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ITM New Zealand Sail Grand Prix | Christchurch

Watching From The Water

During The ITM New Zealand Sail Grand Prix | Christchurch

What You Need To Know Before Heading Out On The Water

Watching the racing from the water during the ITM New Zealand Sail Grand Prix | Christchurch is an incredible opportunity for boat owners, however there are important restrictions in place for all on water use during the weekend.

What Boat Users Need To Know:

Launching your boat

Both the Naval Point public boat ramp and the public boat ramp near Stark’s Engineering will be closed for a brief period in the days leading up to and during the ITM New Zealand Sail Grand Prix | Christchurch. Other boat ramps in the area are extremely limited, with no parking for trailer boats surrounding the ramps or in Lyttelton.

As such, ONLY those with their boat already on the water or with the ability to launch their boat elsewhere (outside of the public boat ramps where access is not guaranteed and have limited capacity) should purchase the bring-your-own-boat premium pass.

Getting to and from Lyttelton

On-water spectators must be aware of and plan for road closures and restrictions. These will be put in place around midday on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 March 2023 and lifted around 6pm each day. Proposed road closures will restrict access to Lyttelton for all motor vehicles without access passes, with roads blocked from Sumner and Governors Bay. There will be no access to Lyttelton via Tunnel Road at Port Hills Road and parking in Lyttelton will be extremely limited. At all times, vehicles will be able to leave Lyttelton through the tunnel, and emergency vehicles access will be preserved.

For more information about the plan, see the Traffic Management Details page.

Bring Your Own Boat Premium Pass Information

As shown in the map below, bring-your-own-boat premium holders will be allowed access within the designated exclusion zone, just metres from the course. 

All bring-your-own-boat premium holders will be issued a flag to display on their boat, so that they are identifiable. Any other boats on the harbour without a flag will be held outside of the exclusion zone.

Bring-your-own-boat premium includes:

  • Exclusive access to both days of racing
  • Preferred positioning inside the exclusion zone and/or directly next to a turning mark
  • Souvenir flag to fly on your boat, delivered to your home address
  • Live race commentary over VHF
  • SailGP will offset your carbon footprint for each race day

Buy now: bring-your-own boat premium

With an extremely limited number of bring-your-own-boat premium spots up for grabs, purchase your flag today to avoid disappointment in March.

Recreational boats 30 - 50 feet - buy now on Ticketek
Recreational boats 51 - 75 feet - buy now on Ticketek
Recreational boats larger than 76 feet - send us an enquiry form below
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SailGP race route

Boat User Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why will the Naval Point and Stark’s Engineering public boat ramps be closed in the lead up to and during the New Zealand Sail Grand Prix | Christchurch?

During the ITM New Zealand Sail Grand Prix | Christchurch, Naval Point will be transformed into a vibrant event village, accompanied by a technical area for visiting teams and operations. As such, the Naval Point public boat ramp will be closed to ensure health and safety and mitigate issues of congestion on a busy, working site.

The boat ramp near Stark’s Engineering will also be closed. This ramp is behind a proposed road closure, limiting its access, and also has limited parking so will be closed to the public to mitigate potential issues of congestion.

 

How long will the Naval Point and Stark’s Engineering public boat ramps be closed?

  • Naval Point public boat ramp - closed Wed 15 March - Wed 22 March 2023
  • Stark’s Engineering boat ramp - closed Wed 15 March- Wed 22 March 2023
  • Cass Bay, Sandy Bay, Charteris Bay, Purau Bay ramps and on water access - extremely limited access 16 March – 19 March 2023.

 

With the Naval Point public boat ramp and Stark’s Engineering boat ramp closed, where else can I launch my boat during the ITM New Zealand Sail Grand Prix | Christchurch?

During the ITM New Zealand Sail Grand Prix | Christchurch, most surrounding boat ramps, including Cass Bay, Sandy Bay, Charteris Bay and the Sumner ramp will not be suitable for large numbers of on-water users. This is due to limited parking, tide dependency and other factors.

There is no guarantee of launching at the open public boat ramps and access will be at a first-come-first-served basis, as per normal operation at these ramps. Enforcement will be in place at all ramps to manage the flow of vehicles and ensure on-water users do not create issues of parking or congestion.

If you have missed out on tickets to the event and don’t have private access to the water, the best place to watch the racing is from the central city live site. The big screen will be showing all the action across both days, and there will be a vibrant atmosphere with food, drink and other entertainment.

 

Will I be issued with a vehicle access pass to accompany my bring-your-own-boat premium ticket?

In order to mitigate issues of parking and congestion, bring-your-own-boat premium passholders will not be issued a vehicle access pass to go through the road closures. Bring-your-own-boat premium users must already be on the water, and not be relying on access to a public boat ramp in Lyttelton.

If you have further questions or wish to discuss your unique requirements, please contact hello@sailgpnzl.com

 

I’m planning to bring guests on my boat, how will they access Lyttelton?

During both days of the ITM New Zealand Sail Grand Prix | Christchurch, road closures will restrict access to Lyttelton for all motor vehicles, with roads blocked from Sumner and Governors Bay. There will be no access to Lyttelton via Tunnel Road at Port Hills Road and parking in Lyttelton will be extremely limited. As such, we encourage your guests to carpool with you, take public transport or take a taxi.

 

Where can I learn more about proposed traffic management measures during the ITM New Zealand Sail Grand Prix?

For more information about the plan, see the Traffic Management Details page.

 

Where can I find more information about local regulations and requirements?

Like any major harbour and working port, there are unique regulations and requirements for transient boats to be aware of in Lyttelton, including the requirement for all vessels larger than 130 feet to have a pilot and designated areas where anchoring is not permitted (shown in the map above).

Boat users can learn more about relevant regulations and bylaws relating to recreational boating in Canterbury via the Harbourmaster’s Office website. If you have additional queries, please contact hello@sailgpnzl.com to discuss with our on-water operations team.

 

Will there be any free on-water viewing during the ITM New Zealand Sail Grand Prix | Christchurch?

The bring-your-own-boat premium pass is the only way to watch the ITM New Zealand Sail Grand Prix | Christchurch from within the exclusion zone on Whakaraupō, Lyttelton Harbour. All other vessels will be held outside the exclusion zone.

 

I am planning to watch from outside the exclusion zone, what do I need to know?

All boats without a bring-your-own-boat premium flag will be positioned outside the exclusion zone on Whakaraupō, Lyttelton Harbour.

Boat users should also be aware that parking will be extremely limited in Lyttelton and at boat ramps outside of Naval Point. Road closures - in place from midday on both days of the ITM New Zealand Sail Grand Prix (Sat 18 - Sun 19 March) will also restrict access for all vehicles except those with an access pass.

For more information about the plan, see the Traffic Management Details page.

 

I missed out on tickets and can’t launch my vessel, where else can I watch the ITM New Zealand Sail Grand Prix?

During the ITM New Zealand Sail Grand Prix | Christchurch, the city centre is the place to be with an action-packed live site on the grassy area in front of Te Pae. On both race days, this area will include live racing on the big screen, food, beverage and entertainment. Learn more at christchurchnz.com/sailgp.

Racing will be available live and on-demand on Sky Sport NZ. Learn more at sailgp.com

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