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Royal Geelong Yacht Club announces Rex Gorell Land Rover, as the Major Sponsor of the 2015 Festival of Sails

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The Royal Geelong Yacht Club has today announced Rex Gorell Land Rover Geelong as the Major Sponsor of the New Tack managed 2015 Festival of Sails, to be held between 17 – 26 January 2015.

Dealer Principal Jason Gorell said, “Rex Gorell Land Rover is very excited to have the opportunity to support Australia’s Premier Sailing Festival, as well as the chance to showcase Land Rover’s award winning range of vehicles on the spectacular Geelong Waterfront.”

As Major Sponsorship Partners, Rex Gorell Land Rover will be present with a fantastic display of their latest range of Land Rover vehicles, including an interactive experience called the Terrapod, where the public can drive a Land Rover around a creative and skilled course, built off the back of two truck semi-trailers! The TERRAPOD DRIVE EXPERIENCE has been used all around the world, from the UK to Hong Kong and is sure to be a feature of the 2015 festivities.

Festival of Sails Chairman and Rear Commodore of the Royal Geelong Yacht Club, Paul Smart, commented, “We are over the moon in entering into this wonderful partnership with Rex Gorell Land Rover.

The Gorell family has a deep and proud history within the Geelong community. They are hugely respected and as such, it is an honour to have Rex Gorell Land Rover as the Major Sponsor for the 2015 Festival of Sails.

It is a great fit for both organisations and Greater Geelong as a whole community”

In regards to the Festival, the people of Geelong and the entire region, should be immensely proud that we as a community, continue to show the nation, and indeed the world, that we can produce such incredible, exciting and sustainable events.”

The 2015 Festival of Sails will see more than 320 Keelboats, racing on our Corio Bay in more than 20 classes and 2500 competitors.

There is also a huge shore-side festival FREE for the public, attracting more than 100,000 people over the weekend, with more than 90 stalls, food, beverage, bands, fireworks on the Sunday night, and plenty of street entertainment throughout Steampacket Gardens, Fairnie Park, Eastern Beach and Transvaal Square and the surrounding waterfront precinct.”

The event, which is supported by the City of Greater Geelong and the State Government of Victoria, will kick off with the exciting and iconic Melbourne to Geelong Passage Race, on Friday 23rd January 2015.

The Festival of Sails, is the largest keel boat regatta in the Southern Hemisphere, and is the oldest sporting event in Victoria, the first passage race being run in 1844, earlier than the Melbourne Cup, America’s Cup and Ashes to name but a few.

We look forward to the Geelong community again enjoying the wonderful entertainment, stalls, fireworks and of course the high class sailing competition over the Australia Day weekend.

Credit Andrea Francolini

Shogun back in the game and first Festival of Sails entry

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The overhauled TP52 Shogun is the first official entry for the 2015 Festival of Sails, owner Rob Hanna showing support for his yacht club and adding some grand prix weight to Victoria’s premier sailing regatta to be staged January 17-26.

Shogun disappeared off the radar last December after its mast came crashing down off Palm Beach during the final stage of the four-part Southern Cross Cup class series. The boat was already on the market and suddenly a much cheaper buy.

Hanna flirted with the idea of a super modern lightweight 40-footer, but after looking around at the options and crunching the numbers he came back to his beloved TP, deciding to invest the dollars in what he knows it offers; results and “F….U….N”.

“I had look at the grand prix 40-42 footers and took the research a fair way. Something high performance in that size range was getting up around $750K, and that’s not cheap sailing. I could have entered a lot more races and been in div 3, but I could still be done-over on handicap by an Adams 10 or Beneteau.

“I really love the TP52 and still have a lot of fun with it. It’s a good boat and we are going to be very competitive. I’m back in the game,” he warned.

The 2013 Audi IRC Australian class A Champion has been under the knife for a significant birthday makeover. It’s been stiffened for offshore racing, and importantly for deliveries. Trucking a 52-footer is an expensive exercise and every time the boat is pulled apart for hauling there has to be a meticulous reassembly.

Hanna believes his rig came down during a tack in 20 knots on a short choppy sea when the D1 shroud gave way at the deck level, which put too much strain on the rig and caused the failure. “We assume the D1 wasn’t tightened up enough. It’s speculation but the most practical answer.”

Hanna replaced the previous Med Cup style rig with a taller and stronger carbon mast designed to help the helmsman in the lower wind ranges, new carbon forestay and boom that allows a reef,. This opens the door for Shogun to enter Cat 2 short and medium coastal passage races.

