A few days before Christmas we've found a anchorage in Port Jackson, the
beautiful natural harbour of Sydney. On Boxing Day we have an early rise
and leave for the South Head from where we hope to see the start of the
famous Sydney to Hobart sailing race. And that is fabolous! A fleet of
supporters on the water accompanies the regatta till far out of the
harbour and everywhere around the water's edge you see people to watch
the big racing yachts leave.
Beside the Operahouse the Harbour Bridge is an icon in the Sydney skyline.
Every day thousands of tourists and visitors stroll along the waterside
where the green harbourferries leave, from the Operahouse to, or even
over the Harbour Bridge, with perhaps a stop for coffee, beer or
shopping in the Rocks, the oldest area of Sydney. A bustling hussle with
bookshops, souvenirs, terraces and buskers. In the harbour itself there
are always the ferries, cruiseships, sailing yachts and small and big
motorvessels coming and going.
On New Years Eve we have friends aboard and are anchored somewhere
between the thousands of other boats with a good view on the Harbour
Bridge. At 9 p.m. there are fireworks for the children, followed by a
parade of illuminated vessels. A few minutes before the new year the
countdown begins and at midnight spectacular firework displays are all
around us from six barges and from the Harbour Bridge. A specially
compiled soundtrack is broadcasted via the radio. Colourfull and
We wish you all a very healthy and happy new year!
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