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For years, country regions have had their traditional ‘musters’
where people gather to socialise and celebrate their community.
Typically people arrive at musters on horseback, 4WD or ute but
in a first for Sydney Harbour, the Australia Day Council of NSW
(ADCNSW) is putting on a muster for boats of all shapes and sizes.
The inaugural Tinnie Muster will take place in Athol Bay and
begins at 2pm. The ADCNSW is creating a ‘party’ atmosphere
with games for the kids, a BBQ barge and live performances from
a diverse line-up, including X Factor runner-up Taylor Henderson
performing some Aussie classics.
For the keen and skilful, there will be a Tinnie Muster obstacle
course to give those crews a chance to showcase their talents.
Tinnies, tenders and dinghies are invited to enter the Tinnie
Muster and run the gauntlet of obstacle stations.
To succeed you will need a team of two, a little bit of luck
and a have-a-go attitude. The course will test not only your
manoeuvring skills but your rope handling, sausage eating and
joke telling skills, plus a couple of surprise stations on the day.
But before everyone ends up at the Tinnie Muster, there’s a
bit of showboating to do! The Australia Day Harbour Parade will
feature some of Sydney’s most iconic vessels lining up around
the harbour, showcasing their Australia Day spirit to the crowds.
Vessels of all shapes and sizes are welcome to join the flotilla
and everyone is encouraged to join in the spirit of the day by
dressing their vessels with colour and flags. The route hugs the
foreshore and there will be plenty of opportunities to interact
with the crowds on the waterfront. Vessels that register and go
that extra mile with their decorations will be in the running for
a share of $2,000 in cash prizes for the Best Dressed Vessel.
The parade forms from 12pm south of Kurraba Point and
departs at 12:30pm, allowing boaties plenty of time to participate
in the Ferrython, a traditional favourite. The Parade finishes in
Athol Bay at 2pm where the Tinnie Muster will kick off.
Each year John Boyce, skipper of 8-times Best Dressed Vessel
winner Sydney Sundancer decorates their yacht in green and gold
to celebrate the past year’s Aussie sporting achievements.
“ When we won The Ashes, everyone wore baggy green caps
and whites and cricket bats were held high when we cruised past
the cheering waterfront spectators. It was a real buzz for everyone
aboard and we felt like rock stars!”
Australia Day celebrations on Sydney Harbour will also
include the inaugural Tug and Yacht Ballet, the world’s oldest,
continuous sailing event – the 178th Australia Day Regatta, the
Ferrython, Tall Ships race, Great Australian Swim Series and
Salute to Australia.
Whether you are a skipper or a passenger on a boat on
Australia Day, please remember to plan, prepare and be safe. It
can be a long day afloat on a busy waterway and it is important
• keep a proper lookout at all times
• keep to a safe speed for the conditions
• keep under the 0.05 blood alcohol limit
• obser ve the lifejacket requirements. Lifejackets must be worn
in vessels under 4.8m when alone, offshore or at night and
by anyone under the age of 12.
Visit australiaday.com.au for further information.
Australia Day Muster on
The day has been designed so people in boats can still
watch all their favourite events as well as join in some of
the new activities. Highlights of aquatic events for boaties
on the harbour are:
7.00am P&O Cruises’ Pacific Jewel and P a c
Dawn arrive in Sydney Harbour
7.45am WugulOra – Indigenous Ceremony
11.00 -11 .45am Ferrython
12pm Salute to Australia
12.15pm Tug & Yacht Ballet
12.30pm Australia Day Harbour Parade
1.00pm Tall Ships Race
1.15pm 178th Australia Day Regatta
2.00pm Red Beret parachute display
2.00pm Tinnie Muster
9.15pm P&O Cruises’ fireworks display
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