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Festival of Sails - Black Betty’s success By Danielle McKay, , 10:38 PM Mon 27 Jan 2014
Festival of Sails 2014 - Black Betty clinched the Optimum Time Racing Series Division one IRC win and Victorian IRC Championship in her maiden racing appearance outside of home waters. ...[more]


Festival of Sails 2014 - Cruising success By Lisa Ratcliff, , 9:04 PM Mon 27 Jan 2014
In the Festival of Sails 2014 the second round of trophies were presented this morning on the lawn of the Royal Geelong Yacht Club, the longstanding regatta recognised for being an enduring and loved event at a blessed location, Corio Bay, which is a rare north-facing and protected inner harbour. ...[more]


Festival of Sails 2014 - Malice steels to defeat the unbeaten By Danielle McKay, , 8:40 PM Mon 27 Jan 2014
In the Festival of Sails 2014 a ‘get out of jail free card’ has been credited for saving the multihull champion Malice from a race defeat that would have proven terminal to any regatta winning hopes. ...[more]


Festival of Sails - Maui Jim Sports Boat series final day By Lisa Racliff, , 9:44 PM Sun 26 Jan 2014
One of 14 divisions at the Festival of Sails, the Maui Jim Sports Boat series, catering for a plethora of sailing predilections, wrapped up on Corio Bay with the final two races of a 10 race series today. ...[more]


Festival of Sails 2014 - Sailing icon inspires fourth successful title By Danielle McKay, , 8:49 PM Sun 26 Jan 2014
Festival of Sails 2014 - It was a hotly contested day on Geelong’s Corio Bay, with just 45 seconds separating the top five Sydney 38s in race eight today and the top three positions shuffling right up until the end of the final race. ...[more]


Festival of Sails 2014 - Star rises at the Melges 24 Open Nationals By Lisa Ratcliff, , 7:36 PM Sun 26 Jan 2014
Festival of Sails 2014 - New star in event. Second on the leaderboard was Flavio Favini’s Swiss entry Blu Moon with 26 points. Favini and Melges are old rivals on the racetrack with Melges now one-up by nine points in this Australian double-header of open nationals followed by the world title. ...[more]


Festival of Sails - Debutant yachts bring counterparts to their knees By Danielle McKay, , 11:21 PM Sat 25 Jan 2014
At the Festival of Sails 2014 debutant yachts Patrice and Ichi Ban are bringing their older counterparts to their knees in the grand prix racing series, claiming two spots on the podium on the second day of racing. ...[more]


Festival of Sails - Scarecrow dominates in Cruising Division 2 By Lisa Ratcliff, , 11:10 PM Sat 25 Jan 2014
At the Festival of Sails 2014, on the penultimate day of competition, a boat from the 1950s supposedly designed to sell more plywood in the USA and named after a Native American symbol is dominating Cruising Division 2. ...[more]


Festival of Sails 2014 - Sporties on the edge By Lisa Ratcliff, , 9:58 PM Sat 25 Jan 2014
The Festival of Sails 2014 is currently underway in Geelong, Australia. What do you get when you cross a yacht with a dinghy? It’s not a joke but rather the definition of a sports boat offered by one of the enthusiasts competing in the eclectic division at the Festival of Sails ...[more]


Gill Melges 24 Australian Championship - Natives hungry for victory By Lisa Ratcliff, , 1:07 AM Sat 25 Jan 2014
On day two of the Gill Melges 24 Australian Open National Championship, Australia’s Nathan Wilmot made a decent impression on the scorecard on Geelong’s Corio Bay. The Olympic gold medallist and his crew of wife Shona, Chris Links, and Heath Walters and his 15 year-old son Harley Walters, played the Ace card at the class’ national title. ...[more]


Melbourne to Geelong passage race - Surprise victory for Morticia By Danielle McKay, , 12:35 AM Sat 25 Jan 2014
In the Festival of Sails’ 2014 Melbourne to Geelong passage race today, Friday 24th January, the featherweight trimaran Morticia fought above its weight to claim a surprise victory against much bigger and more powerful rivals. ...[more]


Festival of Sails - Spectacular start to Melbourne to Geelong race By Danielle McKay, Australia , 9:15 PM Fri 24 Jan 2014
In the 171st Festival of Sails regatta the three-month old high-tech yacht Ichi Ban has stamped its authority early with a lead in the Melbourne to Geelong passage race that may be small in miles but could prove huge for the confidence of the crew. ...[more]


Melges 24 Australian Open - Best scorecard for Melges 24 founder By Lisa Ratcliff, , 12:17 AM Fri 24 Jan 2014
The first points in the Gill Melges 24 Australian Open Nationals, one of the Festival of Sails’ opening events, went to Harry Melges and his Star crew from the USA. Melges, who founded the class in 1993 with his brother Hans and crewman Andy Burdick, began their Australian foray impressively with a perfect scorecard. ...[more]


Festival of Sails - Final preparations underway at Royal Geelong YC By Lisa Ratcliff, , 11:17 PM Wed 22 Jan 2014
The Festival of Sails is being held from Thursday 23rd until Monday 27th January 2014. The Royal Geelong Yacht Club is humming with the final preparations before the start of racing tomorrow for two divisions and the mass influx of sailors arriving Friday 24th January with the Melbourne to Geelong passage race. ...[more]


Festival of Sails fleet cracks 300 mark By Lisa Ratcliff, , 3:05 AM Tue 21 Jan 2014
The Festival of Sails fleet has cracked the 300 mark with only a few hours left for boat owners to submit entries. Tonight at midnight, Monday 20th January 2014, the gates close and tomorrow the week-long on-water program commences. ...[more]


Festival of Sails - Entry list up By Lisa Ratcliff, , 6:28 PM Thu 16 Jan 2014
The Festival of Sails 2014 entry list is creeping towards 300 and the fleet size is ahead of the same time last year, a trend few regatta organisers can claim in the new financial climate. ...[more]


Festival of Sails - Anticipating break-neck speeds in Geelong By Danielle McKay/Festival of Sails media, , 9:18 AM Tue 14 Jan 2014
The 2014 Festival of Sails is set to take place January 21-27 in Geelong. Tony Kirby, skipper of Patrice, had to adjust the yacht’s insurance policy, not because it crashed out of its debut Sydney Hobart with hull damage. Rather he anticipated it would record break-neck speeds at events including Geelong’s Festival of Sails starting next week. ...[more]


Festival of Sails 2014 - Women on water By Lisa Ratcliff, , 12:16 AM Wed 8 Jan 2014
Geelong’s iconic Festival of Sails, to be held Thursday 23rd until Monday 27th January 2014, offers people of all ages, experience, and backgrounds the chance to enter an eligible boat, crew on someone else’s, or watch the action play out from the scenic shoreline. ...[more]


Festival of Sails - 200 entries announced By Lisa Ratcliff, , 11:26 PM Fri 20 Dec 2013
Festival of Sails - Christmas has come early to the Royal Geelong Yacht Club with the news its keystone event has reached the 200th entry milestone, well ahead of the same time last year. ...[more]


Festival of Sails - Victoria’s IRC/AMS Champs set to reunite fleets By Lisa Ratcliff, , 9:47 PM Thu 19 Dec 2013
Victoria’s IRC and AMS championships are set to reunite the Festival of Sails 2014 fleets. IRC boats have split off for separate competition in the last couple of years, but come January and one of Australia’s premier yachting regattas, a simpler format will unify like boats. ...[more]


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