As Victoria’s longest running sporting event, the Festival of Sails has helped build the State’s reputation as Australia’s sporting capital since it was first held in 1844. Each year, over 100,000 visitors flock to Geelong to experience the first-class racing and onshore activities that make the Festival of Sails so special.
The 2015 sail program will feature over 400 yachts and 4,500 competitors. With Geelong also hosting the 2015 International 14 World Championships in January, the 2015 Festival of Sails is sure to be bigger than ever before.
Off the water, Geelong’s picturesque waterfront will come alive with market stalls, live music, street performers, local food and wine, children’s rides, boat trade shows and firework displays.
The Victorian Government is committed to supporting regional events such as the Festival of Sails, which are instrumental in promoting Victoria’s fantastic regional areas. Other regional events on Victoria’s renowned sporting calendar include the Rip Curl Pro, the Stawell Gift, and the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island. These events stimulate regional economies by attracting thousands of interstate and international visitors to our State.
I encourage all of our international and interstate guests to take a trip along the spectacular Great Ocean Road to view the famous Twelve Apostles, experience the natural beauty of the Great Otway National Park’s ancient rainforests, or sample the fine food and wine of the Bellarine Peninsula.
I commend the Royal Geelong Yacht Club, the City of Greater Geelong and the Victorian sailing community for their efforts to continue to deliver this fantastic event each year.
On behalf of the Victorian Government, I wish all competitors the best of luck for the 2015 Festival of Sails, and trust that all attendees will have an enjoyable Australia Day weekend in Geelong.
The Hon Dr Denis Napthine MP