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WLIS Jibing

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I will be traveling to Australia for the first time soon, and am looking to get out on a sailboat at least once in Sydney Harbor.  Does anyone know whether the America's Cup Sail, or any of the daily sailing trips by Sydney by Sail are worthwhile?  Would appreciate any other recommendations for getting out on the water.

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The cup boats are very good... If you like racing they do the Wednesday afternoon race and it's usually a good fleet.... I hope you get captain Bruce W...

Or go down to Rushcutters bay (Cruising Yacht Club Aust.) and ask around.. I do Wednesdays down there and they get fleets of 20-70 boats at either the lunch race or the twilight race... get there by 4-4.30pm and ask around. Also put your name on the board...

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If you want to go out for a sail without having to pay for it, you can show up and probably get a race any day of the week out of various clubs.  The CYCA has a board where you can put your name down as potential crew for their midweek twilights, plus whatever may be happening that weekend, and I know Middle harbour do the same.

We are a pretty friendly bunch down here, so I'm sure you will be able to get out on the harbour without having to be a tourist about it.

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6 minutes ago, PIL007 said:

The cup boats are very good... If you like racing they do the Wednesday afternoon race and it's usually a good fleet.... I hope you get captain Bruce W...

Or go down to Rushcutters bay (Cruising Yacht Club Aust.) and ask around.. I do Wednesdays down there and they get fleets of 20-70 boats at either the lunch race or the twilight race... get there by 4-4.30pm and ask around. Also put your name on the board...

Lunch race?  Don't most blokes and lassies have day jobs on Wednesday at lunch time??

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The MHYC race is on Thursday nights. Get there before 5 pm. You can take any bus starting with a 1 that leaves from Carrington Street at Wynyard - 169 171 179 etc Buses starting with L are no good.

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Just remember you have the right of way over the ferries- they have to let you cross- 

 

oh and aussies are like kiwis only worse

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1 hour ago, billy backstay said:

Lunch race?  Don't most blokes and lassies have day jobs on Wednesday at lunch time??

It's usually either lads and lasses who are already retired, or the slightly older accountants, solicitors and financial planners who are "seeing clients."

The club is a ten minute cab ride from the CBD, and you can be off the dock at 1 and back by 3. So in theory, you'd be back at your desk no later than 4pm. With a skinful of Shiraz...

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Jason, that is a good theory that never makes its way into practice in my experience.:lol:

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26 minutes ago, savoir said:

 

Be careful at CYC. They have pretty strict dress regulations. Nautical themed outfits are preferred.

 

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I like the pipe!

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Middle Harbour Yacht Club used to be and probably still is the friendliest, most welcoming club.  I was last there with my son in 2012 and had no trouble getting a ride for twilights.  The commodore himself was welcoming guest crew and finding them boats to sail on.  I sailed out of that club for two years (90/91) on various boats and thoroughly enjoyed the racing scene and people there.

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Hahaha..... My club is friendlier than yours ...ner ner na ner ner...

All clubs will welcome you ...and MHYC is a great club but nothing beats the boat porn at the CYC.... Oh and lets not forget the privilege of buying a $20 bottle of red for $100...(new extensions had to be paid somehow) 

 

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5 hours ago, Jason AUS said:

It's usually either lads and lasses who are already retired, or the slightly older accountants, solicitors and financial planners who are "seeing clients."

The club is a ten minute cab ride from the CBD, and you can be off the dock at 1 and back by 3. So in theory, you'd be back at your desk no later than 4pm. With a skinful of Shiraz...

I hope I can find a similar race schedule, when I am semi-retired in a few years!!

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2 hours ago, dash34 said:

Middle Harbour Yacht Club used to be and probably still is the friendliest, most welcoming club.  I was last there with my son in 2012 and had no trouble getting a ride for twilights.  The commodore himself was welcoming guest crew and finding them boats to sail on.  I sailed out of that club for two years (90/91) on various boats and thoroughly enjoyed the racing scene and people there.

MHYC is a delightful place. We spent a couple of weeks tied to a dock there while my parents were visiting us in Australia and wanting be in a slip. Nice folks, lots of cool boats. There is a ride board right outside the office, and a number of members are regular poster here.

That being said...when are you going to be there?

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25 minutes ago, DtM said:

Are you coming back down BJ?

Yes, Mr Porter....Hobart time?

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32 minutes ago, Phil said:
42 minutes ago, DtM said:

Are you coming back down BJ?

Yes, Mr Porter....Hobart time?

We'll be back down in the area in a few weeks. Will gets in around the 17th Ithink.

I'm not going to drag the house into the Hobart melee again...that bucket list item is checked off!

Depending on where we are for Christmas (maybe in Pittwater) we may miss the start entirely. If we're in Sydney we may try to get a couple of spots on one of the ferries for something for Will and me.

We are likely to be on the bay again for NYE though, as we'll be in the area. Been talking to a few cruising friends that have arrived here this season about rafting up for it.

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Well you got that one right BJ. There are only two places in Sydney to be on Boxing Day.

1. On one of the ferries. I have done it and it's a real hoot.

2. In the bar of some pub with a big screen and plenty of cold beer.

Being out there on your own boat is a total shitfight.

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5 hours ago, B.J. Porter said:

MHYC is a delightful place. We spent a couple of weeks tied to a dock there while my parents were visiting us in Australia and wanting be in a slip. Nice folks, lots of cool boats. There is a ride board right outside the office, and a number of members are regular poster here.

That being said...when are you going to be there?

That’s great, thank you!  We will be there in early to mid January. 

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2 minutes ago, savoir said:

Dang. That means you will miss the world's biggest and best free fireworks show.

Yep.  Also sad about missing the start of the Sydney Hobart, but really excited to travel to Australia for the first time anyway. Hopefully we make it back one day for Boxing Day and nye. 

