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View to a thrill: few sailing events draw the crowds as much as the Rolex Sydney Harbour yachts race. While skippers and crews hunt for ocean racing's most prized silverware, tens of thousands of onlookers compete for the prime viewing positions on land and sea, taking advantage of the natural arena that is Sydney Harbour.

The sight of close to 100 yachts taking to Sydney Harbour on 26 December to start in the 67th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is a truly spectacular event to witness first hand.

Spectators begin to gather from early in the morning, whether afloat on boats or al. prime vantage points surrounding the harbour foreshore. It's a great family day out with so many great, vantage points around the shore from which to watch the start of this famous ocean race. So bring your picnic lunch of Christmas leftovers with you and secure the best set in the house, either on water or land!

Some of the best vantage points on water are either side of the start line: Steele Point on the east and Taylors Bay on the west. Boaters can position themselves in the western channel at Chowder Bay, Obelisk Bay and waters to North Head or in the eastern channel in Rose Bay. Watsons Bay, Camp Cove and around South Head.

For those wanting to get out on the water but who don't have access to a boat, there are a couple of options to consider. The Cruising Yacht Club (CYCA) runs two official spectator craft--one with access to the exclusion zone and one without. The Majestic II catamaran has access to the exclusion zone, expert commentary from CYCA members and gets you up close and personal with the fleet. Tickets are available from the club at a cost of $195 per person.

The Fiesta Ferry is the perfect option for families as it allows guests to self-cater, but does not have access to the exclusion zone. Tickets are only $59 per person and can be booked through the CYCA. Other cruise operators such as Flagship Cruises, Coast Cruises. Captain Cook Cruises and Bass & Flinders Cruises have packages available but don't have exclusion zone access.

For those who prefer to feel solid ground beneath, their feet, the best vantage points on land include: Bradley's Head. Chowder Bay, Georges Heights and Middle Head on the western shore; Shark Island. Steele Point, Vaucluse Point. South Head and The Gap on the eastern shore; North Head in the north, which offers a magnificent panoramic view back up the Harbour, and also out to sea and down the coast. Get in early to claim the best; vantage points, and enjoy the race!

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Publication:Offshore Yachting
Geographic Code:8AUST
Date:Jan 1, 2012
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