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Last chance to enter the Festival of Sails By Lisa Ratcliff, 3:37 AM Thu 17 Jan 2013
January is known for grabbing a bargain at the traditional post-Christmas sales. In the sporting world the homophone ‘sails’ spurs 100,000 people to the shores of Geelong and 300 plus boats and crews to Corio Bay over the Australia Day long weekend for the annual Festival of Sails. ...[more]


Parks Victoria Melges 24 Australian Championship lead-in to worlds By Tracey Walters, 3:18 AM Thu 17 Jan 2013
Teams from the Australian Melges 24 fleet are busy training and preparing their boats for the sixth Melges 24 Australian Championship, sponsored by Parks Victoria and hosted by Royal Geelong Yacht Club as part of Geelong’s annual Festival of Sails. ...[more]


Festival of Sails to be A1 fun for A-Class sailors By Danielle McKay, 3:09 AM Thu 17 Jan 2013
World sailing speed record setter Simon McKeon has an insatiable need for speed, and he’ll be getting his fix at the Festival of Sails this year. The former Australian of the Year will be competing in the hotly contested Gill A-Class Catamaran Southern Championships that will include five top 50 competitors from the 2012 world titles. ...[more]


IRC National Championship at Festival of Sails – Entries close Friday By John Curnow, , 12:48 AM Thu 17 Jan 2013
A very strong interstate contingent (56%) heads the entries for 2013 Audi IRC National Championships. To be staged on the waters of Corio Bay in Geelong from Thursday, January 24, the three divisions have attracted some of the Australia’s greatest yachts and crews, but there is still time for you to join them, provided you’re quick. ...[more]


Festival of Sails – Teen becomes 300th participant for Geelong regatta By Lisa Ratcliff, Geelong, Australia , 1:24 PM Wed 16 Jan 2013
The entries for the Festival of Sails 2013 continue to get bigger with 15 year-old Royal Geelong Yacht Club member Will Newman becoming the 300th participant for the upcoming keelboat battle in Geelong. ...[more]


Festival of Sails 2013 - Gill to sponsor Geelong racing spectacle By Susan Ghent, Sydney , 8:42 PM Thu 10 Jan 2013
The Festival of Sails, the biggest annual keel boat regatta in the Southern Hemisphere, hammered a deal with sailing gear-maker Gill to stage this year's record-breaking regatta in Geelong. Gill is very proud to become a sponsor of the event this year as the exclusive apparel supplier. ...[more]


Festival of Sails 2013 - Fantastic entertainment awaits in Geelong By Lisa Ratcliff, Geelong, Australia , 7:00 PM Thu 10 Jan 2013
The Festival of Sails will make sure that the latest staging of the biggest keel boat regatta in the Southern Hemisphere will be something to be remembered for a long time with engaging activities and concerts taking place over the four-day event. ...[more]


IRC Australian Championship 2013 - Audi announces prizes for winners By Lisa Ratcliff, Geelong, Australia , 6:50 PM Thu 10 Jan 2013
German car manufacturer Audi, the Principal Sponsor of the IRC Australian Championship, announced on Thursday the prizes at stake for the upcoming races from January 24 to 28 on on Geelong’s Corio Bay. As always, prizes supplied by luxury German car manufacturer, Audi, the Principle Sponsor of the Championship and also a long-time supporter of Australian sailing, will only enhance the appea ...[more]


Festival of Sails 2013 - Entries keep coming for Geelong regatta By Lisa Ratcliff, Geelong, Australia , 4:07 PM Tue 8 Jan 2013
The Festival of Sails 2013 has now recorded more than 200 entries and the number of boats participating is expected to get even higher in the succeeding weeks before the opening of the biggest keelboat regatta in Australia. ...[more]


Festival of Sails 2013 - Dutchmen to continue tradition in Geelong By Lisa Ratcliff, , 5:26 PM Thu 13 Dec 2012
The Festival of Sails 2013 will not only be a venue for fierce competitions but also a ‘Promise Land’ for sailing enthusiasts like Bas Huibers and Eric Swaan. Once a year, Holland nationals Huibers and Swaan travel to Geelong as they continue to celebrate their never-ending love for sailing in the most colorful and festive sailing event in the world. ...[more]


