I'm an event coordinator running regular events for The Singles Game www.thesinglesgame.com.au
Published June 12th 2012
There's something magic about the Harbour on a clear day, blue skies, bright white fluffy clouds and fresh crisp air make life seem crystal clear. It's perfect for sailing, and what is better than a day on the Harbour?
Well, how about sailing aboard a 99 year old tall ship? Now that's a magic experience that will put the wind in your sails. The Southern Swan is Sydney's only authentic timber tall ship operating on Sydney Harbour.
Last weekend I had the pleasure of joining the ship for the 2.5hr Laser-Clay Shooting with Mast Climb BBQ Lunch Cruise.
It was a fabulous experience climbing the 15m high mast to overlook the ship and spectacular surrounding Harbour views. Harnessed to ladder which has you swaying with the waves and narrows to a few centimeters at the top where you mount a small look out. And you know how they say "don't look down", when you're up high, well there's no way out of this on this journey. Stepping down back onto the ladder is an experience that gets your heart pumping. The mast climb is a must, it can only be described as 'exhilarating' or simply wow.
For the second event of the day, you need a steady arm and the ability to concentrate for short periods. It's not often you get a hold of a shotgun in the city but this ship has just this. You can compete in the clay targets laser shooting competition which is a lot of fun. It is actually easier than it looks and the winners take home a nice little trophy which would make a great memento.
Does anything beat prawns & barbie with beer or bubbly for lunch? I don't think so. Great food to match the experience.
This is a special occasion experience that I thoroughly recommend not only for the views and the fun but for the ambiance, workmanship, timber and historical significance. The crew are friendly and knowledgeable and happily engage in a good yarn imparting the history of the ship with anyone interested.
There are a number of cruises available including twilight and lunch but the ship spends its winter months off the road (so to speak) for maintenance.