Geelong will be the epicentre of world sailing when it hosts four Olympic Class World Championships during the 2020 Summer of Sailing.

Victorian Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren joined Member for Geelong Christine Couzens at the Royal Geelong Yacht Club on Friday 17 August to officially launch the events, which will see almost 800 international and local competitors take to the waters of Corio Bay.

The 2020 Summer of Sailing will include four high profile Olympic sailing classes including the 49er (men), 49erFX (women) and Nacra World Championships, as well as the Laser Masters World Championship.

These prestigious racing events will cap off a busy season of major sporting events in Geelong on the back of the annual Festival of Sails and the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race in January 2020.

The events are expected to inject more than $4.6 million into the Victorian economy as competitors, support crews and spectators descend on Geelong and the surrounding region February 2020 through March 2020, supporting local businesses.


Geelong’s summer of sailing 2020 launch at the RGYC, Friday, August 17, 2018.

(L-R) Peter Murrihy (Deputy Mayor of the City of Greater Geelong), Chris Manton (President of the Australian 49er Association), John Eren (Victorian Minister for Tourism and Major Events), Christine Couzens (Member for Geelong) , Stuart Dickson (RGYC Vice Commodore).


(L-R) John D’Helin (President of the Victorian Laser Association), Christine Couzens (Member for Geelong), John Eren (Victorian Minister for Tourism and Major Events), Stuart Dickson (RGYC Vice Commodore), Peter Murrihy (Deputy Mayor of the City of Greater Geelong).