Celebrate the 175th Festival of Sails in 2018!

The Festival of Sails is the largest annual keel boat regatta in the Southern Hemisphere with over 300 yacht entries and 3,000 competitors annually taking part in the event.

First held in 1844, the Festival of Sails Regatta is one of the nation's and Victoria's oldest sporting events. The event has evolved over many years culminating in its current format as Australia’s foremost keelboat regatta.

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.

Running alongside the sailing action, the FREE community Waterfront Festival features numerous acts across three stages and a multitude of stallholders to provide you with fine food and wine, live music, entertainment and roving performers, art and craft market stalls, novelty stalls, an on-water Come & Try Zone and a dedicated family friendly kids zone all along the stunning Geelong Waterfront and in the Royal Geelong Yacht Club.

The Festival of Sails promises something for all, thrilling sailing action, exciting on water activities for all to try, and a great way to spend quality time with your family over the Australia Day Long Weekend.

The Fireworks Extravaganza will take place on the Geelong Waterfront on Australia Day, Friday 26 January 2018.