Festival Dates 20-22 January, 2018

Partners & Siteholders

The Royal Geelong Yacht Club’s Festival of Sails is the largest yachting event in Australia and the biggest keel boat event in the southern hemisphere. We welcome your interest in becoming involved in this exciting, highly regarded event held in the heart of Geelong in January every year.

The marquee event is the Passage Race from Melbourne to Geelong, a spectacle without peer. Picture the fleet of 300 yachts charging past Point Henry, spinnakers flying, white water everywhere and the finish line just ahead. Crews lean over the rails trying to keep the heeling boats at maximum speed, their competitors just metres away doing their best to hold them off. No time to relax on board as the rest of the fleet bears down on them, keen to be their best and keen to get into Royal Geelong Yacht Club to begin the celebrations. And for the next three days they all go racing again!

This is the yachting event for everyone to be part of.

The Festival of Sails is strongly supported by the Victorian Government, the City of Greater Geelong and our presenting partner, Rex Gorell Land Rover. We are also pleased to have the support of many other local and national businesses, making our festival bigger and better every year. More than 300 yachts, 3500 competitors are on the water and 120,000 visitors are attracted to the Geelong waterfront festival.

The Festival of Sails provides an exciting backdrop for sponsors to link their brand to a sport that breeds Australian Olympic Gold Medallists, World Champions and National Champions. Our event builds on the atmosphere surrounding yacht racing with the fun of the entertainment which runs day and night. We provide numerous bands, roving events, interactive displays and fairground attractions blended with diverse food stalls and casual wining and dining.

The 2017 Festival of Sails will see new dimensions to the sailing events and innovative activities along the waterfront. We are positive that the impact of the event will be greater than ever and your partnership with us will be rewarding.

Thank you for considering becoming a partner in the Festival of Sails at Royal Geelong Yacht Club. We look forward to you joining us, perhaps even on the water!