I had a great Sunday out at the Sydney International Boat Show, 2011. The sun was shining and people were out in droves - flags flying and bands playing melodic tunes whilst shoes were left eagerly on the pontoons and jetties before boarding some of the most anticipated new nautical designs from leading luxury yacht manufacturers.
I got the opportunity to see, touch, and experience the larger boats moored in Cockle Bay at Darling Harbour.
It's a very different exhibition from the Boat Show at Earls Court in London where there is somewhat of a limit to the number of watercraft; mainly as it's set inside and under cover.
Sydney's Boat Show brings together the largest collection of boats, yachts, and super yachts in the Southern hemisphere. There isn't a boat too humble from the kayaks and tinnies, to canoes, skiboats, bow riders, family sailing boats, catamarans, houseboats right throught to palatial cruisers, big and small there's a vessel to suit your budget and your inclination.
There's not a better place to herald the idea of messing about on the water that Sydney Harbour and many a dreamer this weekend will have started a new love affair.
Here's the opportunity for you to set your sights on new horizons..