The tenth and penultimate event of Season 3 made history. Not only was it SailGP’s first ever event in New Zealand, but it crowned a first-time event winner, with Phil Robertson’s Canada picking up the win.

New Zealand Sail Grand Prix | Christchurch | Season 3 | SailGP Technologies

Ahead of racing, SailGP’s Tech Team worked around the clock to repair the F50 fleet in time for racing following an extreme weather event damaging Canada’s F50 and the entire wing supply in Sydney.

Season 3 // New Zealand Sail Grand Prix // Maori Waka before racing

But incredibly, the nine-strong F50 fleet was back on the start line less than four weeks after the incident.

New Zealand Sail Grand Prix | Christchurch | Season 3 | Emirates GBR | Canada | Racing

Strong winds forecast for Friday led race management to cancel practice racing, meaning teams lacked familiarity with the course and venue-specific conditions heading into the weekend.

Fans flocked to Ōtautahi, Christchurch to watch all the racing action

Despite a 30-minute delay due to dolphin sightings, team were treated to picture-perfect conditions when racing did get underway, with flat water and breeze of 30km/h.

New Zealand raced on home waters for the first time

Peter Burling’s New Zealand dominated the opening day, finishing top of the leaderboard with a near-perfect 2-1-2 racing record. But Phil Robertson’s Canada sat close behind in second after a solid day’s performance, while Emirates Great Britain SailGP Team placed third.

New Zealand Sail Grand Prix | Christchurch | Season 3 | Fleet | Racing

On day two, everything was to play in an additional two fleet races before the all-important, winner-takes-all Final.

Season 3 // New Zealand Sail Grand Prix // Kiwis center of fleet on day one

Tom Slingsby’s Australia overcame a tricky first day to bounce back, securing two bullets in the last two fleet races. Canada meanwhile saw off stiff competition from Emirates GBR to take the last place in the Final alongside home town favorites New Zealand.


The fast and furious Final was one of the closest yet in SailGP, with plenty of tight crosses and lead changes between Canada and the Kiwis.

Season 3 // New Zealand Sail Grand Prix // Canada with New Zealand on finish line

Despite two errors, it was the Canadians who were fastest and soared over the finish line to glory.

It was a first ever event win for the Canada SailGP Team in Christchurch

It marked the first event win for the Canadian team and now means a total of five SailGP teams have picked up trophies throughout Season 3.

Season 3 // New Zealand Sail Grand Prix // Canada celebrate win in Christchurch on F50

The fleet will meet again at the Season 3 Grand Final in San Francisco where the ultimate champion of the season will be crowned following a million-dollar, three-boat showdown.