Yesterday saw very heavy traffic in the Hopetoun Channel as 276 boats of all sizes cut through the waters of Geelong’s inner and outer Corio Bay, all part of the racing action at the 2016 Festival of Sails, presented by Rex Gorell.
Seventeen different divisions and around 2,500 sailors competed on five course areas using every available race management official and Royal Geelong Yacht Club volunteer on what’s traditionally known as ‘Super Sunday’.
Monohulls and multihulls meandered around passage course marks in the afternoon sea breeze, creating a brilliant spectacle in the summer sunshine with multi-coloured spinnakers and heart-stopping maneuvers.
Racing continues for all divisions today, including a stunning twilight race early evening. Two national titles will also be decided today, with the Morris Finance Sydney 38 and the Bausele VX One championships to be concluded later this afternoon.
Today also delivers plenty of excitement at the Shoreside Festival – made possible by Geelong Connected Communities – with beach volleyball tournaments, three flyboarding shows, live performances from Children of the Sun and Taxiride, plenty of food trucks and market stalls as well as Geelong’s spectacular fireworks display on Australia Day Eve.