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It's hard to tell how many boats are out on Boxing Day - Maybe 2000 ?  Maybe 3000 ?   Dunno

Either way it's pretty darned huge.

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53 minutes ago, savoir said:

It's hard to tell how many boats are out on Boxing Day - Maybe 2000 ?  Maybe 3000 ?   Dunno

Either way it's pretty darned huge.

There were a LOT of boats. I couldn't give you a count...but in the thousands if you count the crazies in kayaks and  tiny inflatables.

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11 hours ago, PIL007 said:

Hahaha..... My club is friendlier than yours ...ner ner na ner ner...

All clubs will welcome you ...and MHYC is a great club but nothing beats the boat porn at the CYC.... Oh and lets not forget the privilege of buying a $20 bottle of red for $100...(new extensions had to be paid somehow) 

 

No doubt the owners of that CYC boat porn are filling up the OP's inbox with PM's offering a ride.   :rolleyes:

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5 hours ago, dash34 said:

No doubt the owners of that CYC boat porn are filling up the OP's inbox with PM's offering a ride.   :rolleyes:

Not seeing anyone from any club here offering a ride.... I will ask around prior and see what i can do...

Note: I'm not a member of any harbour club (Cronulla) but if I was in Sydney for a Wednesday sail, knowing what I know, I'd be either going to CYC for the whole experience or paying to race the Am Cup boats which for me, even as a regular big boat sailor, is an awesome 4 hour sail where the racing is real (sometimes too real)... And great value for money IMO ($170..?)....   Or take the 4 knot shit box option....

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23 minutes ago, PIL007 said:

Not seeing anyone from any club here offering a ride.... I will ask around prior and see what i can do...

Note: I'm not a member of any harbour club (Cronulla) but if I was in Sydney for a Wednesday sail, knowing what I know, I'd be either going to CYC for the whole experience or paying to race the Am Cup boats which for me, even as a regular big boat sailor, is an awesome 4 hour sail where the racing is real (sometimes too real)... And great value for money IMO ($170..?)....   Or take the 4 knot shit box option....

Very kind, PIL, thank you!  I am definitely leaning towards booking the AC boats - hard to turn down the opportunity to sail on one of those!  May also check out CYC time permitting.

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4 hours ago, WLIS Jibing said:

Very kind, PIL, thank you!  I am definitely leaning towards booking the AC boats - hard to turn down the opportunity to sail on one of those!  May also check out CYC time permitting.

If you go out on one of the AC boats, make sure Mouse is on board. He'll point stuff out, then drink with you.

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19 hours ago, B.J. Porter said:

We'll be back down in the area in a few weeks. Will gets in around the 17th Ithink.

I'm not going to drag the house into the Hobart melee again...that bucket list item is checked off!

Depending on where we are for Christmas (maybe in Pittwater) we may miss the start entirely. If we're in Sydney we may try to get a couple of spots on one of the ferries for something for Will and me.

We are likely to be on the bay again for NYE though, as we'll be in the area. Been talking to a few cruising friends that have arrived here this season about rafting up for it.

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That's why I like my spot on Boxing Day, got to love the exclusion zone flag!

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1 hour ago, Phil said:

If you go out on one of the AC boats, make sure Mouse is on board. He'll point stuff out, then drink with you.

Couldn't agree more..... Mouse will lead you well astray... in good way ...  and Bruce Waugh

Oh and make sure you get the black boat not the blue

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On ‎20‎/‎11‎/‎2017 at 9:28 PM, savoir said:

Well you got that one right BJ. There are only two places in Sydney to be on Boxing Day.

1. On one of the ferries. I have done it and it's a real hoot.

2. In the bar of some pub with a big screen and plenty of cold beer.

Being out there on your own boat is a total shitfight.

One of the other good places to watch the start is on one of the start boats. Then follow the fleet out in the restricted area.

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On ‎21‎/‎11‎/‎2017 at 8:51 AM, WLIS Jibing said:

Very kind, PIL, thank you!  I am definitely leaning towards booking the AC boats - hard to turn down the opportunity to sail on one of those!  May also check out CYC time permitting.

Wlis MHYC does Wednesday 1.30 start and Thursday 5.30 start. Both Count up starts. PM me and I will should be able to arrange something. I normally sail both days. Philc.

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On 12/1/2017 at 12:49 PM, Philc said:
On 11/20/2017 at 8:28 PM, savoir said:

Well you got that one right BJ. There are only two places in Sydney to be on Boxing Day.

1. On one of the ferries. I have done it and it's a real hoot.

2. In the bar of some pub with a big screen and plenty of cold beer.

Being out there on your own boat is a total shitfight.

One of the other good places to watch the start is on one of the start boats. Then follow the fleet out in the restricted area.

Sounds lovely, but not so easy to score one of those spots if you're just a useless spectator like us.

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On 12/4/2017 at 3:12 PM, B.J. Porter said:

Sounds lovely, but not so easy to score one of those spots if you're just a useless spectator like us.

I think you can buy a ticket BJ. A friend did it a few years ago and she said it was great. 

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3 hours ago, LB 15 said:
On 12/4/2017 at 3:12 PM, B.J. Porter said:

Sounds lovely, but not so easy to score one of those spots if you're just a useless spectator like us.

I think you can buy a ticket BJ. A friend did it a few years ago and she said it was great.

Already paid for a spot on the Manly fast ferry for Will & I.

Now, I just need to psych myself up to sail out into this 20+ SE to get my ass down there...

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21 hours ago, B.J. Porter said:

Already paid for a spot on the Manly fast ferry for Will & I.

Now, I just need to psych myself up to sail out into this 20+ SE to get my ass down there...

You know where I'll be Boxing Day.

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