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Sydney International Boat Show 2017

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Saturday, July 15, 2017
The popular Sydney International Boat Show will be back on the 3rd of August 2017, back to a familiar location of the Sydney International Convention Centre in Darling Harbour which just has been renovated to celebrate its 50th Anniversary exhibition!

The exhibition itself begun in 1968 and has grown into the southern hemisphere’s most recognised consumer event, as well as the show with the highest reported sales and business to business activities.

This year, it incorporates the Australia International Dive Expo as a part of the exhibition for the first time. That means one ticket gains you to access two shows under one roof!

Both exhibitions are full of demonstrations indoors & outdoors. There will be lots of vessels on display, plenty of talks by professionals, photo exhibitions, free trials of watersport equipments, and competitions.

                      

DATES: Thursday 3 to Monday 7 August 2017

PLACE/S: Sydney International Exhibition Centre & Cockle Bay Wharf 

HOURS: Halls from 10:00am to 8:00pm & Marina from 10:00am to 7:00pm

  

Tickets can be purchased online, or at the venue.

For further information please visit its official site.

                    

Sydney City2Surf 2016

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Sunday, July 31, 2016

On its 46th year the world's largest run, the popular Sydney’s City2Surf is only 2 weeks away. This is a charity event that begun in 1971, becoming Sydney’s favourite sporting event, as well as attracting participants from all over the world including elite athletes.

The run is a 14km race that starts from Hyde Park in Sydney’s CBD finishing at our popular Bondi Beach. The race is divided into 8 groups: 1) Elite Wheelchair Athletes, for athletes using racing wheelchairs, no hand cycles permitted, who will complete the course sub 38mins; 2) Seeded group (by invitation only), for runners who aim to gain a place in the top 20 only; 3) Preferred - Males sub 52 minutes and females sub 56 minutes; 4) Red Start - For runners with a race time sub 70 minutes; 5) Green Start - For runners with a race time sub 90 minutes; 6) LAN Airlines Group Blue Start - Is the first open group with no qualifying time required. People wishing to run the length of the course but have no prior race time are encouraged to enter into this group; 7) Westpac Yellow Start - For people who aim to run or jog the course; 8) Back of the Pack (Orange) - For walkers, fun groups, pushers (pushed wheelchairs and strollers).

In 2013 85,000 participants registered for this event, raising over $4.0 million dollars for more than 600 charities.

The oldest person to compete in this event was a male participant aged 99 in 2003. He completed the course in 188 minutes, an example to us all.

The City2Surf race is Australia’s greatest community fitness event, and for a great cause.

This year’s event will take place on Sunday, 14/August/2016, and the goal is to raise $5.0 million dollars in order to help over 800 charities Australia wide.

For further details please refer to the official site.

 

Photo by Dean Sewell

Sydney Running Festival 2015

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Monday, August 31, 2015
Sydney prepares itself for one of the mayor charity events of the year, the Sydney Running Festival which takes place on the 16th of september. It is an event where the community unites to support a great cause such as the fight against Cancer, Autism & Alzheimer amongst others. 
This Festival is made up of four events, the Marathon (42.195 km), the Half Marathon (21.0975 km), the Bridge Run (Harbour Bridge) (approximately 9 km) and the Family Fun Run (approximately 4 km). Once again the number of participants registering is showing the great interest given by the community towards this event, and it promises to be a great success.
 
For further information, please visit the official website.

Sydney International Boat Show 2015

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The popular Sydney International Boat Show begun in 1968, and has since grown to become the southern hemisphere’s most recognised consumer event, as well as the show where exhibitors report the highest product sales and business-to-business activity.

In 1989 The Sydney Boat Show made Darling Harbour its home, and it has the largest visitor numbers of any boat show in Australia. This is the 48th exhibition of the Sydney International Boat Show.

While the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre undergoes a major upgrade, the Sydney International Boat Show will hold its undercover exhibitions in the interim facility specially built for the show at the historic working port known as Glebe Island.

The Cockle Bay Marina, always a show highlight will remain on its traditional site in Darling Harbour.

Dates: 30-July to 3-August 2015

Hours: Halls & Marina from 10:00am to 8:00pm

Tickets can be purchased online, or at the venue.

 

For further information please visit its official site.

 

~ Images from recent years. ~

       

AFC Asian Cup 2015 Australian Championship!

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Friday, January 09, 2015

Today is the opening day & match of the AFC Cup in Melbourne.

This is the 16th competition of the AFC Cup, with 16 countries participating.

The hosting cities are Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Newcastle & Brisbane, with the opening ceremony and match being held at the Rectangular Stadium.   

The final will be held at Australia Stadium Sydney, which was the main stadium for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

Australia is in group A together with South Korea, Kuwait & Oman. The opening match will be between Australia & Kuwait at the Rectangular Stadium today 9th of January, kicking off at 20:00 hrs.

Group A - Australia, Korea Republic, Oman, Kuwait
Group B - Uzbekistan, Saudi Arabia, China, Korea DPR
Group C - Iran, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain
Group D – Japan, Jordan, Iraq, Palestine.
For further information please on the following link: http://www.afcasiancup.com/  

Australian summer of tennis 2015!