The topsides have been redone and the whole boat repainted. Every system has been pulled apart and reconditioned or replaced, as has every winch and rope.

The upgrades were managed by Paul ‘Monty’ Montague and the boat re-launched in late June. Hanna is planning to run with a crew of 12 rather than 15 for most events. The Sydney fleet contesting the CYCA’s Flinders Islet Race in late September will be the first to see Shogun unveiled.

On being the number one Festival of Sails entry Hanna said, “I enjoy the Geelong regatta for sentimental reasons and I wanted to support the event by getting my entry in early.  I’d like to see it continue as the largest regatta in Victoria.”

An extended 2015 Festival of Sails regatta begins when the multihulls start rolling in from around the country to compete in their annual Australian Multihull Championships from Saturday 17th January. The diverse mix of racing and cruising catamarans and trimarans will compete on a mix of courses around Corio Bay and Port Phillip, until Friday 23rd January. As the multis complete a reverse passage race up to Melbourne, on Thursday 22nd January, the exciting Sportsboats will hit the water, to take advantage of the great conditions that are synonymous with fast yacht racing on Corio Bay.

For more than 300 entries, the iconic 34Nm Melbourne to Geelong Passage Race, on Friday 23rd January, signals the start of a great weekend of racing and Australia Day long weekend celebrations, to be held in Geelong.

Notice of Race available at: http://festivalofsails.com.au/sailing-regatta/race-documents

Enter here: http://festivalofsails.com.au/enter-online-update-your-entry

Lisa Ratcliff – Festival of Sails Media

 

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Get ready for a sensational summer of sailing in Geelong

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The Race Management Committee of the Royal Geelong Yacht Club along with New Tack Events have been burning the midnight oil to put together an entire month of sailing on Corio Bay, in January next year, with the Notice of Race released today.

The New Year will start with upwards of 100 International 14s contesting their 2015 World Championships from Saturday 3rdJanuary until Saturday 17th January.

An extended 2015 Festival of Sails regatta begins when the multihulls start rolling in from around the country to compete in their annual Australian Multihull Championships from Saturday 17th January. The diverse mix of racing and cruising catamarans and trimarans will compete on a mix of courses around Corio Bay and Port Phillip, until Friday 23rd January. As the multis complete a reverse passage race up to Melbourne, on Thursday 22nd January, the exciting Sportsboats will hit the water, to take advantage of the great conditions that are synonymous with fast yacht racing on Corio Bay.

For more than 300 entries, the iconic 34Nm Melbourne to Geelong Passage Race, on Friday 23rd January, signals the start of a great weekend of racing and Australia Day long weekend celebrations, to be held in Geelong.

Regatta Chairman, Paul Smart and PRO Denis Thompson, have been working hard with the various racing fleets, to release the Notice of Race for both the 2015 Festival of Sails and the Australian Multihull Championships, this week.

“We are really pleased to be able to publish the Notice of Race before the end of July, which is two months earlier than in 2013. Our valued participating skippers have told us that it helps them greatly to have more time to plan crew and the logistics around their boats, especially those coming from Interstate and often overseas.

“We are hoping that by giving people plenty of notice, we will see strong entry numbers for next year’s regatta,” said Chairman, Paul Smart.

Entries will open online on Monday 11th August 2014. As always it will be a rush to see who can take the mantle for the first entrant. When entries opened in the past two years, those wishing to capitalise on the generous Early Bird discount flooded the online entry system. RGYC is again encouraging participants to get their entries in early to take advantage of the substantial saving.

The Notice of Race (NoR) is the all-important document that will help guide competitors through the regatta format and conditions of entry and is available online on the event website.
http://festivalofsails.com.au/sailing-regatta/race-documents

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Preliminary Regatta Schedule is now available for the 2015 Festival of Sails

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The Preliminary Regatta Schedule is now available for the 2015 Festival of Sails, see below.

Festival of Sails 2015 Preliminary Sailing Program-page-001

Note, One design classes can be included as a stand-alone series with sufficient entrant number.

Are you interested in having you class included for the event this year and can’t see it below? The Festival of Sails is a fantastic chance to get a real competition happening between you and your fellow boat owners – and we want to hear from you! Please email the Regatta Manager Peter Kirman at regattas@rgyc.com.au or call 03 5229 3705 to further discuss including you class.