Festival Of Sails

Royal Geelong Yacht Club announces naming rights partnership – MacGlide Festival of Sails

Royal Geelong Yacht Club (RGYC) is proud to announce the 2020 Festival of Sails naming rights partnership between the club and MacGlide, by Mactac, a world leading biocide-free fouling release film manufacturer.


Festival of Sails Chairman Stuart Dickson said, “RGYC thanks Mactac for their vision and support of a major Victorian event and regatta steeped in history that fills Geelong’s Corio Bay over the Australia Day weekend with boats, drawing tens of thousands of locals and visitors to the waterfront festival.” Given the club’s ongoing focus on greener waterfront solutions, Dickson adds “MacGlide by Mactac is very much in keeping with the club’s environmental values”.


With over 50 years’ experience in the pressure-sensitive adhesive industry, Mactac’s film solutions are built for demanding environments.

At the same time, MacGlide is kind to the ocean and provides long term protection to vessels so owners can sail responsibly, and responsively.


Phil Smith, owner of National Marine Wraps and RGYC member of more than a decade, believes MacGlide will revolutionise the industry.

“With our marine industry knowledge and Mactac adhesive film technology, it’s the perfect partnership,” Phil said.

“The world is waking up to the damage traditional antifoul paints are having on marine flora and fauna. We are proud to be leading the way with the MacGlide solution.”


Aside from being environmentally friendly, MacGlide prevents organisms from attaching to a vessel’s hull.

Fuel consumption is reduced by 5+%, speed increased by 4+%, and it’s easy to clean and for certified wrap installers to apply.


Mactac Senior Business Manager Jordan Leach adds “MacGlide fouling release film comes with a five-year warranty backed by us, the manufacturer. We work closely with and certify a select number of local partners such as National Marine Wraps to maintain the quality level required.”



In addition to its annual MacGlide Festival of Sails, a Victorian sailing institution dating back to 1844, Royal Geelong Yacht Club will host five major championship events as part of its massive 2020 Summer of Sailing program.

For more information on the Summer of Sailing, please see HERE.

About MacGlide

Mactac, a European leader in self-adhesive films with over 50 years’ experience, developed a new antifouling barrier product in Europe called MacGlide. The biocide-free self-adhesive film attaches to the hull below the waterline, then is coated with a special sealing varnish that the company developed in cooperation with paint manufacturer PPG.  For more information, visit https://www.macglide.eu/.