On Sunday 27th August the first collaborative training session for the recently amalgamated Point Clare and Terrigal Bases was held at Point Clare NSW. Newly appointed Deputy Unit Commander (DUC) Shaun Smith and other colleagues from the Haven Base joined with Coxwain Anthony Porter and John Jarvey from Point Clare for a familiarization exercise on Brisbane Water which included Bar Crossings and navigation of the very restricted channel leading to Broken Bay.
Just as they were to return to Base they received a radio message of a vessel in difficulties at the Rip Bridge. This enabled those aboard to gain further knowledge of the eastern channels of Brisbane Waters in a “hands on” exercise delivering the distressed vessel to Davistown.
This very convivial initial training session is the first of many which will be undertaken by crews of both Point Clare and The Haven to consolidate our resources and crews and thus provide a very efficient service to the boating public.