Navigation Restriction - Sydney Harbour - Garden Island to Sydney Heads

(Marine Safety Act 1998 s.12)

Sydney Harbour
Tuesday 26 December 2017 from 11:30am to 2:20pm
Garden Island to Sydney Heads as follows:

All navigable waters bounded by imaginary lines drawn between:

  • Garden Island Port Hand Beacon and Bradley’s Head Light
  • the most northerly point of Middle Head, and Cannae Point Flagstaff,
  • North Head starboard hand beacon and Macquarie Light

Detail and Special Restrictions

A special event will take place on Sydney Harbour at the above location, being the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race 2017. Due to the potential to affect the safety of navigation, a Regulated Area with declared special restrictions will be established at the location specified above.

Pursuant to section 12(3) of the Marine Safety Act 1998, those restrictions are as follows:

  • No sail vessel other than official competing yachts may have sails hoisted between 12:00pm and 2:00pm;
  • The Regulated Area is declared a strict 6 knot speed limit zone and a “no wash” zone for the duration of the event;
  • Vessels intending to accompany or follow the racing fleet outside the heads are required to follow strict navigation channels - leaving the Harbour in the vicinity of South Head and re-entering via North Head, then using the Western Channel while keeping to the starboard side of the channel.
  • Vessels intending to observe the event without leaving the Harbour are required to position their vessels on, and remain on, the western side of the Harbour or south of Vaucluse Point on the eastern side of the Regulated Area.

Exclusion Zone

In addition, an Exclusion Zone will be established within the Regulated Area between 12:00pm and 2:20pm, which will be marked by a perimeter of yellow buoys.

NO UNAUTHORISED VESSELS are to enter the Exclusion Zone, which will be patrolled by Roads and Maritime patrol vessels, Water Police, and other official control vessels.

No Anchoring or Passive Craft Zone

Also pursuant to section 12(3) of the Marine Safety Act 1998, a “No Anchoring or Passive Craft Zone” will be established approximately 100m around the Exclusion Zone generally, extending to 200m from the Exclusion Zone in the Watsons Bay/Vaucluse Bay area, and extending to the whole area between the Exclusion Zone and North Head. See map on pages 14 and 15 of Sydney’s Summer Aquatic Events Guide.

NO VESSELS are permitted to anchor in this area under any circumstances, and due to the safety risk posed by the event and by spectator vessel traffic, NO NON-POWERED PASSIVE CRAFT (e.g. canoes, kayaks, surf boats, surf skis, rowing craft) are permitted in this area at any time. Penalties apply (see below).


RMS advises:

  1. Persons within the vicinity of the Regulated Area 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 detailed above; or
    • entering the Exclusion Zone; or
    • breaching the “No Anchoring or Passive Craft Zone” rules detailed above

is liable to be guilty of an offence (Marine Safety Act 1998, s.12(5) - Maximum Penalty $1,100.00). Penalties may apply.

Maps and Charts Affected

RMS Boating Map – 9D
RAN Hydrographic Chart AUS 200

For full details visit the Roads and Maritime Services website

Marine Notice SE1706

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