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Festival of Sails Geelong 2015

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It is almost Australia Day weekend. Geelong will be providing lots of free activities across the region. Coinciding with the Australia Day Weekend is the Festival of Sails.
Corio Bay, Festival of Sails
Corio Bay, Festival of Sails

The Festival of Sails attracts about 300 yachts and over 4,000 competitors to Geelong and Melbourne during the Australia Day weekend.

There are over 15 different race series during the weekend, with high performance Grand Prix races on offer, and also trailable cruisers.

The Festival of Sails is being hosted by The Royal Geelong Yacht Club. The Festival of Sails is also proudly supported by the City of Greater Geelong.
Yachts on Corio Bay
Yachts on Corio Bay

What's On in Geelong this Australia Day Weekend?

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
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.
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Why? sailing, australia day activiities, regatta, food and wine
Phone: Jav - 0413 704 409, Mark - 0414 470 066
Where: Steampacket Gardens, Geelong Waterfront
Cost: entry fees for the regatta, see website for details
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