Please select your home edition
Edition
Marina Exchange 728x90 1

Plan ahead for a knock out Boxing Day on Sydney Harbour

by Penny Robins 22 Dec 2019 21:52 PST 26 December 2019
Plan ahead for a knock out Boxing Day on Sydney Harbour © Penny Robins

Boaters planning to watch the start of the 75th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race on Boxing Day are reminded to grab a spot early, follow the six knot speed limit and minimise wash.

NSW Maritime Executive Director Maritime Mark Hutchings said Australia's premier blue water long ocean race is expected to attract 157 competing yachts and 2000 spectator boats to see them off, making it one of the busiest days of the year on Sydney Harbour.

"NSW Maritime will be managing the on-water safety and traffic management, coordinating 49 vessels from Marine Rescue NSW, NSW Police Marine Area Command and its own fleet of patrol boats to maintain exclusion zones and provide safe boating advice for spectator craft attending the event," Mr Hutchings said.

"With so many boats moving about, it will be essential for all skippers to observe boating safety rules, including keeping a proper lookout to ensure a safe distance is kept from surrounding vessels, and to maintain a safe speed for the conditions.

"During last year's Sydney to Hobart start, there was only one major incident when the skipper of one spectator craft failed to safely navigate through the anchoring area and collided with another vessel at anchor in Hermit Bay."

The race, which features yachts from nine to 30 metres in length, will begin from four start lines north of Shark Island at 1pm. Exclusion zones will be in place from 12pm to 2.20pm, marked by yellow buoys and fixed navigation markers.

"The best viewing from the water will be in the western channel at Chowder Bay, Obelisk Bay and waters to North Head or in the eastern channel, Watsons Bay, Nielsen Park, Camp Cove and around South Head," Mr Hutchings said.

"Spectator boats in the eastern channel can watch the race start and follow the fleet down the harbour to the heads and out to sea. If you plan to watch the fleet sail through the heads, we advise boaters to pre-position themselves well down the harbour, towards Watsons Bay and South Head.

"Spectator boats intending to watch the race start, but not follow the fleet after the start, should position themselves on the western side of the Harbour.

"All operators of spectator boats must stay well clear of the exclusion zone from Bradleys Head to Middle Head and North Head and from north of Shark Island to South Head between 12pm and 2.20pm," he said.

Mr Hutchings said spectator craft are not permitted to operate under sail near the exclusion zone from midday until the fleet clears the Heads and kayaks, canoes and surfboats should remain 100 metres from the exclusion zone.

"As well as reminding all water users about the importance of navigating safely during one of the busiest times on Sydney Harbour, it is timely to remind everyone heading out on the water to ensure there are enough lifejackets for everyone on board, and to wear them when out on the water."

The Port of Sydney will be closed on Boxing Day from 9am to 4pm to allow the yachts to sail safely down the harbour.

.

Related Articles

Owners reminded to dispose of boats responsibly
Boat owners are reminded of their responsibilities Boat owners are reminded of their responsibilities on the eve of the NSW Government stepping in to remove an 11 metre derelict boat dumped on an emergency mooring at Camden Haven. Posted on 15 Aug 2019
Lifejackets save lives, learn how to save yours
Free lifejacket clinics will be held at Port Stephens this Sunday Acting Executive Director NSW Maritime Mark Hutchings said the clinic will see Roads and Maritime staff teaching boaters how to carry out a simple pre-wear check before use and how to service inflatable lifejackets. Posted on 25 Mar 2019
Targeting dangerous boating behaviour
NSW and Victoria maritime authorities are joining forces NSW and Victoria maritime authorities are joining forces this weekend to remind boaters, no matter where you come from, safety is the most important part of your day on the water. Posted on 8 Mar 2019
Keep an eye out where vehicle ferries are about
Keep an eye out where vehicle ferries are about Boaters are reminded to navigate safely near vehicle ferries after 20 near-misses were reported to Roads and Maritime Services between August 2018 and January 2019. Posted on 27 Feb 2019
Learn how to look after lifejackets for free
Free lifejacket clinics on the South Coast Free lifejacket clinics will be held on the South Coast between Friday 15 February and Sunday 17 February 2019, as part of a new phase of the successful NSW Government wear a lifejacket program. Posted on 14 Feb 2019
Learn how to look after lifejackets for free
'Wear a lifejacket' program is being launched, with free lifejacket clinics A new phase of the successful NSW Government 'Wear a lifejacket' program is being launched, with free lifejacket clinics in selected areas in NSW during February. Posted on 6 Feb 2019
Have fun, stay safe - Maritime NSW message
Australia Day is expected to be the biggest day of the year on the water Australia Day is expected to be the biggest day of the year on waterways around NSW with thousands of extra boats on the water. Posted on 25 Jan 2019
Boaters behaving better on the water
Annual water safety campaign run by Roads and Maritime Services It has been mostly smooth sailing for boating enthusiasts during an annual water safety campaign run by Roads and Maritime Services. Posted on 23 Jan 2019
Don't have a beer and steer
Skippers are warned not to drink while operating a vessel Skippers are warned not to drink while operating a vessel, to wear lifejackets, and to check their equipment before every launch, ahead of a State-wide operation staring this weekend. Posted on 12 Jan 2019
$5500 reminder the waterways are there to share
A 35-year-old Concord West man yesterday received a $5500 reminder A 35-year-old Concord West man yesterday received a $5500 reminder that it pays to follow the rules and be mindful of the wake that a boat creates. Posted on 12 Dec 2018
Marine Resources 2019 - FooterMaritimo 2019 FooterMarina Exchange FOOTER 1