Big crowds are expected to flock to the Harbour tomorrow for the inaugural Sydney Superboat Grand Prix.
Preparing for time trials
Yesterday (Friday) some of the competitors took an early peek at the course.
Power and Sail off Bradleys Head
Easy Does It (left) ready to fly
Spray on Sydney Harbour
Here is the full event schedule and courses and spectator information.
Sydney Grand Prix Sunday course for Sunday 9th March 2008
Sydney Grand Prix Time trials Saturday 08-03-08
Spectator points on Sydney’s harbour foreshore: Mrs Macquarie Point (now free again, after Premier Iemma forced Botanic Garden Trust to back away from $5 charge) , Bradleys Head, Point Piper, Robertsons Point, Kurraba Point and Bennelong Point. (Please note: Garden Island is not accessible to the public on Sunday.)
Public Transport: It’s recommended to leave the car at home and use public transport. For transport information visit www.131500.info or phone 13 15 00. There will be some extra public transport services operating on Saturday and Sunday to cater for the large crowds.
Travelling by train: The closest stations to vantage points include Milsons Point, St James, Kings Cross and Bondi Junction. Between 10am and 5pm on Saturday and Sunday services on the Eastern Suburbs Line will be operating every 10 minutes between Central and Bondi Junction. All other CityRail services are operating to a normal weekend timetable.
Travelling by bus: Sydney Buses is operating to a normal weekend timetable.
Travelling by ferry: Some ferry services will be cancelled on Sunday during the exclusion zone operating times.
Roads: There will be some road closures and special event clearways in place.
Those choosing to drive can expect traffic delays and parking difficulties.
Motorists should check the RTA website www.rta.nsw.gov.au for details. When parking cars, motorists should check the signs as illegally parked vehicles will be towed and fines can apply.
On the water: The event area covers the waters encompassing Fort Dennison to Shark Island. Special navigation restrictions will be in place:
Saturday 8 March – Exclusion Zone from 1pm-3.15pm: Poll positioning from 2pm-3pm. Harbour traffic will be able to navigate in an anti-clockwise direction around the event.
Sunday 9 March – Exclusion Zone from 2.30pm-4.45pm: Racing from 3.30pm-4.30pm. Harbour traffic will NOT be able to navigate through or past the exclusion zone during this time.
The exclusion zones will be marked with buoys and patrolled by NSW Maritime vessels. Skippers of spectator vessels must remain outside of exclusion zones during the times of operation. Visit www.maritime.nsw.gov.au or call 13 12 56 for navigation information.
Special spectator tickets: Be trackside on Sydney Superboat Grand Prix weekend with exclusive access within the exclusion zones for the closest view of the race!
Official spectator tickets can be booked at
www.sydneysuperboatgrandprixtickets.com.au or 1300 13 55 95.
Safety: To ensure everyone enjoys this spectacular offshore superboat race on Sydney Harbour, all spectators are encouraged to have adequate supplies of sun protection and drinking water. Please behave responsibly and safely at all times, on and off the water.
Further information: Offshore Superboat Championships – www.aopc.com.au
Maritimo crew prepare for historic first Harbour run