Sydney Harbour venue guide

RYA guru Jim Saltonstall tells you all you need to know about this great natural harbour
Map showing the layout of the courses for the Sydney Olympics Plan your arrival carefully. From the UK allow a clear four days before you race to get over the jet lag and if you can, get there slightly earlier if your budget allows. Since my first visit with Captain Cook (who was also a Yorkshire lad, often carried out horizontally from the Royal Yorkshire YC!) Sydney has changed a great deal. Today it is a multi-cultural city offering everything to the visitor under the sun. During the Olympic Games we had the good fortune of being accommodated in the Medina complex (tel: +61 93619010), within walking distance of the marina at Rushcutters Bay. Accommodation in the area is plentiful and it is amazing how many people the city can absorb during the big events. A use web page on which to find relevant information is Things to do outside of yachting when you have any spare time are numerous. You are actually spoiled for choice, varying from some of the following which we found very interesting during our stay. If you're interested in the making of the movies, Fox Studios at Backlot are worth a visit. So is the IMAX cinema in Darling Harbour, which claims to have one of the biggest cinema screens in the world. Then there is the Bridge Climb, up the top arch of the Pyrmont Bridge. This is costly but the views are worth it. Do not pick a rainy day and book early so as not to be disappointed. The Opera House Tour is a must - you cannot leave Sydney without going inside. Dinner up the Tower is another must, but again book early. For the arty among you the gallery of New South Wales is well worth the visit as is the Maritime