NAUTICAL GIFTS FOR MUM

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to celebrate Mum like never before!

We’ve been shopping to find some of the best gift ideas for mum… Of course they all have a little nautical inspiration, but it’s a timeless concept, so why not indulge in a little nautical love!!

We’ve selected our top picks and ideas to make mum’s day!!

1. Personalised Nautical Wine Glasses – We all know how hard mum works, so at the end of the day that glass of wine seems well-deserved. With these personalised Nautical Wine Glasses, mum can sip her favourite chilled wine in a coastal-inspired engraved wine glass. Personalise a set of 4 glasses with some engraving and mum will feel like she is sailing an endless ocean next time she sits down to indulge in her favourite wine. Don’t forget to include her favourite bottle for that added special touch!

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Pour mum a glass of wine in these quality personalised wine glasses. Image –  http://www.thenewenglandtradingcompany.com

 

2. Sea of Love Message in a Bottle – Remembering it’s the thought that counts shower mum in a sea of loving words! Send your personal special message in a bottle to create something unique and sentimental for mum. This unique gift is truly from the heart and your personal message can be printed, rolled into a scroll and placed inside a bottle of sand. It will truly emulate a feeling of a “bottle washed ashore” and will be a gift mum will cherish for a lifetime.

3. Experience Vivid on Sydney Harbour – For the mum who loves an experience, it’s all about spending quality time with family and friends – a harbour cruise to take in the Sydney sights and the lights of Vivid Sydney could be just the perfect gift idea! Select a night to visit the Vivid Sydney festival, which commences late May and runs to mid June, and enjoy the water together with the beautiful light display. Share an intimate cruising experience with mum aboard a beautiful catamaran and make your night even more special by stopping off for a fancy seafood dinner before boarding the vessel. Discover more about this 5-star experience.

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Take mum out for the evening and experience the Vivid Sydney light display on a boat. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

4. Nautical Fashion – For the mum who loves to be in style, consider a nautical fashion piece for her wardrobe or a beautiful accessory. Whether it be that sassy pair of shoes, a trendy nautical inspired jacket or something a bit more subtle with those timeless navy blue and white strips, mum will sure be on trend when she heads out for the day. Start by browsing the catalogues of some her favourite fashion brands and no doubt you will soon come across a nautical inspired piece. It’s a staple item for those mums that love to be in style!

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Mum will be sure to be on trend with a timeless nautical piece to add to her wardrobe. Image – https://sparkleshinylove.com/cozy-nautical-sweater/

 

5. Summer Accessories – Does your mum love to be outdoors and get in the water? Spruce up her outdoor accessories and sporting equipment with some summer coastal inspiration and stock her up with those things that you know she uses and loves! Compile a beach towel and bag, some sunnies, a paddle or two and why not go big and purchase her that paddle board or kayak that you know she’s been eyeing for some time? It’ll be a great new hobby for her and will keep her fit, healthy and happy – who knows she may even let you borrow her new toy sometime!

We’re hoping that some of these gift ideas float your boat and are suitable for your special mum! Feel free to add your nautical gift ideas to the comments below, as we would love to hear them.

Wishing all mums a very HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! 

A RE-ENERGISED LOVE

by melissa balzan

I arrived after a long separation – 9 months since we last met, and before that, we had parted for 12 months. My relationship with Sydney seems to be one of love and aversion: when I am here for too long, I wish to leave; and when I am away, I can only dream of my return. Though this time, there seems to be a new energy in the city of Sydney – within which I wish to indulge.

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One of Sydney’s many landmarks – the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Luna Park – captured against the beautiful blue skies. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

Sydney is known around the world for its beauty: its landmark Harbour Bridge and Opera House, its warm golden beaches, and its friendly and down-to-earth Aussies. But after I return from living and working overseas for a while, I appreciate so much more: the skies here are so blue, the air is so clean, and the city re-development works underway are set to rival some of the best in the world.

What has struck me particularly this time, is the public space that has been claimed back by the people and is free for Sydney siders and visitors to enjoy. Barangaroo Reserve is a shining example of this – set by the beautiful harbour with spectacular urban skyline views, and with native gardens, cycle tracks and walk (or stroll) ways – this place is perfect for an afternoon picnic; and on my visit I was also lucky enough to experience some excellent open-air sculptural installations. Other new sites in the heart of the city offer similar public experiences: Central Park Precinct at Ultimo and the Goods Line that connects Ultimo and Darling Harbour, for example.

