MacGlide continues partnership to present the 178th iconic Melbourne to Geelong Passage Race in 2021

Royal Geelong Yacht Club (RGYC) is proud to announce that MacGlide has continued its partnership with RGYC, set to present the 178th Melbourne to Geelong Passage Race on Sunday, 24 January 2021.

MacGlide, by Mactac, is a world leading biocide-free fouling release film manufacturer who first partnered with Festival of Sails in 2020.

While the 2021 Festival of Sails has been cancelled due to the impact of COVID-19, the Organising Committee has resolved to maintain the tradition of the iconic Melbourne to Geelong Passage Race and provide Sailors the opportunity to get out on the water over the Australia Day long weekend.

Thanks to the support of MacGlide and its certified national partner National Marine Wraps, it is a great outcome to be able to offer the 178th edition of the race.

National Marine Wrap’s Director, Phil Smith, said the company is glad to bring back Mactac’s MacGlide for a second year.

“We have always believed in MacGlide but now we have even more evidence it works,” Phil said.

“COVID-19 certainly hasn’t helped but the early adopters have already seen huge benefits.”

Mactac Business Director ANZ, Jordan Leach, said MacGlide is proud to continue its ongoing partnership with RGYC.

“The club’s long history, passion for sailing and strong environmental values echo that of our own,” Leach said.

“MacGlide is the perfect partnership for this event, with our focus being for the industry to move away from traditional, anti-foul paints that impact marine flora and fauna.

“We are proud to be leading the way with the environmentally friendly solution of a biocide-free, self-adhesive film that attaches to the hull below the waterline.

“MacGlide also offer a five-year warranty and work closely with certified partners, including National Marine Wraps in Geelong, to maintain high quality levels,” he said.

MacGlide’s products also offer benefits such as a fuel consumption decrease of over 5% and the film self-cleaning when sailing above 7 knots. Being highly hydrophobic, the product also strongly discourages organisms from attaching to a vessel’s hull.

The Notice of Race for the Passage Race was released last week, with an influx of entries already being received. With the impact of COVID-19 and the relevant limitations, entries may be capped to ensure a COVID Safe experience. RGYC encourage Sailors to enter early so to not miss out.

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by MacGlide Festival of Sails media


Elite sailors from across the globe have started arriving in Geelong for crucial training sessions ahead of four sailing world championship competitions, which are expected to inject more than $6.8 million into the local economy.

In a major coup for Geelong, Royal Geelong Yacht Club (RGYC) will be the epicentre of world sailing this summer as it welcomes more than 400 sailors from 35 countries, with many vying for selection for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

They’re competing in the 49er, 49erFX and the Nacra 17 World Championships, being held from February 6 to 15, 2020, followed by the Laser Masters Worlds in March.

The unparalleled program of events – being held simultaneously for the first time in Geelong and supported by Major Events funding by the City of Greater Geelong – will showcase Geelong to an international audience and has attracted some of the world’s best sailors to Corio Bay, many for the first time.

The three classes are Olympic categories of sailing and the World Championships in Geelong will be the final selection rounds for many of the countries set to compete at the Tokyo Olympics, starting in July. The classes also act as a ‘feeder’ for the America’s Cup and Sail GP events, regarded as the highest level of performance sailing.

The championship vessels set to compete at Geelong are the highest performance one design boats in the world. The 49ers are single hull skiffs with two crew members. The 49er FX is the female class and the Nacra 17s are two-person mixed crew catamarans with two hulls and foils which spectacularly lift them out of the water.

Sailors have begun streaming into Geelong this week to start training ahead of the regattas.

Dozens of boats have arrived into Avalon Airport, many following on from New Zealand, which hosted the 49er and 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships last month.

From next week, around 170 boats will be housed at RGYC and the western end of Eastern Beach for training and racing.

RGYC Commodore John Kint said while he appreciated Eastern Beach would be busy during the championships, these events would deliver a huge bonus for the city and a spectacular sight on our waters of Corio Bay.

“Showcasing our beautiful city to hundreds of new visitors who will drive almost $7million into our economy is a huge benefit for Geelong,” he said.

“The public will also have the unique opportunity to come down to the RGYC and Eastern Beach and see some of the best sailors in the world in action, right here on our bay.”

Ahead of the World Championships, RGYC will also host the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 Oceania Championships, incorporating Sail Melbourne and the Australian Nationals from January 30 to February 3, 2020.

The best sailors from countries including New Zealand, Holland, Brazil, Spain, United States, Great Britain, Denmark, France and Germany, as well as Australia will compete in the world championships.

This will include New Zealanders Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, who won the world championships in Auckland last month and were part of the Emirates Team New Zealand which won the 2017 America’s Cup.

Other participants will include 2016 Rio Olympic gold medallists (49er FX) Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze, from Brazil. Meanwhile, Sydney cousins Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin are set to battle it out with Lake Macquarie siblings Nathan and Haylee Outteridge for Olympic selection in the Nacra 17s.

Closer to home, RGYC sailor Ollie Manton, 20, and Melbourne’s Jack Lloyd, 25, will be out to gain valuable experience in the 49er championships.

Geelong’s massive ‘Summer of Sailing’ will also include the historic MacGlide Festival of Sails from January 25 to 27, the Wooden Boat Festival from March 6 to 9 and the Laser Masters World Championships, from March 19 to 28.

For more information about the world championships, please visit or download the app ‘49er Geelong’ on the App Store.

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. 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.” Find out more about MacGlide.

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, 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

by MacGlide Festival of Sails media