IFR Schedule of Events and Information

 For those members interested in all the activities of the 2013 International Fleet Review please see the below information for this very special event.

 

Saturday 5th October is set to be one of the most exciting days on the Harbour. The club has various events planned throughout the course of the day, information can be found in the clubs IFR Brochure.

 

Public Transport

With the busy Milsons Point and Kirribilli area and the limited parking available at the club it may be appropriate for some members to use public transport to get to and from the club. As part of the festivities NSW Transport has put on extra services throughout the busy periods. Maps, information and transport planning is available from the IFR Transport webpage or by calling 131500.

 

Tender Services

Extended tender services will be offered to members from Thursday 3rd October until Sunday 6th October. Please be reminded that Sunday 6th October is the start of NSW daylight saving. Tender Servie hours during this time shall be;

  • Thu 3rd October 0800 – 1900hrs
  • Fri 4th October   0700 – 1900hrs
  • Sat 5th October  0700 – 2200hrs
  • Sun 6th October 0800 – 1800hrs
  • Mon 7th October 0800 - 1800hrs
 

Club Functions

On Saturday 5 October the following options will be available for Members and their guests wishing to celebrate this very special Harbour event;

  • RSYS IFR Family Day, 10am – 3pm, to be held on the Club’s magnificent harbourside grounds. Food and beverage stalls will be dotted around the lawns and a jumping castle provided for the kids. Bookings are not required however an indication of attendance would be appreciated for catering purposes, please phone 9955 7171.
  • RSYS IFR Buffet Lunch, 12pm - 3.30pm where you can enjoy the fleet review from the comfort of the Carabella Room. Tickets are $65 per person and bookings are essential. Please phone 02 9955 7171 for bookings.
  • RSYS IFR Careening Cove Anchorage Dinner, 5pm - til 9.30pm where you can enjoy the evenings fireworks and the brasserie menu.
 

IFR Schedule of Events

Friday 4 October 2013

  • 6.00am-4.00pm Warships enter Sydney Harbour
  • 9.30am-10.30am Air displays by Navy Squirrel Display Team and RAAF Roulettes.
  • 9.30am-5.00pm Tall Ships day sails. Location: Sydney Harbour.
  • 10.00am Ceremonial Fleet Entry and 21 Gun Salute. HMA Ships Sydney, Darwin, Perth, Parramatta, Bundaberg, Diamantina and Yarra. Location: Sydney Harbour/Bradleys Head.
  • 9.45am-10.15am Navy Helicopter Display and RAAF Roulettes. Location: Bradley's Head, Sydney Harbour.
  • 11.00am-4.00pm Australian Surf Rowers Reception. Location: Sydney Opera House.

Saturday 5 October 2013

  • 8.00am-Sunset Dress ship. Location: Sydney Harbour.
  • 10.00am-7.00pm RAN and International military band performances. Location: Sydney Opera House Forecourt and Bradfield Park.
  • 10.30am-10.45am Navy Helicopter Display Team. Location: Farm Cove, Sydney Harbour.
  • 11.00am-2.30pm Ceremonial Fleet Review. Location: Sydney Harbour.
  • 11.20am-11.40am Formation Flypast. Location Sydney Harbour.
  • 12.00noon-12.30pm Navy Helicopter Display Team. Location: Shark Island, Sydney Harbour.
  • 2.15pm-5.30pm 'Salute to Navy' Air Displays. Location: Sydney Harbour.
  • 7.40pm-8.10pm Fireworks and Lightshow Spectacular. Location: Sydney Harbour.

Sunday 6 October 2013

  • 9.30am-5.00pm Tall ships open to visitors. Location: Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour.
  • 10.00am-11.30am HMAS Sydney (I) Memorial Service. Location: Naval Memorial, Bradley's Head.
  • 1.00pm-6.00pm Warships Open Day. Location: Fleet Base East, Garden Island and Barangaroo.
  • 2.00pm-3.30pm Ecumenical Service. Location: St Mary's Cathedral.

Monday 7 October 2013

  • 8.00am-6.00pm Warships Open Day. Location: Fleet Base East, Garden Island and Barangaroo.
  • 9.00am-10.15am Opening of Sea Power Conference 2013 and Pacific 2013 International Maritime Exposition. Location: Sydney Conference and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour.
  • 9.30am-5.00pm Tall Ships day sails. Location: Sydney Harbour.

Tuesday 8 October 2013

  • 8.00am-5.00pm Sea Power Conference 2013 and Pacific 2013 International Maritime Exposition continue. Location: Sydney Conference and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour.
  • 9.30am-5.00pm Tall ships open to visitors. Location: Cockle Bay/Darling Harbour.
  • 12.30pm-2.00pm Navy Memorial Service. Location: Cenotaph, Martin Place.
  • 12.30pm-2.00pm HMAS Penguin Freedom of Entry to Mosman. Location: Military Rd, Mosman.
  • 1.00pm-2.30pm HMAS Parramatta Freedom of Entry to Parramatta. Location: Church St, Parramatta.

Wednesday 9 October 2013

  • 8.00am-5.00pm Sea Power Conference 2013 and Pacific 2013 International Maritime Exposition. Location: Sydney Conference and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour.
  • 12.30pm-2.30pm Combined Navies Parade. Location: George Street - The Rocks to Town Hall.

Thursday 10 October 2013

  • 10.00am-3.00pm Combined Navies Sporting Competition. Location: Randwick Barracks/Macquarie Park.
  • 11.00am Tall ships depart for Auckland. Location: Sydney Harbour.
  • 3.00pm-5.30pm Sailing Regatta with RAN Sailing Association. Location: Sydney Harbour.

Friday 11 October 2013

  • From 7.30am Warships depart for Exercise Triton Centenary 13 - Part 2. Location: Sydney Harbour.

