The Australia Day weekend in Geelong has been a tradition for years with one of the city's biggest events taking place on our magnificent waterfront and bay. The Royal Geelong Yacht Club has the host of what is regarded as one of the country's biggest sailing events since 1844, each year it goes from strength to strength.
Formally known as the Festival of Sail, The Geelong Waterfront Festival, Skandia Geelong Week, and Audi Victoria Week the event is back for 2012 with a new name, The Festival of Sails. This is a fabulous event for sailors, yachting enthusiasts and visitors alike, whether you are on the water or enjoying the fun on shore.
The weekend is the biggest party on Geelong's calendar and always promises to eclipse the previous event with an amazing line up of action on Corio Bay and a huge shoreline program of entertainment and family fun.
Over the past few years this huge event has seen approximately 400 yachts and a thousands in crews, taking part in action on Corio Bay, the sights of the sails is quiet amazing.
One family highlight is the traditional Starshow fireworks spectacular which usually brings tens of thousands to the gardens around our waterfront. Some amazing talent also performs, recent years have seen Johnny Diesel, ex Daddy Cool and Mondo Rock legend Ross Wilson, to Daryl Braithwaite to name a few. The RAAF Roulettes have been a favourite too; they have appeared several times performing some incredible daredevil manoeuvres over Corio Bay. There is always plenty of fun with roving entertainment, great gourmet food and all the things you expect from this first class event.
For members and guests of the RGYC the party continues to the wee hours celebrating on the clubhouse lawns with plenty of live entertainment and cheer. It really is the place to be over the Australia Day Weekend, soaking up the sun and enjoying the fun in Geelong.