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 Festival of Sails

  The Festival of Sails is the largest annual keel boat regatta in the Southern Hemisphere with over 400 yachts and 4300 competitors annually taking part in the event.  
First held in 1844, the Festival of Sails Regatta is one of the nation’s oldest sporting events, and has evolved over many years culminating in its’ current format as Australia’s foremost keelboat regatta.

The Festival of Sails promises something for all, thrilling sailing action, exciting on water activities for all to try, and a great way to spend quality time with your family.

Festival of Sails - Geelong Week

Contact details
Address : 25 Eastern Beach
City : Geelong
State : VIC
Postcode : 3220
Country : Australia
Phone : +61 3 5229 1418
Fax : +61 3 5223 2768

Skandia Geelong Week 2008 Notice of Race


2014 Festival of Sails - Fiftieth entry announced By Lisa Ratcliff, 3:44 AM Wed 27 Nov 2013
2014 Festival of Sails - Royal Geelong Yacht Club Commodore Ian Murray is pleased to announce that Michael Culhane’s Northshore 38, Weekend Option, is the 50th entry. Culhane’s prize is having a story written about him, and he enjoyed the opportunity to talk about what brings he and his 38-footer from the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron back year after year... [more]

Andrea Francolini's unique photos of Festival of Sails 2013 By Andrea Francolini, , 3:14 PM Wed 30 Jan 2013
Festival of Sails 2013 - Photographer Andrea Francolini provides his personal view of the event when searching for something ‘different.’... Geelong, Australia [more]

Festival of Sails - IRC Championship - Shogun empire By Tom Smeaton, , 8:23 PM Mon 28 Jan 2013
Festival of Sails 2013. Geelong put on great weather for the championships with ten to twenty knots of wind and flat seas. The series which was taken out by Shogun on a count back from Hooligan. Black Jack got line honors for every race but narrowly missed out on handicap.... Geelong [more]

Festival of Sails 2013 - Teri Dodds Images By Teri Dodds, , 6:01 PM Mon 28 Jan 2013
The Festival of Sails has come to a close for 2013, with many highlights from a very busy five days of sailing and shoreside entertainment. Teri Dodds shares a few images from this great regatta, which was held on the waters in and out of Corio Bay, in Geelong, Australia.... Geelong, Australia [more]

Audi IRC Australian Championship (Festival of Sails) – The Business By John Curnow, 10:47 AM Mon 28 Jan 2013
The business of determining winners and conducting race management is complete at the Audi IRC Australian Championships. Part of Victoria’s Festival of Sails at Geelong, the whole regatta has been blessed with good winds, sunshine, festivities and laughter, much to the delight of event management.... [more]

Festival of Sails 2013 - Sydney 38 images from Teri Dodds By Teri Dodds, , 8:53 AM Mon 28 Jan 2013
Official photographer for the Festival of Sails 2013, Teri Dodds spent some time on the Sydney 38 course and shares these images with you.... Geelong, Australia [more]

Festival of Sails images by Alex McKinnon By Alex McKinnon, 7:07 AM Mon 28 Jan 2013
Photographer Alex McKinnon was on site at the Festival of Sails in Geelong to capture this gallery of action shots! Enjoy!... [more]

Andrea Francolini's photos of IRC Australian Championships 2013 By Andrea Francolini, , 8:31 PM Sun 27 Jan 2013
Leading Australian photographer Andrea Francolini continues his coverage of the Audi IRC Australian Championships at Geelong. ... Geelong, Australia [more]

Festival of Sails - Audi IRC Nationals - Cliff hanger finale By Lisa Ratcliff, , 7:16 PM Sun 27 Jan 2013
The Audi IRC Australian Class A Champion for 2013 has been decided with local entry, Rob Hanna’s Shogun V hitting the jackpot in a cliff hanger countback finish to the nine-race series.... Geelong, Australia [more]

