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We went to a Sydney Harbour yacht flotilla party, here's what happened

Written by Cameron Nicholls

Some of the best experiences start with the question ‘how is this even legal?’. It’s a question you can’t help asking yourself as you down a six-pack of beers while floating on an inflatable pool toy in the middle of Sydney Harbour, surrounded by a fleet of yachts.

Welcome to the Yacht Social Club. The boozy event packs day drinking, party vibes, local DJs and harbour swimming into one surreal Saturday afternoon.

After boarding a yacht, you’re ferried to a quiet nook of Sydney Harbour near Taronga Zoo, where anchors are dropped and eight yachts converge to form a circle, the Harbour Bridge in clear view. Before long, hundreds of people are jumping and backflipping off yachts into the swimming hole, which is quickly inhabited by a mass of inflatable flamingos, chairs, and even the odd blow-up bed. The DJ boat takes care of the music with laid back electronic beats spinning all day. You can laze around in the water on a pool toy with a drink in hand or head back to your yacht to dance and help whip up a quick BBQ. If you’re in need of some dry land after a few too many ciders, you can paddle over to the nearby private beach and steady your head. With BYO drinks and food, you’ll probably need it.

Sadly, the run of 12 sold-out parties has ended for the summer. But Have You Heard events will kick them off again on Saturday November 5th, with tickets available in early June. You can gather your mates and book a yacht for yourself (working out at around $120 each depending on numbers) or try and nab a place on the DJ boat for around the same price.

Two girls on a flamingo floatie in the middle of a yacht party


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