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February 16, 2012
Kings of the surf after seven days' rowing
AFTER seven gruelling days of rowing the
190km course from Batemans Bay to Eden,
23 boats and 14 skis completed the 2012 Navy
George Bass Surfboat and Dial Before You
Dig Surf Ski marathon.
The open men's Moruya (Canberra) Vikings
crew sealed victory by leading the field into the
beach by three minutes on the final leg of 21.5km
from Pambula to Eden.
Wollongong City was second and Torquay
Bulli won the men's veterans' division with
Tathra coming in second and Narooma finished
Torquay took out the open women's ahead
of Broulee Coasties and Moruya (Canberra)
Pambula Power won the women's veterans
followed by Tathra and Pambula Pearls.
The solo paddlers in the surf ski division
saw Michael Locke take out the race with Dean
Gardiner second and Craig Vipond third.
Get on a shore winner
ADF CDRE David
lates the Moruya
(Canberra) crew on
winning the 2012
Navy George Bass
surfboat and surf
Photo: Seng Mah - www.venturephotography.com.au
By Sharon Palmer
CLAY target shooting is something
CPOATV Chris Nightingale of DMO
is passionate about.
Having started shooting as a
youngster, he has recently reignited his
thirst for competition.
"I started clay shooting when I was
12 with my dad in South Australia,"
CPOATV Nightingale said.
"I have been shooting off and on
ever since as postings have allowed but
have really gotten back into the sport
in the last 10 years."
As treasurer of the Defence Clay
Target Association (DCTA), CPOATV
Nightingale said he was stoked when
the sport was reapproved in 2009.
"It used to be an approved sport
but it lost its status in 2000 when there
was an overhaul of all the sports.
"We didn't have a lot of walls to
butt up against in regaining approval,
but had to sort through indemnity and
insurance issues in regards to hiring
civilian ranges as there are no clay
What is down the line?
Down the line is one of the old-
est forms of clay shooting. A round
usually consists of 25 targets, which
are fired away from the shooter. The
shooter stands 14.6m behind the
firing house, where they will fire at
the rising targets. The targets are
fired randomly across the horizontal
plane, the maximum arc is around
44 degrees. Each competitor must
shoot from each firing point and a
total of five clays will be launched at
each of these points.
What is skeet shooting?
The event is in part meant to
simulate the action of bird hunting.
The shooter shoots at clay targets
from seven positions on a semicircle
with a radius of 19m, and an eighth
position halfway between stations
one and seven. The eighth station
fires a clay from both houses in turn
at you and over your head. There
are two houses that hold the traps
that launch the targets, one at each
corner of the semicircle. The traps
launch the targets to a point 4.5m
above ground and 5.4m outside
of station eight. One trap launches
targets from 3m above the ground
(high house) and the other launches
it from three feet above ground (low
target ranges left in Defence for the
He said the sport was gaining in
popularity as people realised how
highly regulated it was.
"There's a bit of a stigma still asso-
ciated with firearms among the civil
"But all clubs are working hard to
overcome that. We are so highly regu-
lated it's not funny. You have got to be
licensed and have insurance to join the
CPOATV Nightingale has set his
sights on the 2012 Australasian Police
and Services National Trap and Skeet
He is one of nine shooters ready
to take on the Kiwis and other emer-
gency service personnel from around
Australia in Christchurch from
February 27-March 2.
The competition incorporates emer-
gency service personnel as well as
those involved in government services
such as Customs from New Zealand
and Australia and also includes mem-
bers from Fiji and Noumea.
"I will be competing in the down the
line and skeet events but my real love is
actually sporting," he said.
CPOATV Nightingale said while
it would be his first time in the com-
petition, it would be the third time a
Defence team had competed.
"I think we'll do pretty well."
The annual Australasian champi-
onships are held every five years in
New Zealand with the state police in
Australia running every other compe-
tition in varying states.
"Next year it's Canberra's turn so
the AFP will run it and we'll be out in
force there too."
CPOATV Nightingale will also be
part of the five-man team to compete
in the skeet nationals in Wagga in May
and said a team of five would also
compete in the down the line nationals
in Wagga in April.
"Approximately 650 competitors
compete in these national champion-
ships and some of our team members
won placings last year," CPOATV
The nine Defence members competing in NZ are:
WO John Hennig (RAAF); CPO Chris Nightingale
(Navy); WO1 Darren Parsons (Army); Maj Peter
Simmons (Army); Brent Murphy (APS); Colin Nelson
(APS); Barry Carrol; George Bailey; Noel Cleal
Feats of clay a barrel of
fun for this shooter
POINTS OF DIFFERENCE
EYE ON THE PRIZE: CPOATV
Photo: CPL Glen McCarthy
THE Secret Harbour open men's crew (pictured) is
just one of 450 crews taking part in the 2011-2012
Navy Australian Surf Rowers League Series.
The series consists of 26 events held on some of the
country's premier surf beaches from November 2011
to February 2012.
Navy proudly has the naming rights for the fourth
year and, as part of the series, is offering surf lifesav-
ing clubs in Australia the chance to win a clubhouse
makeover valued at $20,000.
Entering the competition is simple -- just play the
online game Surf Boat Rescue on the Navy ASRL
Players nominate a club to represent and then have
to rescue as many swimmers as possible by steering
a surf boat around obstacles such as reefs, buoys and
All clubs go into the draw to win the makeover and
every swimmer saved for their club adds another entry
in the draw.
Deputy Inspector General ADF CDRE David Letts
said the Australian Surf Rower League and Navy
shared mutual values where teamwork and protecting
shores were involved.
"The Navy protects the Australian coastline, the
Australian Surf Rowers League protects the shores of
every state and territory around the country," CDRE
"By nurturing the sport and surf lifesaving clubs,
Navy can provide them with the necessary resources
to assist them in recruiting life savers (both male and
female). The more lifesavers are in the water, the more
lives can potentially be saved," he said.
The address of the Navy ASRL Facebook page is: http://apps.
facebook.com/surfboatrescue. Entries close on March 15.
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