Festival Of Sails

Sponsors & Partners

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. This race celebrated its 178th anniversary in 2021, and while COVID-19 meant that the Festival of Sails was cancelled, the Passage Race  ran on 24th January 2021.

Our loyal sponsors have continued to support us through this very trying period, and we encourage you to support those businesses below that allow us to run this fantastic event.

We thank our loyal sponsors who continue to partner with Festival of Sails.

Visit Victoria

Soak up the good life in the Geelong and Bellarine region. Wander down historic streetscapes and tee off at lush golf courses, perfect for summer afternoons. Explore the burgeoning foodie scene, complete with craft breweries, local wineries, farm gates and provedores. Surf, paddle and swim at bay and ocean beaches, and get close to local wildlife in Port Phillip Bay.

City of Greater Geelong

Geelong Major Events

National Marine Wraps

National Marine Wraps has the answer for all of your marine craft needs. Eco-friendly fouling which contains NO biocides and will keep the water we love healthy and clean for time to come. Custom boat wrap, internal and external, whatever your taste is. As well as basic boat names and registration numbers to keep you to code. We have a solution for you. We are aiming for the best service and solution for all Australians who love their ocean.


MacGlide™ film is the result of several years of research and development. With over 5 years of extensive testing in the market, MacGlide is a proven ecological solution for fouling prevention.Motorboat owners will see reduced fuel consumption (typically 5-6% less), and sailors will enjoy higher maximum speeds.


MUSTO is the world's leading sailing brand and a British leader in shooting and equestrian sports. Find the best performance outdoor clothing at Musto.

Leura Park Estate

Established in 1995, Leura Park Estate has firmly established itself as a renowned producer of premium cool maritime climate wines. Leura Park Estate wines are 100% estate grown and predominantly hand picked. A commitment to grape integrity, voice and ‘methode traditionelle’ is showcased in a stable of wines boasting a distinctive and delightful French-style subtlety.

Geelong Taxi Network

Geelong & District - professionally trained and trusted 24/7 service. CAProfessionally trained and trusted 24/7 service.

Club Marine

As Australia's largest provider of boat insurance with over 50 years experience, we have insurance policies to suit your boating lifestyle.

Optus Business Geelong

Partner with local experts to better your business. At Optus we're committed to helping every Australian business have the confidence to say 'yes' more often. Built to provide support to small to medium sized businesses, our Optus Business Centres offer tailored assistance and solutions to help businesses make sound decisions.


A Passion For Sailing B&G has been at the cutting edge of sailing innovation for 50 years. Whether you’re motivated by the thrill of your next race or a passion for cruising, our electronics are designed for you. Our racing heritage gives us an unrivalled platform for developing new technology, which is put through its paces by the world’s best, in the most challenging conditions. You’ll find B&G powering Grand Prix victories and inspiring the adventures of cruising sailors.


Vicsail specialises in the sale of some of the world’s best new and used yachts, multihulls and power boats. Vicsail has over 30 years’ experience in the boating industry. Our team offers clients unrivalled yachting knowledge. An all-encompassing service ensures that buying, owning and selling a yacht is always a pleasurable experience.


Passionfolk exists to help businesses to flourish by unlocking and nurturing customer passion. This comes down to using insight and imagination to create well-shaped, well-connected brands. At Passionfolk we combine our big-brand marketing experience with a boutique business approach. Our clients access top-quality marketing and communications management as they need it, rather than having to increase their senior head count.


Victorian Regional Channels Authority manages commercial navigation in the port waters of Geelong and Hastings and is responsible for the safe and efficient movement of shipping in port waters, providing direction and control of the movement of ships, and maintaining shipping channels and navigation aids. VRCA also oversees channel management for the Port of Portland and coordinates the Port Development Strategy for the Port of Geelong.


The wheel in your hands. The world at your feet. With no one to tell you what to do, where to go or when to get there, a bareboat charter sailing holiday is your chance to explore new cruising grounds at your own pace. Squeeze in as many overnight stops and daytime anchorages as you like, or take your time and make the most of every destination on your itinerary. On a bareboat charter holiday you have the freedom to discover the world’s best sailing destinations on your own terms.