The iconic boat race will start tomorrow
By Molly Magennis
The 2022 Festival of Sails kicks off on January 22, with the Course Passage from Melbourne to Geelong departing from Williamstown.
Over 200 boats will set sail from Williamstown at 9.30am, beginning their 32 nautical mile passage race, the official curtain raiser for the 2022 Festival of Sails.
The opening fleet of the Course Passage will consist of Grand Prix racing yachts, cruising/racing keelboats, multihulls, classic yachts and sailboat trailers.
According to Festival of Sails chairman Roger Bennett, the 2,000 sailors descending on Geelong for the five-day program are delighted to finally reunite after a two-year hiatus and be back on the water.
“We feature two championship series, namely the Melges 24 National Championship and the Victoria Doubles Championship, as well as at least a dozen other class series for boats as small as
about all shapes and sizes,” he said.
“The past two years have been a significant challenge for major events like the Festival of Sails and in 2022 we are delighted to welcome local and visiting crews back to our event.”
The festival will take place from Saturday January 22 to Wednesday January 26.