Sydney’s summer aquatic events
This guide has been produced to help everyone make the most of their time on the water during the major aquatic events this summer.
Roads and Maritime will again be enforcing special traffic management measures such as a maximum 6 knot speed limit, minimum wash areas and exclusion zones, as well as the standard boating safety requirements and rules of the waterway.
With so many boats moving about, it is essential for all skippers to observe boating safety guidelines such as keeping a proper lookout and maintaining a safe speed. Act with care and courtesy to make these aquatic events safer and more fun for everyone. View our tips for attending boating events.
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The harbour city will be celebrating in style this Australia Day, with a host of activities taking place on the water. The 2017 Australia Day Harbour Program brought to you by P&O Cruises will see some of the day’s most symbolic and historic events returning to the water as well as some new and exciting activities perfect for boaties.
25 February to 5 March
Highlight of the Australian 18 Footers League season on Sydney Harbour will be the JJ Giltinan Trophy Championship Regatta. The event was first staged on Sydney Harbour in 1938 and is regarded as the world championship of 18ft skiff racing.
4 to 5 March
The Sydney Harbour Regatta is one of the largest competitive keelboat regattas in Australia. A true Sydney sailing spectacle, the regatta is conducted annually by Middle Harbour Yacht Club (MHYC) with the participation and support of the major Sydney sailing clubs.
24 March to 23 April
Opera Australia will stage a spectacular event at a specially-built venue at Mrs Macquaries Point in Farm Cove for four weeks from 24 March until 23 April.
During major events the harbour is busy with small and large craft. In the interest of safety, each skipper should maintain a safe speed, keep a proper lookout, avoid taking risks and obey navigation restrictions.