The Tall Ships are Coming

Summer is here and Geelong’s waterfront is set to come alive with the Festival of Sails over the January 26-28 Australia Day long weekend followed in March with the Wooden Boat Festival.

Event organisers were thrilled that Geelong Connected Communities has committed to another three-year sponsorship deal for the Festival of Sails, from 2018-2020, as well as supporting the Wooden Boat Festival.

Held over the March Labour Day long weekend, the Wooden Boat Festival will see tall ships from Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and New South Wales converge on the bay and bring with them some pretty unique sponsorship, corporate event and team building opportunities.

You can jump on a, hour-long daytime circuit, or sail overnight.

Geelong Connected Communities (GCC) Chair, Roger Grant, is really pleased to be on board (har, har!) with the festivals.

“The Wooden Boat Festival is growing. It is a community based event and brings family entertainment to Geelong over the three days and encourages participation from a number of local community groups, so it is a great fit for us.”

Wooden Boat Festival of Geelong Chairman and RGYC Vice Commodore Stuart Dickson welcomed the extension of support from Geelong Connected Communities.

“The Wooden Boat Festival has become a favourite on the boat-lovers’ calendar, as well as giving the Geelong community the opportunity to see first- hand some of the most historic Wooden Boats in Australia.”

“We are expecting more than 170 entries, approximately 1,000 direct participants and in excess of 12,000 visitors,” Mr Dickson said.

In 2018 there will be an expansion of community activities at the Wooden Boat Festival. This will include Tall Ships to sail on, an art competition for local primary schools, a Buskers Festival and a maritime art display at the Geelong Club.

Please note that other than day-time short trips during the Wooden Boat Festival weekend, bookings must be reserved directly with the ships no later than 31st January 2018.


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