Sydney's first European colonists clung to the coastline and looked to the harbour and the sea for survival. Early recreational sailing was a product of the city's function as a seaport town. Sailing has since adapted to reflect and contribute Sydney's changing culture and customs. Recreational sailing includes a broad spectrum of activities, from sailing small dinghies in sheltered waters to long distance ocean races and cruises sailed out of and in to Sydney Harbour. This essay traces the broad and overlapping developments of Sydney's recreational sailing cultures.
Sailing; Yachting; Boating; Sydney Harbour; Botany Bay