Sydney Sail GP
Time Out says
Sip wine on Shark Island (or on the water) while watching the world’s fastest sailing boats zip by
The world’s fastest sail racing championship is returning to Sydney Harbour in February. Olympic champion Tom Slingsby and Team Australia will be fighting to defend their 2019 title in the SailGP as they race against six rival nations.
There are a few ways you can get yourself a front-row seat to the action, and all of these options include the opportunity to sip on your favourite rosé while snacking at a picnic as you watch high-performance F50 foiling catamarans whiz by on the beautiful harbour waters.
SailGP’s Island Arena at the centre of the harbour on Shark Island offers spectacular views of the action (from $140), or you can hop on a spectator boat from Captain Cook Cruises on the race’s perimeter (from $112). Alternatively, opt for BYOB (bring your own boat) or charter a luxury yacht from Adrenaline Yachts for the ultimate luxe experience.
If you simply must have it both ways, there is a two-day experience package where you can watch the race from the island one day and from the water another. Hungry for more? Behind the scenes tours of the SailGP technical area on Cockatoo Island will be led three times a day by professional sailing athletes.
The race will set sail on the weekend of February 28 to 29, with the behind the scenes tours taking place between February 17 to 27. Last year, the Sydney leg of this international competition attracted more than 22,000 spectators from 25 countries, so make sure you secure the best views if you're keen to join the throng this season.