The 2017 Festival of Sails will be a totally different affair and one that you have not seen so far. The event, presented by none other than Rex Gorell Land Rover, will feature new additions like the Trailable boat series and Off the Beach series. The main event of the Festival of Sails, the regatta will be conducted from 21 January to 24 January in 2017.
The new dates for the event will prevent a clash of dates with the popular Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race that is drawing more crowds to the Surf Coast region. This festival will start just after the Rolex Sydney Hobart that takes place in early January and this will give the chance for some of the boats heading north to take part in the event.
The preliminary racing schedule is out now and there would be fourteen divisions. The list includes multihulls, sport boats, S80 plus and Sydney 38 one-designs. The management is looking at organizing a separate series of classic yachts, if they can pull in enough participation.
The race officer Denis Thompson is expecting the classic yachts to make its presence felt in the Festival of Sails as the biennial Australian Wooden Boat Festival is to kick start in February 2017. The race officer also expects the two new series, OTP and trailable boats to be a big hit among the fans. This program starts on 25 January and will conclude on the 27th January.
There will also be a separate Grand Prix series to take place outside of the festival for the high ranking IRC yachts. This could become a reality as most of the owners are game to stay on within the important dates. Matters are made simple by the Royal Geelong Yacht Club for owners looking for crew and crews looking for boats by offering a crew match database to hook the two together.