Further information is available from the IFR website at: http://www.navy.gov.au/ifr/ 

Winning margins of seconds in Etchells Mini Regatta

The Squadron’s first mini regatta of the season for International Etchells underlined what the class is all about - close one-design fleet racing with just a few seconds deciding two of the three races for the 23 boat fleet.

The end results also emphasised that consistency of placings is the keynote to success in any Etchells regatta series.  

As far as the Squadron fleet goes, the mini regatta showed what a strong fleet, with great depth of talent, is racing on Sydney Harbour this summer.

With a light 10 knot south-easterly breeze, race officer Ian Kingsford Smith set courses from the start line in Taylor’s Bay to marks near Shark Island (125ºfor the first two races and 140º for the third).  The first two were over two laps, for the third he set three shorter laps with the weather mark now south-west of Shark Island.

The mini regatta saw three different winners while the minor placings were spread between four more boats.  Yet none of the three overall placegetters won a race, they just sailed consistently well.

Rupert Henry, helming Vivienne, set the pace for close racing in the first race, with a seven second win from Dot (David Seaton),  third going to Umami (Matt Whitnall).

Race two saw a wider margin for winner Shindig (Paul Thackray) from Special Mention (Mark Anderson) and Dot.
With the south-easterly shifting in direction and dropping in strength, the fleet started the third race with five boats in with a chance of being overall winner on the day: Umami (Matt Whitnall), North Star (Michael Coxon), Alchemist (Richard Hammond), Shindig (Paul Thackray) and Vivienne (Rupert Henry).
Hammond led for most the last race but was beaten right on the line by Doug Flynn’s Wobbegong. The official margin was one second – less than a foot. A close third was Umami.

Consistency paid off with Umami taking out the mini regatta with placings of 3-6-3, North Star finished second with a 4-4-5 scorecard, Alchemist third with placings of 5-7-2.   

The division racing on Saturday saw the biggest fleets of the season so far with 10 boats in Division 1 and Division 4 boosted to a dozen starters with the addition of three International Ynglings.

In Division 1, Euphoria (Anthony Coleman) led the pursuit of line honours winner Sydney (Charles Curran) and on corrected time took first place from Hell Razor (Ian MacDiarmid) and Ultreya (Rod Pearse).

Bruce Millar’s Jessica Rabbit scored an outright win in Division 2,  finishing far enough ahead of the rest of the fleet to take handicap honours from Campeador (Jonathan Threlfall) and Ambitious (David Matthews).

Wingsong 2(John Vickery) led home the fleet in Division 3, but placed well down on handicap, first place going to Marigot Bay (Merryl Semple) from Tingari (John Jeremy), third to L’Eau Co (Grant Pollock).

Til the Fat Lady Sin,  David Smith’s Sayer 25, scored her third consecutive line honours in Division 4,  but on handicap placed second to the 33-year-old Bonbridge 27 Hornblower (Steve Sweeney) the margin just 5 seconds.  Third place went to the Hood 23 Esquisse 2 (Richard Staines) just 20 seconds further back.

By Peter Campbell

International Fleet Review Road Closures & Traffic Restrictions

IFR Road Closures & Traffic Restrictions:

Kirribilli Peninsula traffic restrictions commences at 3.00pm. Further information on the pennisula closures can be found here.

Members who are already inside wishing to leave may do so freely until 6.00pm ie. Members booked for the daytime functions do not need a traffic letter.  If members unsure of their time of exit they can collect a letter on the day from Reception.

Members wishing to enter the peninsula between 3 – 6pm will need an original copy of the letter signed by CEO (available from Reception).

No access in or out of the peninsula will be allowed between 6 – 11pm.  Once Members are in for the evening functions they will not be allowed to leave until then.

Parking is for Members only, guests will need to find alternate forms of transport. Please note photocopies of the access letter will not be accepted by authorities..

For the latest traffic information including road closures and special event clearways visit Fleet Review Transport info website or call 132 701.

For timetables, maps and trip planning use the Fleet Review Transport info website or call 131 500.

2013 International Fleet Review

The IFR and associated events are scheduled for 3-11 October to commemorate the centenary of the first entry of the Royal Australian Navy's Fleet into Sydney.  With a fleet of approximately 60 ships participating both from Australia and overseas, it will be a spectacular event not to be missed.  It is tipped to rival the scale and public impact experienced during the RAN 75th Anniversary in 1986 and the Bicentennial Naval Salute in 1988.

On Saturday 5 October the following options will be available for Members and their guests wishing to celebrate this very special Harbour event;

RSYS IFR Family Day, 10am – 3pm,  to be held on the Club’s magnificent harbourside grounds.  Food and beverage stalls will be dotted around the lawns and a jumping castle provided for the kids.  Bookings are not required however an indication of attendance would be appreciated for catering purposes, please phone 9955 7171.

RSYS IFR Buffet Lunch, 12pm - 3.30pm where you can enjoy the fleet review from the comfort of the Carabella Room.  Tickets are $65 per person and bookings are essential. Please phone 02 9955 7171 for bookings.

RSYS IFR Careening Cove Anchorage Dinner, 5pm - til 9.30pm where you can enjoy the evenings fireworks and the brasserie menu.

All Members planning to attend either the Family Day, Buffet Lunch or the Brasserie Dinner on Saturday 5 October should collect a parking access letter from Reception prior to the day.  The Kirribilli peninsula will be closed to traffic from 3pm – 11pm.  Only those with an access letter will be allowed entry/exit during this time.

The Carabella Dining Room and Careening Cove Anchorage will be open as usual throughout the week should you wish to make a booking for lunch or dinner and enjoy the spectacular harbour views afforded from our location.

Further information is available from the IFR website at:  http://www.navy.gov.au/ifr/