St George and Sutherland Shire sailing fans in for treat with return of Sydney SailGP to Sydney Harbour

Exciting: Sydney Sail GP will return to Sydney Harbour. Picture: Supplied
Exciting: Sydney Sail GP will return to Sydney Harbour. Picture: Supplied

Sailing fans in the St George district and Sutherland Shire will have the chance to take in the world's fastest and most exhilarating sail racing championship when it returns to Sydney Harbour later this month.

The Sydney SailGP, to be held on February 28 and 29, will feature Tom Slingsby and the Australian team as they begin their title defence.

A heart-pumping inaugural season saw Olympic hero Slingsby helm the Australia SailGP team to victory over China, France, Great Britain, Japan and the United States to take home the trophy and historic US$1 million championship prize.

Located on Shark Island, the SailGP 'Island Arena' will be the centre of the action, placing fans directly in the middle of the harbour with spectacular views of the world's only on-water grand prix.

The 2019 event attracted more than 22,000 spectators from 25 nations and reached 469 million people worldwide.

Australian spectators were the first in the world to witness the fastest, most technologically advanced catamarans ripping through the harbour. After Sydney, SailGP will head to San Francisco for the start of the US leg of the league's sophomore season.

"There was something very special about competing [last] year on Sydney Harbour, where we could hear the cheers and support from the home crowds on Shark Island and along the harbour," Slingsby said.

"I'm excited that Australians will get to witness first-hand the close and action-packed racing when we return to Sydney Harbour in February and I know our team has its sights set on a repeat victory for Australia."