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Tuesday, 7 March 2017

“I can't control the wind but I can adjust the sail.” ― Ricky Skaggs





I got a Groupon (not sponsored, I'm just a tightarse) and booked the family to go for a twilight sail for our wedding anniversary. (Please note, you need to book well in advance as it was very hard to get a time for the 5 of us, and Monday night was the only one that would work in the whole 3 month period of the coupon with Sailaway).











For those of you not in Sydney, it's been dismal rain all week. My husband was sure the trip would be cancelled but the sun came out at the 11th hour, and we set off. The wind was very strong (about 25 knots) so we only did a tiny stint under sail.











We headed out from Lavender Bay at 4.30, and were lucky enough to see the resident seal on the Opera House steps. My youngest delightedly squealed when he waved a flipper at us....




 I've said it many times, but if you live in Sydney, you really must make the effort to see the harbour on a boat - ferry, water taxi, whatever you can afford. However the peacefulness under sail is superb.












Feasting on a sushi dinner, we bobbed in the water in a quite cove as the sun came out for a brief interlude.



We then cruised around the harbour as the sun set. The kids had a turn at steering, as did my husband. I was content to take photos and drink beer. I'm quite useless on boats, and more than happy to be so.














All in all, a magnificent evening and well worth the money.
















We all slept well with the motion of the boat rocking us to sleep in our beds.






















How can you not love this beautiful city?



Linking these photos of Sydney with #WeekendTravelInspiration and #WeeklyPostcard (not with my travel blog this time, but the pictorial is something for visitors to think about organising!) also linking with #FortheloveofBlog  #WednesdayWaters, #WednesdayAroundtheWorld 



25 comments:

  1. So beautiful! I have not done a sailing trip in a long time. There are several marinas close to where I live. I have to check if trips go out from there. #TPThursday

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  2. I love, love sailing - especially if someone else is doing the sailing! Beautiful photos - and it looks like a wonderful time. Good to know for when I travel to Sydney!

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  3. My husband loves sailing, but I don't. We almost capsized a couple of times, so I don't trust him (or sailing!) anymore. #TheWeeklyPostcard

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  4. So pretty I love seeing cities from the water. And when you were able to use a Groupon that's a bonus. Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard.

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  5. Great shot of the seal with its flippers up over its body (waving position?). Whenever I go to Sydney, I always try to get on the water (usually by ferry). 25 knots is pretty fresh for a recreational sail but can be a lot of fun if you like to heel over :) .

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  6. Such a dramatic sky! I love sailing, this looks like a great way to see the harbor. Thanks for linking in this week at #wkendtravelinspiration!

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  7. In these times, I never pay anything full price. Use all the resources I can get like GroupOn, Travelzoo, etc for activities and travel.

    Worth a Thousand Words

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    1. Same - my husband hates it but we're 5 so everything,even just going out for burgers costs $100. It's nuts. I'm off to the theatre tonight with tix I got from Travelzoo - half price!

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  8. Love the seal ~ Gorgeous photography ~ especially the sky shots, thanks,

    Wishing you a peaceful week ~ ^_^

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  9. Beautiful pictures..

    Please visit: http://from-a-girls-mind.blogspot.com

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  10. Beautiful shots and my favourite has to be the seal ones aww heheh!

    Have a sealtastic week :-)

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  11. What a spectacular way to spend your wedding anniversary! Very memorable.

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  12. I love this! I'd like to go sailing at least once in my life.

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  13. When we were in Sydney last Christmas, our friend took us on his boat for a ride around the harbor. It was a really lovely way to experience Sydney, especially for our kids.

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  14. Wonderful idea. Congratulation to your Wedding day.

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  15. How gorgeous! Congrats on your anniversary!

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  16. Yes I agree. Sydney Harbour is spectacular and even more so from the water. I love jumping on the ferry when I visit just to get out on the harbour. It is so full of life and vibrancy. Happy Anniversary #TeamLovinLife

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  17. I've used Groupon a couple of times this year already :-) - for our underwater walk in Bali (saved 50%) and our helicopter ride on the Gold Coast (don't think we saved anything when we checked their website but oh well). Love that seal!

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  18. I've been on Sydney Harbour in a ferry and on a big boat for a day cruise but never on a sailing boat or over night. How fabulous! It really is beautiful. #TeamLovinLife

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  19. I learned to sail on Sydney Harbour. It's just so beautiful and peaceful under sail, as you say. The harbour is one of the things I really miss about Sydney :) #TeamLovinLife

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  20. beautiful sunset indeed! I miss Sydney..went there at 2007! Man, that's almost 10 years ago..

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  21. So glad there was a break in this horrid weather for you guys to go on this sailing trip.

    Wonderful photos!

    SSG xxx

    PS - I am getting a bit down in the dumps about all this rain, another straight week they reckon!

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  22. Look at that water. Best harbour in the world. And that seal! Squeeeee
    #TeamLovinLife

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  23. Love that the seal waved a flipper at you all! This does look and sound stunning. If i ever make my way 'down unde', i would love see the habour by water. #lovinlifelinky

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