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2016 Wooden Boat Festival

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The Royal Geelong Yacht Club is once again hosting the Wooden Boat Festival on Corio bay and the club’s waterfront grounds.  Being held on the Labor Day weekend of Saturday March 12th through to Monday March 14th the festival will attract over 150 wooden boats of all sizes and types, from the tall ships Enterprize and Notorious to some tiny one man craft.


This is the 7th Wooden Boat Festival the Royal Geelong Yacht Club have ran, with the last one taking place in 2014.  The club’s grounds will be the centrepiece of the festival with entertainment,  and will also host many displays of wooden boats and related trade displays.

Sunday is the main festival day with the day starting off with breakfast followed by a range of exhibitions and displays around the club grounds. Fairnie Park will host a wood chop mid morning and there will be some wonderful classic cars from the Geelong Street Rodders to enjoy on Stoney Pier.

The bay will come alive from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM when the impressive regatta sails. There will be plenty of great vantage points from Eastern Beach to Cunningham Pier, but the best place to be around 11:30 will be near Stoney Pier when the grand parade of boats sail past the marina.

The afternoon will see several races including boats battling it out for the Couta Boat Cup and the Corio Bay Wooden Yacht Cup.

There will be plenty of fun for the kids to, with visits from the pirate crew including Captain Jack Sparrow.  There will be face painting, food and some great music including sets from the RAN Jazz Band and dance from the Indonesian Association of Geelong.


Monday the fun continues with the Geelong Jaguar Car Club displaying some of their magnificent vehicles on Stoney Pier.  The exhibition, theatre and displays will also be running in the RGYC grounds for what will make a great weekend on Geelong’s amazing waterfront.