Restrictions for boats on Sydney Harbor
This Australia Day (January 26, 2008) more than 2,500 vessels are expected on Sydney Harbor. Skippers are being urged to act safely and responsibly. NSW Maritime chief executive Chris Oxenbould said public safety was paramount given the extensive program of water celebrations planned. In order to ensure the utmost of security specific exclusion zones will be established.
The Port of Sydney will be closed to shipping from 10.30am (AEDT) to 11pm on January 26. Additional restrictions include a 50 meter exclusion zone around each competing ferry in the Ferrython, which starts at 11am, and a similar zone around competitors in the 3pm Tall Ships Race. According to NSW Maritime the parade speed would be four to five knots and must not exceed six knots.
With so many vessels on the harbor and such a packed schedule of events care, courtesy and consideration for others is the key to a safe and enjoyable day for all boaters.