SailGP’s much-anticipated return to New Zealand is underway - we round up five things to watch out for when racing gets underway in Christchurch.

Nathan Outteridge takes the wheel of Switzerland

Season 4 // Nathan Outteridge at Christchurch press conference

In one of the most talked about twists of the season so far, former Japan driver Nathan Outteridge has been handed the wheel of the Switzerland F50 for the rest of the season while co-driver Sebastien Schneiter focuses on other commitments. After returning to the circuit to sub in and drive ROCKWOOL DEN and New Zealand respectively at the past two events, Outteridge said he is keen to build consistency in the Swiss team. Could a podium position lie ahead for the Swiss?

Can Canada triumph again in Christchurch?

Season 4 // Canada F50 underway in Christchurch training

It may be New Zealand’s home event, but Canada driver Phil Robertson, also a proud Kiwi, has thrown down the gauntlet and announced his ambition to defend the team’s Season 3 win. Could the team bounce back from Sydney’s technical issues to triumph in New Zealand again?

Peter Burling returns to New Zealand

Season 4 // Peter Burling at Christchurch press conference

New Zealand driver Peter Burling returns to the Kiwi F50 at home after missing Sydney’s event for the birth of his child. Burling has made clear his intention to win at home, but plenty of rivals stand in his way. Could Canada repeat its Season 3 triumph in New Zealand, or will Tom Slingsby’s Australia rise to the top of the fleet once again?

Will Australia best New Zealand at home?

Season 3 // New Zealand Sail Grand Prix // AUS vs NZL

Australia comes to New Zealand fresh from securing its first Season 4 win at home in Sydney. Will the momentum of that euphoric win carry the Aussies on to consecutive victories?

Windy conditions lie ahead

Season 4 // USA crashes into water in Christchurch training

With a windy forecast, Christchurch promises the breeziest conditions of the season so far. Will the crews rise to the occasion and master the wind, or will the fresher conditions result in boat on boat situations and near misses?

The ITM New Zealand Sail Grand Prix | Christchurch takes place on March 23-24, with racing from 15:00 NZDT.