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The open-air sculptural installations at Barangaroo Reserve. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

Amongst these new iconic points, I also wonder among contemporary architectural gems by world-renowned superstars: One Central Park at Ultimo designed by Jean Nouvel with PTW Architects; and the Dr Chau Chak Wing building at University of Technology by Frank Gehry. And set to come is the reimagined International Convention Centre at Darling Harbour by joint venture Hassell + Populous, and also DUO at Central Park by Foster and Partners.

For the outdoor enthusiast, the design talent, the big city buzzer – Sydney truly offers it all.

In my time overseas, I have been asked of my home city hundreds of times. When I proudly respond with the name Sydney, the reaction is often, “Ahh .. a dream city.” And indeed, Sydney is a dream city, my dream city. I encourage everyone to just lose themselves in its beauty at least once in their life.

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A mix of Sydney-siders and visitors enjoying Sydney’s beauty. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

When I return next, as I fly in over the stunning Sydney Harbour, I will be looking forward to my further re-discovery of the city – perhaps this time on the water.

A cruise with Sea Sydney Harbour, definitely opens up the scope for photo opportunities and provides uninterrupted views of the beautiful harbour and cityscape. Whether it be for a celebration or simply just to take in the city’s beauty, contact the team directly to make an enquiry. I certainly will be upon my next visit.

Visit Sea Sydney Harbour for further information and find them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – #seasydneyharbour #onaboat #sydney #sydneyharbour #harbour #harbourcruise #cruise #lovesydney #dream #dreamcity #city #landmarks #discover #travel #adventure

THE ULTIMATE HEN’S PARTY EXPERIENCE

Bridesmaids, stop the searching, because we have the perfect answer for your ultimate Hen’s party experience… Imagine you and the girls hosting your get together in the very heart of Sydney Harbour, drinking, laughing and creating memories #onaboat.

Whether you are after a day or night event, you and your guests can exclusively hire a beautiful spacious catamaran to host your very own private party and let the fun begin!! Enjoy quality time with the besties and experience uninterrupted views of one of the world’s most beautiful harbours.

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Quality time with the girls on Sydney Harbour. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

Where the Fun Unravels 

The vessel is a beautiful catamaran that is available for hire in Sydney Harbour. The 10.5 metre Seawind Resort 1050 is an Australian designed and built sailing catamaran. Perfect for private hen’s parties, the vessel can accommodate for up to 30 people. Make use of the large internal cabin for formalities and party games and enjoy the easy access to the front bow area that will keep your party flowing.

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The bow area aboard the vessel provides plenty of space for your party guests to mingle. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

Sea Sydney Harbour’s Hen’s Party package is sure to be an experience that will create memories for a lifetime!

What’s included?

  • 3 hours exclusive vessel hire
  • An experienced skipper and deck hand/host
  • Fuel costs
  • Wharf and travel fees for one pick-up and drop-off point
  • iPod dock with internal and external speakers (choice of your own tunes)
  • Catering services
  • A bottle of champagne
  • Two large eskys with ice
  • Onboard toilet
  • Swim ladder
  • Onboard safety equipment

 

Catering

There is an array of catering options to select from when hiring the boat, or you can opt to self cater. Our ‘Waves of Platters’ menu is our recommended option for Hen’s parties and this includes cheese, antipasto, wrap and fruit platters to graze on throughout the party. All drinks remain BYO, however included in our Hen’s package is a bottle of champagne to toast the bride to be – or perhaps better utilised to reward the bridesmaids for all their hard work!?!

A selection of food from our ‘Waves of Platters’ menu. Images – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

Entertainment for the Ladies

If you’re looking to add some cheeky entertainment to the celebrations, Sea Sydney Harbour can organise waiters to serve and entertain you on the day. All our waiters are friendly, dare we say sexy, come with a smile, and the bridal party won’t have to lift a finger.

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One of our cheeky waiters having a laugh with party guests. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

Alternatively why not set sail to the beautiful cityscape with one of the most sought after Sydney Drag Queens hosting your party – the one and only Prada Clutch! A multi-talented singer, performer, hostess, drag queen, showgirl & all-round entertainer she will have you in stitches from the minute you board the vessel and will be sure to make your Hen’s party unforgettable!

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The fabulous Prada Clutch entertaining party guests and embracing the nautical theme. Image – Sydney Drag Queen

 

Let the Fun Begin!

