The Festival of Sails is the largest annual keel boat regatta in the Southern Hemisphere with over 350 yacht entries and 4,500 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.
Running alongside the sailing action, the free community Waterfront Festival features numerous acts across three stages and a multitude of stallholders to provide you with fine food and wine; live music, entertainment and roving performers; art and craft market stalls; novelty stalls; a marine trade and boating lifestyle exhibition; an on-water ‘Come & Try Zone’ and a dedicated family friendly kids’ zone all along the stunning Geelong Waterfront and in the Royal Geelong Yacht Club.
Australia Day (Sunday 26th January) will see the skies light up with the Fireworks Spectacular. Ensure you arrive early to set-up blankets and picnics along Eastern Beach’s best vantage points so you don’t miss out on this spectacle.
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 over the Australia Day Long Weekend.