Festival Of Sails

Entries Open for 178th Melbourne to Geelong Passage Race

The Festival of Sails Organising Committee and Royal Geelong Yacht Club are thrilled to release the Notice of Race and open entries for the 178th instalment of the Melbourne to Geelong Passage Race, brought to you by MacGlide. The Passage Race will be held on Sunday 24th January 2021. Whilst the committee is disappointed we are unable to deliver the full Festival of Sails experience in 2021, it is a great outcome to be able maintain the tradition of this historic sailing event and offer something to our sailing community over the Australia Day long weekend.



We anticipate welcoming a good sized fleet for the event, however due to COVID-19 and the resulting limitations around hosting boats at RGYC, visiting vessel numbers may be capped to ensure a COVID Safe experience for those staying at the Club – so be sure to get in early so you don’t miss out!

While there will be no formal shoreside activities, RGYC welcome sailors to the Club to enjoy everything Corio Bay and Geelong have to offer. There will be dining and drinks options available at The Yot (RGYC’s brand new café and restaurant) and the opportunity for sailors to explore other activities along the waterfront and in the wider Geelong and Bellarine region – providing much needed support to our local businesses.  

For more information on Geelong and things to do, please see HERE

Travel & Accommodation

Visiting boats will be provided with a free berth at the RGYC marina until Monday 25th January. For those wishing to stay beyond this time, bookings can be made via RGYC Visiting Vessel Registration form HERE.

For those wishing to stay on land, Geelong has a wide variety of great accommodation options within easy walking distance of RGYC. For your convenience, we have organised a detailed list of options for accommodation and recommend you book in advance as Geelong is extremely busy over the Australia Day long weekend.

Please click HERE to check out all hotels and accommodation within 2km of the RGYC. 

We would like to thank our sponsors, whose ongoing support has made the delivery of this year’s Melbourne to Geelong Passage Race possible.