Festival Of Sails

Attracting unique entries

Two unique yachts are among the early entrants for the 2016 Festival of Sails hosted by the Royal Geelong Yacht Club.

Chris Barlow will showcase his brand new Bordeaux 60 ‘Platinum’ in the Cruising with Spinnaker division at next year’s event. Chris, who hails from Sandringham Yacht Club, says the Bordeaux 60 is the first model of the CNB Yachts range and is one of only two in Australia. The luxury 60-footer will certainly be a standout in what’s hoped to be a huge fleet in the cruising division. Chris says he’s really looking forward to a great regatta in Geelong and can’t wait to sail ‘Platinum’ on Corio Bay.

Another standout in the cruising division will be a Sweden 34 called ‘Friday Harbour’ owned by Kon Cili. Kon believes ‘Friday Harbour’ could be the only one of its kind in Australia. There were 400 Sweden 34s built over 11 years, from 1986 to the mid-1990’s, with most going to European and American owners.

The cruising division regularly attracts the largest fleet of the regatta and caters for a spectrum of boats in terms of size, age and affordability. The 2016 Festival of Sails program presented by Geelong’s Rex Gorell Land Rover will include five days of spectacular racing. There are some great prizes to be won so make sure you get your entry in by November 30 to be in the running.