It won’t be long until New Zealanders can stake their claim on the event of summer: the New Zealand Sail Grand Prix | Christchurch, with exciting ticket options announced today, due to go on sale 4 October 2022 at 9AM sharp. Organisers have also announced a very limited number of private hospitality suites - the Shoreline Villas - now in market.
Touching down in Aotearoa for the first time ever next March (18-19), the New Zealand Sail Grand Prix | Christchurch will take place on the stunning Whakaraupō, Lyttelton Harbour and event director Karl Budge says Kiwis are going to be blown away by their first taste of the world’s fastest growing sports league.
Budge said: “SailGP is one of the world’s most exhilarating racing experiences and we can’t wait to bring it to Lyttleton. With the best sailors in the world competing in identical hydrofoiling catamarans, there will be plenty of thrills, spills and boat-on-boat action.”
“This is going to be a totally new format to what Kiwis have seen before and we’re delighted to be in a position to announce three ways to watch today.”
Racegoers will be able to soak it all in from the exclusive luxury of the Platinum Lawn, a new concept for SailGP with space for just 500 patrons per day. The party zone within the New Zealand Sail Grand Prix, the Platinum Lawn will not only offer a standout spectator experience, but a chance to rub shoulders with the stars post-racing and stay on for the after party with DJ sets and live entertainment, inclusive of drinks and nibbles from an iconic pop-up restaurant.
Designed for action, the Fan Village will be the place to be for cheering crowds with prime viewing along the final stretch of the course. The Fan Village will be the heart of the New Zealand Sail Grand Prix, with a great atmosphere and plenty to eat, see and do just metres from the water’s edge.
For those seeking world-class hospitality, the Shoreline Villas will give ten brands only the opportunity to entertain clients, partners and friends in a private marquee with a covered balcony, featuring a five-hour food and beverage experience hand-crafted by a celebrity chef. This is the only private hospitality option within the New Zealand Sail Grand Prix | Christchurch and brings with it unique rights and benefits, with villa holders automatically being classed as ‘Official Hospitality Sponsors’ of the event.
Speaking from this weekend’s ROCKWOOL Denmark Sail Grand Prix in Copenhagen, New Zealand SailGP Team co-CEO Peter Burling said: “We can’t wait to bring SailGP to Christchurch and race in front of our home fans.”
“Whakaraupō, Lyttelton Harbour is an incredible place to sail and it’s going to make for some awesome action close to shore. We’re hugely proud to be the first major event in Christchurch in several years and we think it’s going to be one of the most exciting events on the SailGP calendar,” Burling says.
With less than 5,000 tickets per day, categories are extremely limited and event goers are urged to get in quick to make sure they don’t miss out. On-site experiences will be complemented by additional viewing options, including a bring-your-own boat programme and free programming in the city centre, with more details to be made available in due course.
Fans can learn more at sailgp.com/newzealand or register for a private Shoreline Villa at sailgp.com/shorelinevillas.