The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia will again be conducting the City of Sydney Sesquicentenary Ocean Race to Botany Bay and return, on Australia Day 2017.
The 181st Australia Day Regatta remains the centrepiece of celebrations on Sydney Harbour, proudly proclaimed as the oldest continuously-conducted annual sailing regatta in the world, having been held each year since 1837 to commemorate the anniversary of the First Fleet and with it the first European settlement in Australia.
The Harbour Regatta is conducted by the Australia Day Regatta Committee with the co-operation of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron while the Botany Bay short ocean race is conducted as part of the CYCA Summer Series.
The City of Sydney Cup is up for grabs for those who enter the specfic event on the CYCA's on-line entry system found here.
Over the years, Australia Day regattas have been introduced in many waterways along the New South Wales coast and on inland dams and lakes, involving some 700 sailing vessels, including radio-controlled model yachts.
The Australia Day Botany Bay Race will start from Watsons Bay at 11am on January 26, while the 181st Australia Day Regatta on the Harbour gets under way at 1.15pm.