TP52s on the harbour
Eight fleet-footed TP52 racing yachts will contest the Southern Cross Cup on Sydney Harbour this weekend. Hosted by the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron at Kirribilli, round 3 of the series will add plenty of sizzle to the harbour spring sailing program. The yachts will dodge ferries and jet cats and criss-cross with regular club fleets.
Team Beau Geste leads the point score over vitamin king Marcus Blackmore's Hooligan so far. The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club on Sydney's Northern Beaches will host the final round during the long weekend of December 13-15. Racing will be within the natural boundaries of Pittwater and in open water off Barrenjoey Headland.
Bridge to Bridge today
One of the longest running and most prestigious ski-racing events in the southern hemisphere, the famous Bridge to Bridge, is on this weekend (November 23-24) along 112 kilometres of serpentine Hawkesbury River, all the way from Dangar Island to Windsor. Navigation restrictions will be in place all weekend for boaters during the throning ski event that began in 1961 with a field of only 20 boats and 80 competitors. In 1984, the record was set with 415 boats and 1660 competitors. Now, 52 years on, more than 200 boats are still expected to compete in the multi-class classic. The record held by Ricky Howard in his super-class hydroplane Hyperactive stands at 29 minutes 47 seconds. For the program of events, classes, rules and more, go to bridge2bridge.com.au.
Harbour drug bust
Water Police from Marine Area Command at Balmain staged an intelligence-based drug-detection operation on Sydney Harbour last weekend. Between 11am and 2pm, police targeted two planned dance parties on licensed charter vessels. About 41 people were searched for prohibited drugs, and 10 people were charged with 15 offences. The police say their harbour operations will continue and the public needs to know that law enforcement does not stop at the water's edge. You are responsible for your behaviour on the waterways, especially during the silly season, when risks increase. Hey, who needs drugs to enjoy Sydney Harbour?