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Sail GP is bringing an event to Halifax for their 2024 season. Photo: Sail GP Media Files.

HRM prepares for world-class sailing this weekend

By Caitlin Snow May 28, 2024 | 5:01 PM

You can expect the Halifax waterfront to be filled with action over the weekend.

SailGP is only days away and the city is busy preparing.

HRM says over 1,000 athletes, team members and families are coming to town for the sailing competition.

Ten teams from across the globe will race 50-foot catamarans, which can reach up to 100 km/h, in the Rockwool Sail Grand Prix.

Races happen June 1st and 2nd from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. both days.

HRM says to be prepared for lots of traffic around downtown and a pause on ferry crossings every day from 2-6p.m. during the races.

How to watch

If you plan on watching, tickets for the grandstand sold out in six minutes, but you will be able to view the action from anywhere along the waterfront.

City council has also approved a request for two helicopters to fly over the race and broadcast above the harbour.

There are also “bring your own boat” tickets. People can sail into the exclusion zone in the harbour, with a flag provided by SailGP, and watch from what they say is the best vantage point.

However, there will be no public access to the SailGP site at Kings Wharf during the competition and no drones can fly over the event space.

Party atmosphere

The downtown core will be hopping, with live concerts for the Argyle Street Shore Party.

This will include performances from Juno winners Neon Dreams, Ria Mae, Adam Baldwin, Jenny Wren and Rankin MacInnis and more.

It’s free for all ages, starting at 6:30 p.m. every evening.

-With files from Jacob Moore