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ITM New Zealand Sail Grand Prix | Christchurch

So Much More Than Thrills On The Water

Ōtautahi, Christchurch was the host city for the inaugural ITM New Zealand Sail Grand Prix on Whakaraupō, Lyttelton Harbour 18 - 19 March 2023. The spectacular close-to-shore racing was witnessed by 15,000 people at Naval Point and another 4500 at the central city live site.

Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke Rāpaki hold guardianship over the harbour and worked closely with SailGP and ChristchurchNZ to bring the event to life. The sold-out event left a legacy of benefits for Christchurch, from inspirational programmes for youth to improved infrastructure, strengthened cultural partnerships and new initiatives in conservation and sustainably-focused business. Thanks to all the community partners and stakeholders who made this event such a success and we look forward to bringing you the event again in 2025.

Port Hills Planting

SailGP And Ngāti Wheke Help Heal The Land To Help Heal The Water

The first SailGP Purpose Project will help restore a wetland at Rāpaki.

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SailGP Champions For Change

Christchurch And SailGP Are Champions For Positive Change

At the heart of SailGP’s vision towards a better sport and a better planet is its global thought leadership programme, Champions for Change. Taking place the day before the race weekend, the flagship event was a highlight of the SailGP programme here in Ōtautahi Christchurch.

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Sail GP Womens Pathway

SailGP Is Breaking Boundaries For Female Athletes

A highlight during event week of the ITM New Zealand Sail Grand Prix | Christchurch was Breaking Boundaries, an evening with SailGP Women’s Pathway athletes.

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SailGP Inspire Event At Lincoln University

SailGP And Lincoln University Spark Sporting Inspiration

An alumni event at Lincoln University was an additional element of the SailGP Inspire Programme here in Christchurch and a major highlight of the event week.

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Waka At SailGP

SailGP A Vessel For Cultural Partnerships

When the expected local and global broadcast audience of more than 50 million people tune in to watch the ITM New Zealand SailGP Grand Prix | Christchurch, one of the first things they will see is a beautifully carved waka leading out the hi-tech, high-flying F50 catamarans on Whakaraupō, Lyttelton Harbour.

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Sail GP Foil Boarding

Local Youth Get In On The SailGP Action

Launched in the league’s inaugural season in 2019, Inspire is SailGP’s community, education and outreach pillar — driven by the belief that sailing can be a force for good, powered by nature and driven by purpose.

Be Inspired By Local Youth

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