I've uploaded the Roads and Maritime maps for NSW to Dropbox, if anyone would like a copy they are in PDF format here:
The ones for Sydney Harbour might not be immediately clear to a non-Sydneysider, they are:
9D port jackson - middle harbour
9D port jackson - east
9G parramatta river
9G port jackson - west
The last named shows everything west of the bridge, including the Blackwattle Bay anchorages, Fish
Markets etc. Pretty sure you can motor
into Darling Harbour and use the small boat dock
at the foot of King St, south of the Pyrmont Bridge, but this is dinghy only trerritory as the bridge, while a marvel of 19thC swing bridge engineering, is too low for anything but daysailers to get their masts under.
For those non-Aussies looking at the maps for the first time, the numbering system is north-south, so 1A is the Queensland/NSW border, while 13A depicts the coastal border between NSW/Victoria in the south, with Gabo Island clearly shown. Gabo is one of the WX 'markers' along the coast and is the point at which the Sydney/Hobart fleet veers away from the coast heading south to Tasmania across Bass St. So if you've watched the race
on TV you'll have heard the name 'Gabo Island'.
9A pittwater to cowan creek shows the main anchorage for sailors travelling the coast at Refuge and America Bay which are safe in anything but a nor-wester, and even then aren't too bad. Except at weekends in our summer (November to March) as they fill up with locals pretty early on Friday arvo - but mid-week it's always quiet.
It also shows the two 'remote bushland' marinas
of Cowan Creek and Bobbin Head
, if you needed a quiet marina for a day or two, and both have some engineering facilities if required.
On 9A Pittwater-main you can see the anchorages and the marinas
and Church Point, with RMYC (Royal Motor
Yacht Club-Pittwater) probably the friendliest, with plenty of visitor berths, excellent showers and laundry facilities, a nice bistro (not too exxy), haul-out and engineering facilities.
I admit to partisanship over RMYC, as my great-great-grandfather was the founding Commodore back in the twenties, but it is a well-managed marina/club.
Multihulls are especially welcomed, as they have quite a fleet of multis who exercise their rigs in a twilight race
series during the summer. I've been out on a friend's 47' Spindrift a few times and they are great people.
But if you are on a tight budget
, and anchor out off Church Point, there is a bus from there a cuppla kms to Mona Vale shopping
centre, which has supermarkets etc, and a glance through the local Yellow Pages will show there are loads of marine-related businesses in the Mona Vale area, so stainless work, awnings and sunshades, rigging
and so on can all be readily accessed for repairs
And if you happen along the coast, 4B Macleay-back shows the Trial Bay anchorage, which is a refuge in a southerly blow. Anyone wanting a look around the local area and wishes to anchor here, or just inside the river mouth near The Boatshed and Boat ramp
, PM me some time before and I will be able to collect you and show you round, provided I'm at home, that is.....