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Tuesday, January 06, 2015

The Australian summer of tennis has begun leading to the first Grand Slam of 2015, beginning with the Brisbane International & the Hopman Cup in Perth.
The Apia International in Sydney will take place from the 11th to the 17th of January.
The Kooyong Classic will take place from the 13th to the 16th of January.
The Australian Open will be held in Melbourne from the 19th of January to the 1st of February
Brisbane International results as at 6th of January 2015:

(7) A. Dolgopolov v C. Berlocq 6-2, 6-3 
R. Williams v J.Millman 6-3, 6-1 
M. Klizan v J.Melzer 6-7, 7-6, 6-1 
M. Matosevic v S. Johnson 6-2, 6-7, 5-7 
D. Kudla v J. Nieminen 6-4, 1-6, 4-6 
(5) K. Anderson v L.Kubot 6-7, 4-6

M. Copil v M. Kukushkin 4-6, 6-4, 4-6 
B. Tomic v S.Querrey 7-5, 7-6 
J. Chardy v A. Golubey 6-4, 6-4 
(8) J Benneteau v T. Kokkinakis 6-2, 6-2 
(6) G. Simon v J. Duckworth 2-6, 2-6 

Hopman Cup results as at 6th of January 2015:
Sunday 4 January
Day: Czech Republic d Canada d 2-1
Lucie Safarova (CZE) d Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) 6-0, 6-4
Vasek Pospisil (CAN) d Adam Pavlasek (CZE) 7-6(5), 6-2
Lucie Safarova /Adam Pavlasek (CZE) d Eugenie Bouchard / Vasek Pospisil (CAN) 6-4, 6-2
Night: Poland d Australia 3-0
Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d Casey Dellacqua (AUS) 6-2, 6-3

 
Monday 5 January
Day: USA d Italy 3-0
Serena Williams (USA) d Flavia Pennetta (ITA) 0-6, 6-3, 6-0
John Isner (USA) d Fabio Fognini (ITA) 7-5, 5-7, 7-6(4)
Serena Williams / John Isner (USA) d Flavia Pennetta / Fabio Fognini (ITA) 6-2, 2-6 ,11-9
Night: Great Britain d France 2-1
Andy Murray (GBR) d Benoit Paire (FRA) 6-2, 7-5
Alize Cornet (FRA) d Heather Watson (GBR) 6-2, 6-2
Andy Murray/Heather Watson (GBR) d Alize Cornet/Benoit Paire (FRA) 6-4, 2-6, 10-8

 
Tuesday 6 January
Day: Czech Republic d Italy 2-0
Lucie Safarova (CZE) d Flavia Pennetta 7-5, 6-3
Adam Pavlasek (CZE) d Fabio Fognini 3-6, 7-5, 6-1

 

Sydney 500 V8 Supercars is coming back to town!

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Once again, Sydney Olympic Park is going to be packed with action for 3 days with the Sydney NRMA 500 V8 Supercars street race.There will be four manufacturers fighting for the title of the most contested championship finale of the modern era. This event will take place from the 5th to the 7th of December 2014.
For any further details, please visit the official site.

Melbourne Cup 2014!

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Monday, October 20, 2014

Melbourne Cup fever is here again. This is one of the most anticipated events in the country, and one of the best regarded thoroughbred races in the world, stopping a whole nation to watch its main race (Group 1), which takes place at 3pm on the first Tuesday of November every year. This year it will be held on the 4th of November.

This event started in 1861 becoming one of the most significant events in the Australian social and sporting culture. Everybody wants to participate in one way or another, whether it is at work, the pub, the race course, everywhere, it is a national event with betting taking place throughout the whole country. Today with its prize money & trophies, it makes it one of the richest horse races in the world.

Socialites, politicians and Australia's rich and famous attend the Cup. This is a carnival where people love to show off their fashion, from the elegant to the ridiculous, all in good spirit.

Through time there have been a number of champion horses thrilling the spectators with their achievements, as well as with stories of endurance, controversy, tragedy, scandals and heroism. A good example is Black Caviar, an Australian mare who was named the Wold Champion Sprinter in 2010, 2011 & 2012, with a success record not equalled for over 100 years. She retired on 13th of April 2013 undefeated after winning 25 races.

The Melbourne Cup is all about racing, betting, fashion, bubblies and partying.

For further information, please visit the official website: http://melbournecup.com/  

 

City to Surf Sydney 2013

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Thursday, August 01, 2013

On its 43rd year the world's largest run, the popular Sydney’s City2Surf again is proving to be a success. This is a charity event that begun in 1971, becoming Sydney’s favourite sporting event, as well as attracting participants from all over the world including elite athletes.

The run is a 14km race that starts from Hyde Park in Sydney’s CBD finishing at our popular Bondi Beach. It is divided into three groups, A, B & C, in group A are those that run the 14km in 100 minutes or less, in group B are those trying to improve themselves in order to into group A or run just for the fun of it. Group C is a fun group, where absolutely everyone can join it as they can walk or run, with many wearing fancy dress costumes.

In 2012 86,137 participants registered for this event, raising over $4.0 million for more than 600 charities.

The oldest person to compete in this event was a male participant aged 99 in 2003. He completed the course in 188 minutes, an example to us all.

The City2Surf race is Australia’s greatest community fitness event, and for a great cause.

This year’s event will take place on Sunday, August 11, 2013, and the goal is to raise $5 million in order to help over 700 charities.

Gold charity entries are still available. Please refer to the official site.

The Sun-Herald City to Surf 2011!

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Friday, July 22, 2011

The Sun-Herald City2Surf participants are once again almost ready for one of the toughest fun runs in the country.
Not just one of Sydney's favourite events, but the world biggest run with 80,000 participants registered in 2010, a greater number than the London and New York Marathons combined.Since 1971 this event has attracted a lot of international attention, and many participants worldwide have joined in including elite athletes.

This 14 kilometre race which some will run, walk or just watch, is a charity event presented by Westpac and The Sun-Herald. It takes place on Sunday 14th of August from 7:00am to 2:00pm, and it starts from Hyde Park in Sydney's business district, finishing at spectacular and always popular Bondi Beach.
In 2010 this charity event raised $2.8 million, lets hope this year is even higher.

For further information, please go to the official website.