A cruise, a thrilling race and Sydney Harbor – it’s as exciting as it gets


This weekend I discovered a whole new sport – and a great way to recreate what it feels like to be on a cruise ship.

Our Saturday afternoon was spent watching SailGP – the grand prix of fast sailing and a worldwide phenomenon – aboard Captain Cook’s Sydney2000. And it was a revelation.

SailGP catamarans can fly over the water at 96 km / h in an incredible, spectacular adrenaline rush that ended in an Australian victory and a spectacular crash in which the British team had to hand over their hull to the Japanese, who quickly rebuilt their boat and sailed to!

It was two days of pure sport with teams from eight nations vying for a million dollar purse astride the world’s fastest sailboat, the F50.

They are very fast and climb on hydrofoils and boars to create unprecedented speed while their crew use winches to move the sails in the axis of the wind. As they passed the Sydney2000 you hear the roar of the mills and the whistle of the sails and rigging. Everyone on board was cheering, creating a great atmosphere easily as uplifting as Royal Randwick.

Strategy is paramount as teams fight to steal the wind and position.

Captain Cook had two spectator boats – both sold well and offered fabulous viewing positions – so good, in fact, that we were able to cheer on Australian Captain and America’s Cup tactician Tom Slingsby and his crew. of four people as they sailed to victory.

And while they worked hard for their place in the American final in 2022, we… well… had lunch. And it was very good too!

In fact, like a cruise we booked, win while the government sorts the confusing Australian cruise ships.

How does SailGP work?

The events take place over two days, with six races scheduled for each Sailing Grand Prix; five fleet races and the final.

The five fleet races involve all eight teams, with points awarded to each team based on their final position. SailGP fleet races last around 15 minutes each – so no boring parts.

The final race is the final – in which the three highest-ranked teams in the event standings compete to be crowned event champions.

In this case, Australia, Spain and the United States with Australia the big winner and the best place for the prize in March in America.

“Right now the championship is up for grabs for Tommy,” said Jimmy Spithill, driver for the US team that will race on national waters in San Francisco in March.

“It’s great for us to be an outsider when we come to San Francisco… trust me. This is the great thing about sports; favorites don’t always win.

SailGP’s goal is to demonstrate that clean energy – in this case wind – doesn’t have to be boring and just as exciting as a motor vehicle sport.

They certainly showed it in Sydney Harbor this weekend.

The race will be back and Captain Cook will back it up – but no one is sure when.

Meanwhile, Captain Cook has a great summer event schedule, including:

  • new year’s eve
  • January 2: Elevate – An Australian premiere, ELEVATE SkyShow will feature 500 choreographed drones above the Sydney Cove Natural Amphitheater, and combine with Sydney’s most iconic landmarks to create a dazzling light show.
  • Australia Day January 26 – all the amazing shows on this special day, from the ferrython to the flyover.
  • Vivid Sydney May 27 – June 18 – a kaleidoscope of light reflecting off the water in all directions.

To find out more, visit: Captaincook.com.au