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Drop Everything, An Epic Sailing Event Is Taking Over Sydney Harbour In February

By Jess Willemse
11th Feb 2020

If sun-soaked days, action-packed sailing and spectacular soirées in and around Sydney’s iconic harbour sound like your idea of paradise, cancel your plans because we’ve found the summer event for you. 

SailGP is back for another electric competition. Kicking off February 28–29, the event will be taking over Sydney Harbour with a slew of the world's fastest sail racing boats. Seven countries, including our very own Aussie team (and 2019 champions), led by Olympic gold medalist Tom Slingsby, compete for a casual million-dollar prize. From Shark Island soirées to luxury on-water excursions, we’ve discovered the best spots to settle in and catch all of the action—bubbles in hand, of course. 

Score Cocktails And Front-Row Seats At Shark Island 

Jet off from the Man O'War Steps in the CBD because you’re bound for drinks, dancing and private island vibes. Located in the centre of all the action, you’ll score front row, 360-degree views of the racing at Shark Island. Plus, if you opt for the premium experience—we highly recommend it—you’ll also enjoy a ‘Gram-worthy gourmet picnic hamper from Pop Up Picnic to chow down on among the excitement. The island also boasts an open bar, big screens and DJs throughout the event. Ready to race? Grab your tickets here

Sail Away With A Luxury Cruise 

Get your heart racing on the water with a cruise on an open-top boat, where you'll be front row for all the high-speed action—we're talking waterproof mascara ladies because the odd splash is not uncommon here. Going all-in on the premium option means you’ll be offered exclusive viewing and reserved seating aboard the super-cruiser Sydney 2000, mouth-watering onboard buffet dining and, of course, a fully kitted-out open bar. Gear up in your glad rags and score your tickets to this summer must-do here

Peek Behind The Scenes 

If you or your crew are here for more than just thrills and canapes, you can fully geek-out on a behind the scenes look at the SailGP technical base on Cockatoo Island. Book yourself in for an exclusive Behind The Scenes Tour of the 'pit lane garages'. Here, the athletes and teams kit out the world's fastest sail-racing boats, the F50s, alongside expert commentary from one of the sailing athletes. This would make the perfect gift for any serious tech, sports or boat-lover in your life.  

Go All-In And Hire A Private Yacht

Looking to be awarded best boss of the year or planning a memorable soirée for some special people? Why not go all-in and hire a luxury private yacht, where your party will be set to the backdrop of the city’s epic views, iconic landmarks and an exhilarating sport. You’ll also score exclusive access to Australia SailGP Team experiences, a concierge service and VIP SailGP hospitality—meaning this event will certainly be one to remember. Keen to get on it? Spots are super limited, head here for all the info you need. 

Bring Your Own 

No, we’re not talking about BYO wine—although we’re here for that too. If you’re an avid boatie, you can bring your own boat to get up close and personal with the racing this year. All you need to do is register your boat and the SailGP team will help you find the best position on the harbour for race day. Rally the crew and pack a boozy picnic hamper because this is one day on the water you don’t want to miss. 

The Details 

What: SailGP Season 2 Kick-Off
When: February 29–29, 2020
Where: Sydney Harbour 
Score your tickets

Editor’s note: This article is sponsored by SailGP and proudly endorsed by Urban List. To find out more about who we work with and why read our editorial policy here.

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