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Christmas and New Year 2008 in Sydney

A few days before Christmas we've found a anchorage in Port Jackson, the beautiful natural harbour of Sydney. On Boxing Day we have an early rise and leave for the South Head from where we hope to see the start of the famous Sydney to Hobart sailing race. And that is fabolous! A fleet of supporters on the water accompanies the regatta till far out of the harbour and everywhere around the water's edge you see people to watch the big racing yachts leave.

Beside the Operahouse the Harbour Bridge is an icon in the Sydney skyline. Every day thousands of tourists and visitors stroll along the waterside where the green harbourferries leave, from the Operahouse to, or even over the Harbour Bridge, with perhaps a stop for coffee, beer or shopping in the Rocks, the oldest area of Sydney. A bustling hussle with bookshops, souvenirs, terraces and buskers. In the harbour itself there are always the ferries, cruiseships, sailing yachts and small and big motorvessels coming and going.

On New Years Eve we have friends aboard and are anchored somewhere between the thousands of other boats with a good view on the Harbour Bridge. At 9 p.m. there are fireworks for the children, followed by a parade of illuminated vessels. A few minutes before the new year the countdown begins and at midnight spectacular firework displays are all around us from six barges and from the Harbour Bridge. A specially compiled soundtrack is broadcasted via the radio. Colourfull and spectacular!

We wish you all a very healthy and happy new year!

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