Let Sea Sydney Harbour host the ultimate Hen’s party for your bestie!! We could not think of anything better than enjoying time with the girls, drinking, laughing and creating memories in the heart of one of the most beautiful harbours in the world.

Visit http://www.seasydneyharbour.com.au/hens-parties.html for further information or contact us directly to make an enquiry or book your private charter!

Check out Sea Sydney Harbour and find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – #seasydneyharbour #onaboat #thekirralee #hens #hensparty #hensnight #bridetobe #bridesmaids #girls #girlsnightout #girlsjustwanttohavefun

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5 MINUTES WITH CAPTAIN FRANK

Our favourite skipper Frank took some time out of his busy schedule to share his vision and thoughts on life on Sydney Harbour. Here’s what we discovered in 5 minutes (ok, it may have went a little over time):

What do you love most about being a skipper on Sydney Harbour? 

Being able to do something that you love everyday can be hard to find in life. I just love what I do and the fact that I get to do it on one of the most beautiful harbours in the world and share it with others is amazing!

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Nautical is never far away with Captain Frank. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

What is your most memorable experience on Sydney Harbour? 

Hmmmmm… My most memorable experience would have to be… (long pause) New Years Eve. Spending New Years Eve out on Sydney Harbour every year amongst all the parties and celebrations. I couldn’t ask for a better view!

Have you always wanted to work in the boating industry? How did your passion and love for boats come about? 

My passion for boats and the water started from a really young age, when I was out on my uncle’s boat up around Coffs Harbour. I developed a love for the water and I decided then and there I wanted to make a career out of it! I saved up and bought my first boat at the age of 12.

Talking about making a career out of your passion, you’re not just a skipper on the Harbour, but you actually own and drive your own charter boat. When did you establish this business and are there big plans for the near future? 

Yes, this is correct. The business (Sea Sydney Harbour) was established in early 2015 when we purchased The Kirralee, our 10.5 metre catamaran. It is going well and so far we are really enjoying it and have already started to expand. I hope together with my wife we can build a strong and solid company. We have some exciting adventures lined up for 2016.

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The amazing catamaran – The Kirralee. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

The Kirralee is the name of your charter boat. If you could describe her in a single word what would it be? 

Amazing.

What can we expect from an experience aboard The Kirralee? 

The opportunity to cruise Sydney Harbour like never before and create memories! If you charter The Kirralee you get exclusive hire for you and your guests and you really explore, or shall I say “Sea Sydney Harbour” (pun intended). Any customer that comes on board receives service with a smile, punctuality, a crew that is willing to go above and beyond and of course use of our spacious, clean boat. Customers are exposed to great views and picture opportunities, while spending qt (quality time) with friends and family. It’s an intimate cruising experience!

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Our friendly crew member Pete, cooking the BBQ for guests aboard a private charter. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

Tell me how I go about booking your beautiful catamaran? 

You can simply call me direct on +61 452 188 739 or send us an email at info@seasydneyharbour.com.au. Our Customer Service team is great and will generally get back to you within 24 hours. You can also jump on our website or our Facebook page to browse through information on the service we provide and see pictures of the fun had aboard The Kirralee. There is lots of it and we definitely hope to see you on board!!

 

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Sea Sydney Harbour operates 7 days a week and are happy to accommodate to customer requests for charter dates, times and pick up and drop off locations in Sydney Harbour. To make an enquiry or book your exclusive charter email the team at info@seasydneyharbour.com.au.

Create lasting memories and experience the joy of Sydney Harbour. Visit www.seasydneyharbour.com.au for further information.

Once aboard share your experience on Instagram – #seasydneyharbour #onaboat #thekirralee

LOOKING FOR A ROMANTIC IDEA WITH A DIFFERENCE?

Searching for that perfect date for Valentine’s Day? Enjoy uninterrupted views of one of the world’s most beautiful harbours aboard The Kirralee, while you and your loved one cruise on your own exclusive catamaran. The perfect secluded location!!

The secluded location aboard The Kirralee. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

Where The Romance Happens

The Kirralee is a beautiful, spacious catamaran that is available for hire in Sydney Harbour. The 10.5 metre Seawind Resort 1050 is an Australian designed and built sailing catamaran. There is a large internal cabin and cockpit area with easy access to the front bow area – the perfect spot for some private couple time and to share some love and romantic words.

The bow area aboard The Kirralee. Image - Sea Sydney Harbour
The bow area aboard The Kirralee. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

Sea Sydney Harbour’s ‘Harbour Romance‘ package is sure to be an experience remembered for years to come.

