EVENTS GUIDE - Sydney's Summer Aquatic Events 2010-2011
Free safe-boating guide to Sydney’s on-water festivities
Sydney’s busy schedule of summer aquatic events started this week with the four-day Sail Sydney regatta starting last Monday and ending Thursday, December 9.
The regatta has coincided with the release of the latest safety guide to Sydney’s major aquatic events for boat owners and spectators.
The 28-page, full-colour Sydney’s Summer Aquatic Events 2010-2011 – A Boating Guide, is distributed free of charge by the State’s boating safety authority, NSW Maritime, to promote safe and responsible boating.
"The purpose of this annual guide is to advise the boating community of the special event navigation controls necessary to support the hosting of large aquatic events inside a busy waterway," said NSW Maritime chief executive, Steve Dunn.
"It contains details of the special boating traffic management measures, navigation restrictions and exclusion zones that will be enforced in the interests of safe and enjoyable boating for everyone.
"There are detailed maps indicating event and racecourses and advice on vantage points, anchoring, and communication, to help skippers to plan and prepare for their day on the water," he said.
The booklet includes safety information about the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race start on Boxing Day (December 26), New Year’s Eve celebrations and Australia Day (January 26) events on Sydney Harbour. These major annual events draw hundreds of thousands of spectators both ashore and afloat.
Also covered are the Sail Sydney Regatta, SOLAS Big Boat Challenge, Rolex Trophy, Pittwater & Coffs Offshore Series, Australian Youth Sailing Championship on Botany Bay, Rolex Farr 40 World Championship, JJ Giltinan Trophy Championship and Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta.
Sail Sydney (December 6 to 9) incorporates Olympic, International and Youth classes racing on Sydney Harbour courses used by the 2000 Olympics. More than 290 competitors from 22 countries have entered the event, including many aspirants for the 2012 London Olympics.
NSW Maritime distributes Sydney’s Summer Aquatic Events 2009-2010 – A Boating Guide to waterfront clubs, marinas, retailers and chandleries around the Harbour, and make it available from Service Centres throughout Sydney and in Newcastle and Port Kembla.
It is also available online at www.maritime.nsw.gov.au
Maps: Sydney Harbour restriction zones for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race start, December 26; Restriction zones on Sydney Harbour for New Year’s Eve.
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