As Patron of the Festival of Sails 2014, I would like to extend a warm welcome to all the participants and visitors to the Festival.
In a world of always evolving sporting events, the Festival of Sails in Geelong is remains unique as it celebrates its’ 170th Anniversary – making it the oldest sporting event in Victoria.
This year’s Event also includes of the Melges 24 World Championship, the first time this prestigious World Championship has been held in the Southern Hemisphere and further cements Geelong and the Festival of Sails on the sailing calendar.
And why? Because this world class event delivers the essence of sport….it delivers excellent sailing, year on year, highly competitive, professionally managed and fun. The 2014 Festival of Sails will not disappoint with over 15 different race series catering to the highest performance Grand Prix racers through to trailable cruisers who annually make the trip to Geelong over the Australia Day weekend to soak up the unique atmosphere of the event.
In addition to the sailing, a strong calendar of shore based activities will once again see the Waterfront in Geelong filled with a free Community Festival offering something for all the family to enjoy.
This is a fantastic event, not only for sailing, but for Victoria and Australia.
John Bertrand AM
Festival of Sails 2014 Regatta Patron