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all of my friends arrived before that time. Most will be dropped
ashore after midnight so that they can find their way home.
The problem arises after about 11.00am when the area around
the Opera House gets closed off for the use of paying guests which
then makes access to the wharf at Farm Cove difficult to say the
least, with my friends having to beg their way past security in
order to get to the jetty. Some were denied access completely, so
were forced to find more creative ways to get through to the jetty.
That’s pretty bad in itself but what really surprised me was
when at 1.00am after everything was over and most people had
left the city. We brought our inflatable back to the jetty to drop
off our guests and the security tried to prevent us from landing.
I understand that they are just doing their job so I don’t
particularly have a problem with them except for the fact that
they do appear to be blindly following some instruction without
using any common sense whatsoever. So, can someone please
explain to them that the wharf is a public facility and is in fact
the only safe way to get people ashore in Farm Cove?
The alternative is a dangerous swim, some awkward
gymnastics across slippery rocks followed by the scaling of a 2m
sandstone wall. Not a pleasant way to end the night.
Over at the Zoo. It’s a near commando mission to access
the foreshore through, under or over the temporary fencing and
guards, in order to get a dinghy ride out to the boat. Don’t the
beaches and bays belong to all?
Is there anything that can be done about this ludicrous
North Perth, WA .
New Year’s Eve access to and from boats in Sydney
Harbour is an issue for security personnel as well as boaters
and worth clarifying.
Although the pontoon is a public facility, access to the
pontoon is via land owned and controlled by the Sydney Opera
House. The area is restricted from 3pm on 31 December to
6am on 1 Januar y.
The area is within a crowd controlled zone which means
when the area reaches capacity it is closed to prevent
The area is alcohol restricted which means people carrying
alcohol cannot access vessels in Farm Cove via Man O’ War
For these reasons, Roads and Maritime Services
recommends all passenger pick up and drop offs to take
place at Woolloomooloo Bay.
This advice is provided online, in the official program and
in the annual edition of the Sydney’s Summer Aquatic Events
Safe Boating Guide.
Drew Jones, Roads and Maritime Services,
Senior Special Aquatic Events Officer.
The raising of the Kyrenia Ship
Living in Northern Ireland, I am always interested to read
A fl o a t online. By chance I found the memory provoking article
by John Quirk on the Kyrenia Ship (‘Wrecked in Cyprus’, A fl o a t
Nov’13). The ‘Foul Bottoms’ articles are both informative and
very entertaining. Quirkie’s drawings add to his inimitable style
and make the stories come alive.
I was in Kyrenia with my husband when the Kyrenia Ship was
being raised. A most intriguing and happy experience.
Most of the archaeologists were English speaking, so we were
able to join in the banter. Each time a boat with divers and their
treasures landed, such excitement! Obviously the wine in the
amphorae was not wine after 2,000 years. But there was ample
wine in the Kyrenia harbour bars. I think we toasted every find
I especially remember one young archaeologist who had
sailed out from England in her yacht with her mother as crew.
She moored in the harbour and lived on board while working.
Kyrenia harbour is ‘quite something’, a mediaeval setting under
the shadow of its huge castle.
One young lady, Anthea, was somewhat intense and whenever
the heavy mill stones were brought ashore, my husband teased
by asking her if they were Roman bollards? She was not amused.
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