Sea and land extravaganza

Friday, 13 December 2019

Look no further than the Festival of Sails to celebrate the Australia Day long weekend. Spend quality time soaking up the atmosphere with your family and friends on the Waterfront with three action-packed days running from 25-27 January 2020.

The Festival of Sails, one of the nation's oldest sporting events, is the largest annual keel boat regatta in the Southern Hemisphere with over 300 yacht entries and 3,000 competitors annually taking part in the sea and land extravaganza.

The regatta caters for all levels of sailing, from high performance racing machines to family cruisers.

Running alongside the sailing action, the free community Waterfront festival has a strong focus on family-friendly activities. Featuring numerous acts performing on two stages, there’s also fine food and wine to try, roving performers to watch, plus art and craft market stalls and novelty stalls all along the Waterfront and in the Royal Geelong Yacht Club.

Headline entertainment will see some of The Voice stars including Jack Vidgen rock the Waterfront as well as the Real Dinosaurs stage show to round out a huge youth and family focussed line-up!

For the more adventurous, there are ‘come and try’ activities such as sailing and stand-up paddle boarding.

A fireworks display will light up the bay on Saturday 26 January 2020 at 9:15pm for Australia Day. The Festival of Sails starts on 25 January 2020 with the historic Melbourne to Geelong Passage Race.

World class sailing is also coming

The Royal Geelong Yacht Club is also hosting the 49er, 49erFX, Nacra 17 Oceania Championships (from 30 January to 3 February 2020) and the 49er, 49erFX, Nacra 17 World Championship (from 6 to 15 February 2020).

These are high performance, Olympic sailing classes and provide a great opportunity to see some of the world’s best sailors take to Geelong’s waters with a World Championship on the line.

In an Olympic year, athletes will also be making their final bids for a berth at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Page last updated: Monday, 16 December 2019