Waterfront not welcoming to boaters
We often hear that we should support downtown Sydney. However, lack of available parking is an ongoing issue that not only affects motorists but also boaters.
This past Canada Day, four sailboats and one motor boat decorated for Canada Day came over from the Northern Yacht Club in hopes of tying up on the Sydney waterfront for the afternoon. The first place we attempted to stop was at the government wharf where there were several empty docks available. We were quickly met by security who indicated we could not tie up because there was a cruise ship on the other side of the wharf.
We left there and went to the old Royal Cape Breton Yacht Club site and were unable to tie up there either as the docks were still piled up on land. The metal dock supports had been left in the water all winter and some have detached and fallen into the water completely. We left unable to tie up.
Why is the Sydney waterfront so unwelcoming to local and visiting boaters? We often look forward to sailing over to dock and have dinner at one of the local downtown restaurants.
However, whenever a cruise ship is in the rest of the open docks on the other side of the government wharf can’t be used and whoever is responsible for the docks at the old Royal Cape Breton Yacht club site is leaving the docks and the hardware to disrepair rather than putting them in the water to welcome visiting boaters.
Where is the Sydney Downtown Development group or local chamber of commerce? There is lost opportunity here, folks, for boaters to support downtown restaurants and businesses.
Next week, 30-40 sailboats will be visiting once again for Race the Cape. I hope they get a better greeting from the Sydney waterfront than we did. Sandra Macleod Sydney