated to their nominated
Mr Booth said the competition
was successful in bringing the com-
"This was a combined com-
munity effort but for Navy to run a
competition like this was fantastic
and certainly generated a lot of
interest, not only in surf lifesaving
but in the Navy itself," Mr Booth
UNVEILING: Members of the
Gerringong Surf and Lifesaving
Club take the boat into the water
for the first time.
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