26 January 2010 | Sydney Harbour
Australia Day is a holiday here and there are masses of events on to celebrate it from brekkie on lots of the beaches in the morning, ocean swimming races and surf canoe racing, concerts and special exhibitions. There's a special Australian citizenship ceremony when many thousands of people from dozens of countries get their citizenship.
We were invited by Nemesis to go out with them in Sydney Harbour where lots of things had been planned but, as the weather looked as if it was going to be wet, we all ended up on White Hawk so we could shelter from the rain. In the end it turned out to be a beautiful day. Hot and sunny. Lots of boats turned out to watch all the events, most of them decked out with flags and bunting. The Sydney Ferries also get dressed up (by their sponsors) and race from Circular Quay round Fort Denison and back and there's a tall ships race. Then there was a flyover of a Tiger Moth, and a squadron of fighter planes followed by a air-sea rescue helicopter towing a huge Australian flag. We found a spot to anchor and had the tradional Barbie and in the afternoon went round by Piermont where there was a jazz concert. Some excellent music including a surprise appearance by Leo Sayer, who became an Australian citizen on Australia Day last year. And yes, he did make us feel like dancin'!!!
Such a good day with fabulous company. Thanks to all for making it such a lovely day.