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August 30, 2012
is old tricks
CDRE Rick Longbottom hopes to go
to the United States in August next
year to race for the world Tasar sailing
title.It is a pinnacle he has reached
before -- albeit in 1986 when he won
the title in London.
That's what -- 26 years ago?
Well, yes, but this sailor, now 53,
has shown he is far from washed up.
The Australian Defence Sailing
Association (ADSA) fielded 11
boats at the national Tasar champion-
ships in Darwin in July -- and CDRE
Longbottom teamed with WGCDR
Nick Grey to finish second in a field of
62, winning the Australian Masters title
in the process.
Tasars are fibreglass dinghies, with
two sails and two crew. The boats are
of identical design which provides an
even playing surface for competitors.
The Australian championships from
July 14-21 were sailed over 10 races,
with the two worst races discarded.
The ADSA team comprised 24
personnel from the three services (17
of them Navy) and the public service,
ranging from seaman through to com-
modore, with varying levels of sailing
CDRE Longbottom, a reservist
based in Canberra, is patron of Navy
Sailing and WGCDR Grey, 35, is presi-
dent of the ADSA.
"We hadn't practised much together
but we got better as the races went on,"
CDRE Longbottom, who was skipper
of the boat, said.
Going into the last race, they were
in striking distance of the title too.
But despite a promising start, they lost
ground in the strong tidal stream. The
title went to Craig McPhee and Gillian
Reservist PO Daryl Bentley and
LEUT Stephanie Bacon, of HMAS
Choules, manned the second-best
Defence boat, finishing in 20th place
CDRE Longbottom said it was
pleasing to see such a strong ADF roll
up. One of the other Navy competi-
tors, LEUT Daniel Boettger, of HQ
Joint Operations Command, said the
competition between the services was
"It was really great to have such
strong competition with a record
number of ADF participants," LEUT
"The class is very supportive of new
sailors and experienced members are
very happy to give advice and help new
Owing to the vagaries of the sea-
sons when the national titles are held
in northern Australia, they are held in
But they will return to their normal
summer timeslot at Victor Harbour in
South Australia from December 28 to
CDRE Longbottom and WGCDR
Grey plan to pair up again at the
If all goes to plan, they'll repre-
sent ADSA at the 2013 Tasar World
Championship at Cascade Locks in
Oregon from August 10-17.
For results of the 2012 national titles,
follow the links at www.tasar.com.au.
For more information on the ADSA, email
PO Peter Wilcox, peter.wilcox@defence.
SMN David Bolger and AB Matt Brown fin-
ished as men's open and A-grade champions
at this year's Defence squash carnival.
The wins compensated for Navy's nar-
row loss to Air Force in the interservice
Held at RAAF Base Williamtown gym
from August 5-10, this year's carnival
attracted Navy players of all grades from
Sydney, Nowra, Canberra and Cerberus.
SMN Bolger crushed Air Force's CPL
Craig Baldwin 3-0 in the final to avenge his
golden-point loss in the interservice champi-
onship earlier in the week.
SMN Bolger, who is under training at
the CIS Faculty at HMAS Watson, said
the mentoring he received during the com-
petition from former world number one
Michelle Martin helped him to devise tactics
to beat a player of superior fitness.
To sharpen the skills and advance devel-
opment, the Defence Sports Council spon-
sored Martin to provide coaching to players.
"The tuition session with Michelle
helped me to employ the tactics necessary
to control the match by forcing my opponent
to chase the ball around the court," SMN
SMN Bolger said he gambled on beating
his opponent in three sets because he knew
he didn't have the stamina to match him in
five.SMN Bolger, who joined the RAN
last year had played in professional junior
squash tournaments and said the tuition and
warm-up matches enabled many beginners
to evolve quite quickly into quality players.
"The transformation was remarkable
and speaks volumes of the emerging qual-
ity players that Navy has uncovered in this
carnival," he said.
AB Matt Brown, of FSU, beat Air
Force's FLTLT Ben Cosson 3-0 to win the
men's A-grade championship.
AB Brown's success provided a meas-
ure of redemption after his loss to SMN
Bolger in the final of the EAA Tournament
in Willoughby in NSW earlier in the year.
Navy had two other finalists. ABCSO
Aisling Speight, of HMAS Watson, and
CMDR Max Muller, of HQ JOC, had nar-
row losses in the women's open final and the
men's B-grade final.
ABCSO Speight impressed a vocal audi-
ence of 50 with her power strokes and flex-
ibility moving around the court, but was
pipped in three sets by APS veteran Julie
CMDR Muller made SGT Dan Foyel
fight hard for every point but was finally
Defence Squash's Navy vice president,
CMDR Nick Barker said the carnival was a
great success, and notable because only one
of the six grade winners had actually played
in the nationals before.
"This means that a lot of talent is out
there waiting to be tapped," he said.
In the interservice, Navy drew a very
strong Air Force team in the preliminary
round and in an epic match worthy of a
final, went down on golden point.
RAAF then got a fairly straightforward
win against APS in the final.
Navy also provided half of the eight state
finalists with ACT beating NSW.
Men take titles in close result for championshi
SET FOR VICTORY: SMN David Bolger steadies for a backhand
on his way to a straight-sets victory in the men's open squash
final against CPL Craig Baldwin (above) as ABCSO Aisling
Speight sets herself for a forehand in her final against Julie
Medway. Medway won in three sets.
Photo: CPL Mark McConnell
SETTING SAIL: CDRE Rick
Longbottom (main photo) steers
his Taser to second place in
the national championships in
Darwin in July as WGCDR Nick
TEAMWORK: MAJ Candice
Cushway, front and SBLT
Jennifer Lowe compete in the
Photos: Courtesy CPO John Eriksson
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