Navigation Restriction - SOLAS Big Boat challenge, Sydney Harbour - Farm Cove to North Head

MARINE SAFETY ACT 1998 - MARINE NOTICE
Section 12(2) - REGULATION OF VESSELS – EXCLUSION ZONE AND SPECIAL RESTRICTIONS

Sydney Harbour – Farm Cove to North Head as follows:

All navigable waters bounded by imaginary lines drawn between:

  • Bennelong Point Port Hand Beacon and Kirribilli Point,
  • the most northerly point of Middle Head, and Cannae Point Flagstaff,
  • North Head starboard hand beacon and Hornby Light

Tuesday 12 December 2017, from 12:00pm to 3:00pm

Exclusion Zones

A special event, the SOLAS Big Boat Challenge 2017, will take place on Sydney Harbour at the above location. Due to the potential to affect the safety of navigation, Exclusion Zones are specified which will set aside a starting area for competing vessels and protect the course rounding buoys.

  • Spectator vessels wishing to watch the start (in the vicinity of the area between Clark Island and Point Piper) are required to keep out of the exclusion zone, which will be marked by yellow buoys. Spectator vessels are required to remain to the west of the western line of buoys and east of the eastern line of buoys.
  • In the vicinity of the orange CYCA inflatable race turning mark approximately 500m south west from Cannae Point a series of exclusion buoys will be installed. Spectators are not to navigate between the exclusion buoys and the orange turning mark.
  • In the vicinity of the orange CYCA inflatable race turning mark approximately 100m south east of Shark Island a series of exclusion buoys will be installed. Spectators are not to navigate between the exclusion buoys and orange turning mark.

Only competing, authorised media vessels and official control vessels are permitted in the exclusion zones. All other vessels are required to stay clear. Penalties may apply (Marine Safety Act 1998, s.12(5) - Maximum Penalty $1,100.00)

Special Restrictions

Pursuant to section 12(3) of the Marine Safety Act 1998, a strict 6 knot speed limit zone and a “no wash” zone will be in place within 200m of the exclusion zones from 12:20pm to 12:40pm

Directions

RMS advises:

  1. Persons within the vicinity of the event must comply with any directions given by a Boating Safety Officer or Police Officer in relation to the Special Event or to marine safety. Failure to comply with any such direction is an offence (Marine Safety Act 1998, s.15A - Maximum Penalty $3,300.00).
  2. Any vessel operator breaching the Special Restrictions above is liable to be guilty of an offence (Marine Safety Act 1998, s.12(5) - Maximum Penalty $1,100.00)
  3. Vessels intending to accompany or follow the racing fleet are required to follow strict instructions from Roads and Maritime and Police control vessels and not impede the passage of ferries, ships or competing yachts.

Maps and Charts Affected

RMS Boating Map – 9D
RAN Hydrographic Chart AUS 200

For full details visit the Roads and Maritime Services website – www.rms.nsw.gov.au/maritime

Marine Notice SE1705

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