What’s included?

  • 5 hours exclusive hire of The Kirralee
  • An experienced skipper
  • Fuel costs
  • Wharf and travel fees for one pick-up and drop-off point
  • iPod dock with internal and external speakers
  • Catering services
  • Two large eskys with ice
  • Onboard toilet
  • Swim ladder
  • Onboard safety equipment

 

Catering Services

The ‘Harbour Romance‘ package has two different catering options. Simply make your selection between a seafood platter or a packed picnic, and the rest will be organised for you. A bottle of champagne or wine is also included.

Have a favourite that isn’t on the menu? The team pride themselves on making the experience unique and special to each couple, so if you would like something that has meaning to your special someone, make your request known to the team and they will do their best to accommodate!

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Seafood platter for two. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

Let’s Sweep Them Off Their Feet! 

Let Sea Sydney Harbour help organise your special romantic date aboard a private catamaran. The ‘Harbour Romance‘ package is perfect for:

  • Valentine’s Day
  • Proposals
  • Anniversaries
  • Romantic dates

 

Enjoy uninterrupted views on one of the world’s most beautiful harbours and cruise with Sea Sydney Harbour. Visit http://www.seasydneyharbour.com.au/harbour-romance.html for further information or contact us directly to make an enquiry or book your private harbour cruise!

Check out Sea Sydney Harbour and find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – #seasydneyharbour #onaboat #thekirralee #romance #romanticideas

 

SHARE THE LOVE BY SHARING THE FOOD: EASY FINGER FOOD FOR ON A BOAT

When it comes to entertaining on a boat you may think your food options are limited, however let me assure you that your choices are many.

Sharing your food is another way to share the love – I mean they often say a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach – so why not opt for platters and finger food to satisfy hunger and love in one go.

We’ve trialed some simple savoury recipes and tested them for preparation time and hunger satisfaction. Here are 2 of our favourites – easy finger food options on a boat!

 

MINI QUICHE LORRAINE

Great finger food that can be served hot or cold. Create your own flavour by mixing up the toppings you use – ideas include ham and cheese (as below), spinach and feta or sun-dried tomato and olive.

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Great finger food that can be served hot or cold. Image http://www.stuckonyou.com.au

Makes: 32         Prep: 15 mins          Cooking Time: 20 mins

  • 4 eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 slices ham, diced
  • 1 ½ cups cheese, grated
  • 4 sheets short crust pastry
  • 2 tsps. dried parsley
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius
  2. Cut each pastry sheet into 8 rounds using a scone cutter.
  3. Lightly spray the patty tin. Place pastry in patty tin.
  4. Place cheese, chopped onion and ham in the pastry shell.
  5. Beat egg and milk. Add salt, pepper and parsley.
  6. Pour mixture over the pastry shells and topping.
  7. Sprinkle with extra cheese
  8. Place tray in oven and cook for 15-20 minutes or until the filling is set.

Recipe by Mum

 

CHICKEN & MINT SALAD ROLLS

The perfect summer option that is wonderfully light and refreshing to eat. Add lots of mint for a zingy taste or mix up your fillings to suit your taste buds!

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The perfect summer option that is wonderfully light and refreshing to eat. Image www.taste.com.au. Photography by Aaron McLean

Makes: 30         Prep: 30 mins          

  • 100g rice vermicelli noodles
  • 1 iceberg lettuce, finely shredded
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and coarsely grated
  • ½ tsp. sugar
  • 1 cup torn mint leaves
  • 3 tbsp. chopped coriander leaves
  • 2 chicken breasts, cooked and finely shredded
  • 30 small rounds rice paper
  1. Place noodles in a bowl, pour over boiling water and soak for 10 minutes. Drain and cut in several places.
  2. Place lettuce and carrots in a mixing bowl with sugar and chopped herbs. Mix through noodles and chicken.
  3. Dunk sheets of rice paper into warm water to fully immerse then transfer to a bench covered with a clean, damp cloth. Wait for a minute for the paper to soften and become flexible.
  4. Place a small handful of the chicken mixture on the centre of each wrapper. Roll up tightly, tucking in the sides as you go. Cover rolls with a damp paper towel or plastic wrap and chill. Rolls will hold their shape for up to 24 hours.
  5. Serve with peanut chilli dipping sauce.

Recipe by Annabel Langbein (www.taste.com.au)