Royal Australian Navy International Fleet Review and Sydney International Tall Ship Festival 2013
3 - 10 October 2013
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The Sydney Tall Ship Festival is being held in partnership with the Royal Australian Navy International Fleet Review.
The largest Tall Ship fleet to visit Australia in a generation will sail into Sydney Harbour on 3 October 2013, starting a week of celebrations including parades, open days, day sails, a pyrotechnics and light show, and a Tall Ship Regatta!
Where will you watch the Tall Ships sail through Sydney Heads?
The International Fleet Review is being held to commemorate the centenary of the first entry of the Royal Australian Navy's Fleet into Sydney. On 4 October 1913 the flagship, HMAS Australia, led the new Australian Fleet Unit comprising HMA Ships Melbourne, Sydney, Encounter, Warrego, Parramatta and Yarra into Sydney Harbour to be greeted by thousands of cheering citizens lining the foreshore. This was a moment of great national pride and importance, one recognised as a key indicator of Australia's progress towards national maturity.
Planned in partnership with the NSW State Government and the City of Sydney, it is anticipated that over 40 visiting warships and 19 tall ships will join the Royal Australian Navy fleet and participate in this historic event.
The Tall Ship Festival will be held in Darling Harbour, at the Australian National Maritime Museum and Cockle Bay. Welcome the ships to Sydney on 3 October, bring the family and step aboard during the Open Days on 6-7 October, or book a ticket for a Sydney Harbour Sail and join the festivities for a spectacular day or evening out on the water.
The Sydney Tall Ship Festival will conclude with the start of the 2013 Sydney Auckland Tall Ships Regatta - the first ever Sail Training International event to be held in Australasian waters.
Join a voyage, visit the fleet, sail Sydney Harbour, or see the pyrotechnics and light show from a Tall Ship. Bring the family and be part of history as the largest tall ship fleet in a generation visits Sydney!
Tall Ship Program
3 October 2013 - Tall Ships Enter Sydney Harbour
A fleet of Tall Ships, led by the Australian vessel STS Young Endeavour, will sail through Sydney Heads at 11:00am and continue into Sydney Harbour to berth in Darling Harbour, Cockle Bay, Garden Island and Barangaroo. Sydney Harbour offers some amazing vantage points for the event. Check out the map here!
4 October 2013 - Warships Enter Sydney Harbour
A fleet of military vessels from Australia and across the globe will enter Sydney Heads and cruise across Sydney Harbour to Garden Island and nearby anchorages. For details on the participating warships and program visit the International Fleet Review website. The fleet will be supported by rotary and fixed winged aircraft.
Check out the map here!
5 October 2013 - International Fleet Review
The International Fleet Review! To mark this historic event, Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, will officially review the fleet from HMAS Leeuwin on Saturday, 5 October. The Review will include a moving line of seven RAN ships to symbolise the 1913 entry.
His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales is also expected to visit Sydney to attend the International Fleet Review.
Events during the day will include formation fly-pasts by fixed and rotary wing aircraft, naval displays and demonstrations, naval gun salutes and naval band performances. For details visit the International Fleet Review website.
The day will culminate in a spectacular evening pyrotechnics and light show on Sydney Harbour.
Check out the map here!
6 - 9 October 2013
Tall Ships will be open to the public in Darling Harbour and Cockle Bay from 9:30am to 5:00pm on Sunday 6 October and Monday 7 October 2013. Tickets are limited so book now at Ticketek.
Several Tall Ships are also be taking bookings for day sails on Sydney Harbour from Friday 4 October to Friday 11 October 2013. Step aboard and see the International Fleet Review from the Harbour. Book now to be part of this amazing event!
Military warships will also be open to the public at specified times on Sunday 6 and Monday 7 October 2013. Please visit the International Fleet Review for more information on how to get aboard, or search for tickets at Ticketek.
The Royal Australian Navy will also host performances by the Royal Australian Navy Band and the Combined Navies Band, a Memorial Service at the Cenotaph in Martin Place, the Combined Navies Parade and Festival, Twilight Sailing with the Royal Australian Navy Sailing Association, dragon boat races, and a range of community and cultural events.
10 October 2013 - Sydney Auckland Tall Ships Regatta
The 2013 Sydney to Auckland Tall Ships Regatta is the first ever Sail Training International event to be held in Australasian waters. Seven tall ships from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands will race for line honours and overall winner in this inaugural event. Hundreds of crew of all levels of experience will board the ships for the event, sailing across the Tasman Sea.
The Tall Ships will embark crew and leave Darling Harbour late morning, mustering on the Harbour from 1:00pm for the official start through Sydney Heads at 2:00pm. Plan your day to see the fleet leave Sydney Harbour!
Enquire now to join a crew for the Sydney Auckland Tall Ship Regatta.
Book now to join a day or evening Tall Ship cruise on Sydney Harbour during the International Fleet Review.
Book now to visit the Tall Ship Open Day in Darling Harbour and Cockle Bay over the long weekend.