Watching the races is exciting enough! However there is plenty of action on the shores as well. Geelong is expecting a huge turn up during the weekend, with thousands of people heading to Geelong's Waterfront for other Australia Day activities, as well as The Festival of Sails.
As part of the Festival of Sails, shore side activities will include live musical acts, art and craft market stalls, food and wine, children's entertainment, roving performers. marine and boat lifestyle exhibition and more. There will be an On Water "Come and Try Zone", and family friendly children's zones.
The main arena for the Festival of Sails is the Steampacket Gardens
At Steampacket Gardens there is a main stage, that provides a wide range of acts, from children's entertainment through to rock bands. There is also a selection of food and drink, and art and craft market stalls.
Steampacket Gardens, Geelong
Eastern Beach Come and Try Zone
At the Come and Try Zone, children and adults can try on and off water beach based activities, such as surfing, wind surfing, stand up paddle boarding, beach volleyball, outrigger canoeing and more.
Club Marine Boat Show
At the entrance to the Royal Geelong Yacht Club a Marine Boat Show will be displaying boats and other marine related products.
History of the Festival of Sails
The Festival of Sails started in 1844, and is Victoria's oldest ongoing sporting event. It is also the largest annual keel boat regatta in the Southern Hemisphere.
The Festival of Sails plays a big part in the Victorian and Australian yachting calendar. The Festival of Sails caters to all levels of sailing from high performance racing yachts to family cruisers.
The Festival of Sails has evolved over the years. It is a fun filled event that offers first class racing combined with a Shoreside Festival.