‘s spectacular harbor is often referred to as “the most beautiful natural harbor in the world.” It encompasses approximately 54 square kilometers of water, and has a shoreline of 240 kilometers, giving yachting enthusiasts a large area of exploration and enjoyment. On sunny days, the deep blue water of the harbor is a picture postcard filled with sailboats, cruise ships and ferries. The Sydney Harbour Bridge, completed in 1932 and known locally as the “Coat Hanger,” is the city’s most famous landmark. The best way to see the harbor, however, is to be on it, thus making Sydney a very desirable yachting destination. There are dozens of charters and yacht clubs in the city, with a full calendar of regattas, fishing tournaments and other activities. Private cruise operators also run daily excursions, and these can range from a short trip to an extravagant cabaret/dinner cruise. Another way to understand the size and beauty of Sydney Harbour is to walk across the Harbour Bridge to the top of the Pylon Tower, which affords a magnificent view of the harbor and city skyline. Nestled at the foot of the Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of the oldest and most visited parts of Sydney – called “The Rocks.” This very well preserved historical colonial district is filled with vibrant shops, stalls, cafes and restaurants. The city of Sydney enjoys a temperate climate with a mild winter, and averages more than 340 days of sunshine per year, making it an ideal yachting destination all year long.