Posted by barbara on September 18, 2011
Flagged up members of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron encounter a Southerly Buster on the official opening of the sailing season
Sydney's Southerly Busters customarily rip into hot summer days, lowering the temperature in a matter of minutes. So it was unusual to experience such a forceful change in the weather halfway through day in the middle of spring.
For the gaily decked yachts taking part on the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron's Parade of Sail, the traditional opening day of the sailing season, the customary stipulation that they parade under motor, and not under sail, may have been a blessing in disguise.
Sydney's sturdy green and gold ferries make lighter work of the 'buster'
Imagine the havoc if the fleet of yachts had been under full sail when the wind change barrelled across Sydney Harbour just minutes before midday. Good practice for offshore racing, including the annual Sydney to Hobart race.
Flags aflutter, the Parade of Sail returns to the sanctuary of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron in Kirribilli
Last updated 4 April 2017.