Regatta in Geelong
Whilst the name may have changed many times in the 168 years of continual running, the Royal Geelong Yacht Club’s Annual Australia Day Regatta has passed with triump in 2012. In 1997, after the successful merger of the Geelong Waterfront Festival and the Royal Geelong Yacht Club’s historic Australia Day Regatta, a new Victorian Major Event was born, the Festival of Sail.
About The EventIn more recent years thanks to generous corporate support, the event has undergone a number of significant name changes, from Skandia Geelong Week and more recently to Audi Victoria Week. However, the essence of the event has remained true, as the largest annual yachting regatta in the Southern Hemisphere (first held in 1844) and Geelong’s Waterfront Australia Day Festival that consistently entertains over 100,000 visitors.
The event attracts over 400 yachts and 4500 competitors to Melbourne and Geelong over the Australia Day holiday period. It is a fabulous event for sailors, yachting enthusiasts and festival goers alike. First held in 1844, the Regatta is one of the nation's oldest sporting events, and has evolved over many years culminating in it's current postion as the foremost competitive keelboat regatta in Australia.
For those not competedThere was plenty of shoreside excitement took place with over 100,000 people flocking to the stunning Geelong Waterfront over the Australia Day holiday period to be part of the excitement. Took a stroll through the Art & Craft market stalls; tasted regional Food & Wine; entertained by a diverse range of musical acts across three stages; visited the Kids Zone or tried a new summer beach activity at the new Eastern Beach Come & Try Zone. The Festival of Sails is something for everyone; thrilling sailing action for high performane or criusing sailors, family entertainment,and unique Australia Day weekend experience.
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