Hurricane Sandy creates hassle for Festival of Sails A-Class sailors By Jude Timms, 2:58 PM Fri 23 Nov 2012
Hurricane Sandy might be a thing of a past but its effect still lingers for Australian A-Class sailors, preventing their boats from being shipped on time for the A-Class Southern Championships, which is part of Royal Geelong Yacht Club’s Festival of Sails. ...[more]


Festival of Sails 2013 entries at an all time high By Lisa Ratcliff / Festival of Sails Media, , 1:46 PM Fri 16 Nov 2012
Festival of Sails, Australia’s largest keelboat regatta, is modelled on the analogy of a set of wooden Russian dolls; the overriding regatta the largest doll and the small dolls inside the many class nationals and state titles that will be staged under the event umbrella. ...[more]


Festival of Sails - Hooligan ready for the challenge By Lisa Ratcliff, , 12:24 PM Tue 13 Nov 2012
The 2012 Audi IRC Australian Champion, Marcus Blackmore and his TP52 Hooligan, will reign for less than five months before being challenged at the next championship, that is to take place at the Royal Geelong Yacht Club in January as part of the annual Festival of Sails. ...[more]


Festival of Sails – Victorian Government extends partnership By Jav Greaves, 1:40 PM Fri 2 Nov 2012
The Minister for Sport and Recreation, the Hon Hugh Delahunty today announced the Victorian Government’s continued support of the Festival of Sails. Minister Delahunty said, 'The Victorian Government is delighted to extend our partnership with the Royal Geelong Yacht Club to ensure the continued prosperity and success of this proud and historic sporting event,' Mr Delahunty said. ...[more]


Leading yachts set to challenge for Audi IRC Australian Championship By Craig Heydon/Jav Greaves, 1:30 PM Fri 2 Nov 2012
Yachting Australia and the Royal Geelong Yacht Club have released the Notice of Race for the 2013 Audi IRC Australian Championship, which are to be held in conjunction with the annual Festival of Sails regatta in Geelong, Victoria. ...[more]


2013 Festival of Sails first entry By Lisa Ratcliff, 1:23 PM Fri 2 Nov 2012
Entries opened yesterday for the 2013 Festival of Sails and within minutes Paul Lindemann’s Victorian Beneteau 50, Biddy Hu II, was declared the first official entry for Australia’s largest keelboat regatta. ...[more]


Festival of Sails 2013 Notice of Race now online By Lisa Ratcliff, 1:20 PM Fri 2 Nov 2012
Festival of Sails 2013, the southern hemisphere’s largest annual sailing festival and Victoria’s longest running sporting event, Notice of Rce was made available yesterday by the host club, Royal Geelong Yacht Club. ...[more]


Festival of Sails entries now open By Lisa Ratcliff, 9:25 PM Thu 1 Nov 2012
Entries opened today for the 2013 Festival of Sails and within minutes Paul Lindemann’s Victorian Beneteau 50, Biddy Hu II, was declared the first official entry for Australia’s largest keelboat regatta. ...[more]


Festival of Sails regatta first official entry declared By By Lisa Ratcliff/Festival of Sails media, Australia , 1:38 PM Thu 1 Nov 2012
The submission of entries for the 2013 Festival of Sails opened today and shortly, Australia’s largest keelboat regatta, Paul Lindemann’s Victorian Beneteau 50, Biddy Hu II, was declared as the first official entry. ...[more]


Festival of Sails - Hooligan ready for the challenge By Lisa Ratcliff, 1:44 AM Wed 24 Oct 2012
The 2012 Audi IRC Australian Champion, Marcus Blackmore and his TP52 Hooligan, will reign for less than five months before being challenged at the next championship, that is to take place at the Royal Geelong Yacht Club in January as part of the annual Festival of Sails. ...[more]


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