Festival of Sails 2013 - International A-Class - Breakthrough win By Danielle McKay, , 6:27 PM Sun 27 Jan 2013
Festival of Sails 2013. With a borrowed boat and a demon of an alias, International A-Class young-gun David Parker claimed his first ever major regatta win.... Geelong, Australia [more]

Festival of Sails – Business End By John Curnow, 4:53 PM Sun 27 Jan 2013
It’s Sunday at the Festival of Sails and that means it is time for the business of determining the 2013 Audi IRC Australian Champions.... [more]

Festival of Sails 2013 - Melges 24 - Crowning of new king By Danielle McKay, , 4:40 PM Sun 27 Jan 2013
Festival of Sails 2013. Northshore Marine claimed victory in the Australian Melges 24 championships by the narrowest of margins, marking the end of an era for the class that’s been dominated by Bandit for the past two years. In 2014 the Melges 24 World Championship will be sailed during the Festival of Sails at this same venue.... Geelong, Australia [more]

Festival of Sails images from Andrea Francolini By Andrea Francolini Photography, 6:30 AM Sun 27 Jan 2013
Photographer Andrea Francolini was on site at the Festival of Sails in Geelong to capture this gallery of images.... [more]

Festival of Sails - Cruising divisions all smiles after day three By Stephanie Hobbs, 3:46 AM Sun 27 Jan 2013
At Festival of Sails, the Club Marine Cruising Series divisions and Coca Cola cruisers took to Corio Bay in fine and sunny conditions yesterday with a cold but moderate south-easterly breeze blowing them around the track in good time. Most donned wet weather gear for the passage race, some even wore beanies to stave off the wind chill.... [more]

Festival of Sails - Action aplenty on day 3 By Danielle McKay, 2:55 AM Sun 27 Jan 2013
Family ties proved too strong for defending Melges 24 champion Bandit, with a husband and wife duo aboard Accru claiming two wins from three races at the Festival of Sails today. Accru skipper Kevin Nixon, his wife Glenda, along with their two children Bonnie and Daniel and niece Grace, have catapulted to pole position on 15 points with just one day’s racing remaining.... [more]

Melges 24 Nationals Day 2 - Bandit's hard earned hat trick By Tracey Walters, , 10:16 PM Sat 26 Jan 2013
Teams congregated on the dock drinking coffee on the morning of day two of the Parks Victoria Melges 24 Australian Championships, racing postponed briefly due to the forecast Southerly front. The front came through Corio Bay from the South as the fleet left the dock at 11.20am and headed over to course A for three scheduled races.... Geelong [more]

Festival of Sails - Local favourite closes gap By Lisa Ratcliff, 10:16 PM Sat 26 Jan 2013
Rob Hanna, skipper of the local favourite Shogun V looked like the smiling assassin when he came ashore this afternoon at the Festival of Sails. Today’s two wins and a third has kept Hanna in second place on the standings after seven races... [more]

Festival of Sails – Weed killer By John Curnow, 8:28 PM Sat 26 Jan 2013
The largest fleet at the Festival of Sails is the combined Cruising category at around 150 vessels. They looked amazing and as the sun made some valiant attempts to make an appearance at lunchtime, it added even more spectacle to the grand event.... [more]

Festival of Sails 2013 - ASBA Sports Boats – No rest for the wicked By Darren Spence, 6:28 PM Sat 26 Jan 2013
Day three of the Sports Boat event at the Festival of Sails was always going to be the make or break day for the fleet. Three windward leeward races back to back and no room for error. There is no more evidence than this series that consistency across the wind range will plant you at the top of the fleet regardless of design, weight and characteristic of your boat.... [more]

Festival of Sails 2013 - Busy Sunday ahead By Lisa Ratcliff, , 5:26 PM Sat 26 Jan 2013
The Festival of Sails will still be buzzing with energy tomorrow, both on and off the water. A full day’s entertainment program will keep locals and families of visiting crews amused with the Chaparral water ski stunt show, Air Force Roulettes who will take to the skies, and music from popular The Voice contestant Fatai, as well as Aussie favourite, Diesel.... Geelong, Australia [more]

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