I know I am extremely lucky to be brought up Sailing on Sydney Harbour. For a number of years now I have had the privilege of being part of the second line start team for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. Sydney Harbour is such a special place and Boxing Day sees it at its best each year. I started the day with an early morning drive up to Middle Head to see the Harbour showing off looking spectacular in the morning sun. No sign really of what was to come in the hours ahead.
On board the Middle Harbour Yacht Club Start Boat was a close group of friends who we trust to get the job done. Dad is the RO on the second line so we like to ensure we have plenty of people who know what they are doing that won’t get distracted by the excitement of it all. So not only are we a tight start team but it also is an enjoyable day out with a great group of friends to celebrate the Holiday period. This years start I must say was one of the best we have seen. Not only was the Harbour packed with spectators because of so many big boats taking part but our start line was hectic especially at the boat end! We actually run two start teams, one upstairs and one down just to make sure we can see across the long line towards our pin end boat.
This year we had no boats over early so once those starting on the third line had past us we were able to pick up anchor and follow them all out into the big seaway. Offshore as always at this point is pretty hectic with spectators and competitors heading around South Head.
Each year we have a tradition of once we see the boats leave the Harbour we head back to our place with our team to watch the TV Coverage of the front line and have a big feast of Christmas Day leftovers. Such a great way to finish up the day with good friends.
Boxing Day is just an incredible experience. I recommend to everyone experiencing it from the water at least once as it is something you won’t forget. Sydney Harbour on Boxing day is an iconic event featuring the sport I love on the Harbour I love. It does not get much better than that.