As Patron of the Festival of Sails 2016, 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 remains unique in its’ longevity – the longest running sporting event in Victoria.
Cementing itself as the premier keelboat regatta in the Southern Hemisphere, the event is bucking with trends and consistently attracting large fleet numbers.
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 2016 Festival of Sails will not disappoint with numerous 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 2016 Regatta Patron