The 2016 Festival of Sails racing program starts on Friday January 22 on Corio Bay’s main arena when the sports boats and VX One class commence their respective series. For the VX’s it’s an Australian Championship year thanks to the Bausele watch company, so too for the Morris Finance Sydney 38 fleet from Victoria and South Australia contesting their three day national title.
Sunday and Monday all crews complete either windward/leeward short course races or passage races, depending which of the 12 divisions on offer the owner opted for. At full stretch all five course areas spanning Corio Bay’s inner and outer harbours will be operating simultaneously under RGYC sailing staff, Denis Thompson and a large team of race officials and volunteers.
Most divisions complete their pointscore on Monday which means the hard work is over and those crews can enjoy more of the tasty fare on offer, and the brilliant shoreside fireworks that evening to mark Australia Day, on Tuesday January 26.
The Rex Gorell Rating Series, Optimum Time Super 11 series and Yacht Safe Performance Racing series play out on Australia Day along with a jam-packed national holiday program along Geelong’s waterfront for sailors, residents and holidaymakers, thanks to Geelong Connected Communities.