BY APB Staff on 13 Dec 2022

The deal is a multi-year, national partnership


The New Zealand and Australia SailGP teams sail past spectators at the Race Village in Copenhagen. Photo: Bob Martin for SailGP

With under 100 days to go until the inaugural New Zealand Sail Grand Prix, SailGP has announced a multi-year, national partnership with Kiwi building supply company ITM. The partnership will see the building supply company become the Title Partner of the ITM New Zealand Sail Grand Prix in Christchurch next 18-19 March, as well as the ITM New Zealand Sail Grand Prix in Auckland the following year.

“We’re delighted to make our New Zealand debut on Whakaraupō, Lyttelton Harbour in just 100 days, and grateful for the support of ITM over upcoming seasons,” says Karl Budge, chief commercial officer and head of the New Zealand event. “It’s fantastic for us to have an established, multi-year relationship with such a respected Kiwi company and we can’t wait to bring the partnership to life this summer and beyond.”

ITM chief executive Darrin Hughes adds: “We’re proud to be behind the ITM New Zealand Sail Grand Prix events in Christchurch in 2023, and Auckland in 2024. The SailGP team is delivering a world-class event on our doorstep, leading the way in sustainability, innovation, and sports entertainment. The passion and dedication of SailGP aligns with the ITM purpose and values of commitment to community.”

The ITM New Zealand Sail Grand Prix in Christchurch will unfold over two action-packed days of racing on Whakaraupō, Lyttelton Harbour 18-19 March 2023. Then in Season 4, Auckland will stage the excitement as part of a multi-year hosting agreement between SailGP, ChristchurchNZ, Tātaki Auckland Unlimited and New Zealand Major Events.

Budge concludes: “For us, it’s about giving Kiwis more of the sport they love in a format they’ve never experienced before. Our long-term commitment to New Zealand gives us a unique opportunity to build a dedicated following and leave an enduring legacy in the host cities we visit. We’re delighted to have ITM along with us on that journey.”

With only two events to go before SailGP’s New Zealand debut, racing fans can catch Peter Burling, Blair Tuke and their New Zealand SailGP Team at the Singapore Sail Grand Prix, 14-15 January 2023 and in Sydney on 18-19 February, 2023.

New Zealand is currently second in the Season 3 leaderboard overall, just nine points behind frontrunners Australia.

Earlier this year, SailGP confirmed that the series is coming to Asia for the first time in 2023. Ten hydrofoiling catamarans will race for two podiums at Parkland Green in Singapore’s East Coast Park from 14-15 January 2023.

The Japan team were suspended from the hydorfoiling league ‘indefinitely’ in July, after the Nathan Outteridge-led team failed to make the starting line in the first two races of the season.