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New Zealand secures four seasons of global sailing race

The New Zealand government will invest up to 5.4 million NZ dollars (3.66 million U.S. dollars) over four years to host this event.

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Wellington: New Zealand has secured a four-year deal to bring the new high-tech global sailing competition SailGP to its shores.

The Lyttleton Harbor in Christchurch will host the first Sail Grand Prix season ever held in New Zealand. This will be part of Season 3, to be held across 10 countries and regions during the 2022-23 season.

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Auckland and Christchurch will then host alternate races in the following seasons, Economic and Regional Development Minister Stuart Nash said on Wednesday.

“SailGP is one of the most exciting sailing races on the global sports calendar. We are delighted to win hosting rights for seasons three to six over the next four years,” Nash said in a statement.

“We can’t wait to see the fleet of hydro-foiling F50 catamarans in action here,” Nash said, adding there is a keen international competition to be part of this event, and the selection of Lyttleton Harbor in Christchurch and Auckland is testament to New Zealand’s reputation for successfully hosting world-class sporting events.

SailGP is still a comparatively new event but has strong Kiwi connections, he said, adding New Zealand’s team is headed by Olympic and America’s Cup champions Peter Burling and Blair Tuke.

The New Zealand government will invest up to 5.4 million NZ dollars (3.66 million U.S. dollars) over four years to host this event.
“The races will bring significant economic benefits and opportunities to celebrate our unique culture on the global stage,” Nash said, adding this is a brilliant opportunity to promote New Zealand’s tourism industry.

Wednesday’s announcement coincides with the release of SailGP’s Season 3 calendar which so far includes races in Bermuda, the United States, Britain, Denmark, France, Spain and Dubai.

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