Festival of Sails

The Festival of Sails annually attracts around 300 yachts and 4,500 sailing competitors to Melbourne and Geelong over the Australia Day holiday period.

With over 15 different race series catering from the highest performance Grand Prix racers to trailable cruisers, the varied race action is sure to offer something for everyone, and spectators will certainly not be disappointed.

First held in 1844, the Festival of Sails is Victoria's oldest ongoing sporting event, and the largest annual keel boat regatta in the Southern Hemisphere.

For those not competing on-water, there is plenty of shore-side excitement taking place with over 100,000 people flocking to the stunning Waterfront Geelong over the Australia Day holiday period to be part of the excitement.

The Fireworks Extravaganza planned to take place on the Geelong Waterfront on Australia Day, 26 January 2020 have been cancelled out of respect for Australia's bushfire victims.

The shoreside waterfront entertainment will feature:
> Free live music across two precincts
> Great food and wine
> Children’s entertainment
> Free Discover Sailing experiences for the whole family
> Food trucks and market stalls
> Plenty of interactive activities! 

Get the event's full program here.

Check out what the Festival of Sails has to offer:

The Royal Geelong Yacht Club take great pride in its role as host of this regatta, expanding its reputation as a global player each year!

This event is proudly supported by the City of Greater Geelong - via Geelong Major Events funding.



Daily from 25 January 2020 to 27 January 2020

Upcoming dates

25 January 2020

26 January 2020

27 January 2020


  • Royal Geelong Yacht Club Waterfront Geelong


  • Free & Ticketed areas
  • Participant Entry Fee
  • This is a free event Free


  • Catering and/or dining Catering and/or dining
  • Change room facilities Change room facilities
  • Children's activities Children's activities
  • First Aid available First Aid available
  • Seating/viewing areas Seating/viewing areas
  • Toilets available Toilets available
  • Undercover areas Undercover areas
  • Wheelchair accessible Wheelchair accessible


Email: info@rgyc.com.au

Associated organisation: Royal Geelong Yacht Club

Website: www.festivalofsails.com.au


Page last updated: Monday, 13 January 2020