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Magazines : Breakaway Summer 2010
SOME of the world's most advanced yachting technology will grace Corio Bay's waves when Geelong hosts Audi Victoria Week this summer. The big-name Super Maxis -- made famous by races like the Sydney to Hobart -- will share the water and wind with the tiniest of dinghies, sports boats and many a yacht class in between. On the water the annual race week is a yachtie's paradise but back on dry land there's entertainment galore to keep families happy. Held between January 20-26, the week is one of the country's oldest sporting events dating back to 1844. Hundreds of yachts and thousands of international- class sailors will compete, with many more spectators and support crew arriving in Geelong. Some of the boats mooring in Geelong will cost several thousands of dollars just to fill with fuel and the king of the competitive yachts, the Super Maxis, are masterpieces sculptured from carbon fibre and fibreglass. They'll all be battling it out on the ideal waters of Corio Bay, the jewel in the city's crown, with calm seas and regular breezes perfect for competitive sailing Back on land the waterfront will host live music, art and craft market stalls, food and wine vendors, children's activities and fireworks. And the vast majority of activities are free. Steampacket Gardens will be the hub of the week's on-shore entertainment with family-orientated live performances. Over at Fairnie Park there will be an array of gourmet food and wine stalls where sailors and visitors alike can mingle. Ritchie Boulevard will connect Fairnie Park to the Eastern Beach precinct in a shopper's bazaar with the area also featuring outrigger racing and beach volleyball. Of course, it's also possible to just wander the waterfront's marina and take in the spectacle of the massive fleet of visiting vessels. After the day's racing is done, visitors can join sailors over a celebratory drink on the waterfront or in any of Geelong's hotels, pubs and clubs. INSIDER'S TIP Visitors take note, accommodation can book out before the event so get in early. Don't miss the boat The Geelong Advertiser's MARTIN WATTERS will have you sailing though the activities on offer during Geelong's spectacular week of yachting EVENT 18 I geelongadvertiser.com.au
Breakaway Autumn 2011