NYE Sydney Harbour
We spent NYE in Farm Cove, just east of the Opera House. Here are 2 pics of the midnight fireworks. There is an earlier 9pm set, with sporadic short displays in between, and other entertainment filling the gaps. Plus we had plenty of seafood, decent French champagne, steak to bbq, desserts, and good friends on board. Cresta 32/John was anchored upwind of us.
Both fireworks and the trip home were enhanced by mid year bilateral cataract surgery.
We were in place by 1pm and never bored watching anchoring and boat handling issues. An area of seafloor seemed to be a thin layer of mud on top of smooth polished granite. The Sarca held second best to a Hanse sailboat (anchor not sighted but plenty of ss chain and nylon)extending to about 50M of rode out in 8M depth. Wind lifted, we dragged twice at 3:1 (limited space) after initially holding 4 hours, we shifted position, going to 5:1. We saw multiple rode entwinements, in one a sailboat holed a catamaran which left under rescue escort, numerous uncontrolled drifts of boats up to 45ft plus (Crew: "we don`t have any thrusters" Me: "put the port engine in reverse" as it drifted downwind sideways bow first between anchored boats),attempting to anchor in what became a "Bermuda Triangle" of anchoring. Fortunately, it all settled by the time the celebrations started.
Happy New Year!
Island Gypsy 36 Europa "Doriana"