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Festival of Sails 2022 is on track to proceed, 22 to 26 January in Geelong, with Covid protocols in place.

Photography by Salty Dingo

10 January 2022


After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, Festival of Sails 2022 will be going ahead as planned, states Roger Bennett, Chair 2022 Festival of Sails.

“FOS 2022 will be delivered in strict accordance with all Victorian Government COVID-19 event guidelines and directives,” he said in a statement on the event website.

“In line with the Victorian Government’s policies on Events, Arts and Live Entertainment and Hospitality Venues, all participants and stakeholders involved in FOS 2022 are required to be double vaccinated or hold a current medical exemption.

“All participants, visitors and staff must be able to show proof of their current vaccination status, which will be checked before access will be granted to our venue or marina.

“We understand the frustration these restrictions have caused some Festival of Sails participants and RGYC regulars.


“However FOS 2022 must comply with the Victorian Government directions in order to operate and safeguard our community, as does every other event.

“COVID-19 safety is a shared community effort and responsibility, and we are asking everyone to follow the government guidelines so we can all enjoy a safe Festival of Sails.

Further FOS 2022 COVIDSafe information can be found here.

“Should the Victorian Government reintroduce restrictions, such as capacity limits, or if we feel other measures are in the best interest of our community, the Organising Committee has several alternative programs available to us.

“Should any changes need to be made, we will let you know as soon as possible. We remind entrants that if Festival of Sails 2022 is rescheduled or cancelled, all entry fees are fully refundable, or transferable to a rescheduled Festival of Sails 2022 or Festival of Sails 2023.

“We thank you for your understanding in these uncertain times and know that our team is working hard to keep you informed and ensure a safe and successful regatta.”

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