Sip, SailGP and Dine

Sip, SailGP and Dine
From AUD $175.00
  • Duration: 120 Minutes (approx.)
  • Location: Rose Bay, NSW

Pilgrim Sailing and the Empire Lounge is offering a spectacular way to experience the inaugural SailGP challenge on Sydney Harbour on 15th and 16 February 2019.  

The package includes approximately 2 hours on board Pilgrim watching the fleet racing around Shark Island.  During the races you'll enjoy a selection of Tamburlaine Organic Wines and Young Henry brews and a local cheese platter.  After the racing you'll return to Rose Bay for a two course dinner at the Empire Lounge (at the Sydney Seaplanes terminal) in the hub of the SailGP action.


SailGP is sailing redefined. Established in 2018 and headquartered in London and San Francisco, SailGP is an annual, global sports league featuring bold, cutting-edge technology and awe-inspiring athleticism. The fan-centric, inshore racing takes place in some of the most iconic harbors around the globe with Sydney Harbour hosting the inaugural event in February 2019. Rival national teams battle it out in identical supercharged F50 catamarans, engineered for intense racing at electrifying speeds exceeding 50 knots (nearly 60 mph/100 kph). 


SailGP will utilize short-format, inshore stadium racing to maximize impact and excitement. Each grand prix will include two competition days featuring a total of five fleet races leading to a final match race between the two leaders. Points will be accumulated in each race throughout the season, culminating with a final match race between the top two teams for the SailGP Championship, with a USD $1 million purse and trophy presented to the winning team.


The six teams for the inaugural SailGP season feature some of the best young talent in the sport, with more than a few accomplished veterans sprinkled across the crew lists as well. With a strong nationality component to the circuit, many of the sailing teams are 100% national and feature Olympic stars, match race tour champions and America’s Cup winners. SailGP is a best-on-best competition and the talent pool reflects that ethos. Talented, athletic and hyper-competitive, the sailors comprise some of the top athletes in our sport. And each will be pushed to their limits and beyond as they seek glory on the top circuit in sailing.

Teams are Great Britain, Australia, United States, France, China and Japan.


Friday 15th February - 4 - 6pm

Saturday 16th February 3 - 5 pm


The F50 is a revolutionary new concept in sailboat racing. A showcase of cutting-edge technology developed over the past 10 years.

Powered by a 24-meter wingsail and flying above the water on hydrofoils, the F50 marks a huge step forward. The new upgrades are expected to produce a 15 percent performance gain across most racing conditions compared to the AC50 class of 2017. 

The F50 is predicted to exceed 50 knots of boat speed.  [More information on website]

F50 Critical Stats:

  • Strict one-design, development class rule 
  • Length overall: 15 meters 
  • Beam (width): 8.8 meters (including appendages) 
  • Wing Height: currently 24 meters, evolving to a 18m heavy air wing and a 28m light air wing 
  • Crew: 5, consisting of helmsman, wing-trimmer, flight controller and two grinders 
  • Crew weight limit: 438 kilograms (average of 87.5 kg per sailor) 
  • Top speed: 53 knots 
  • On board cameras: 3 
  • On board microphones: 3

[Information sourced from website.]

Highlights of the Package

  • Experience the SailGP inaugural event on Sydney Harbour close to the action
  • Personal and intimate experience on board Pilgrim with a small number of guests.
  • Enjoy a selection of Tamburlaine Organic Wines or Premium beers and a delicious cheese platter while watching the racing
  • Two course dinner at Empire Lounge with complimentary beverage after the racing
  • Spectacular views of Sydney Harbour as the sun goes down from the Empire Lounge


Friday 15th February - depart Rose Bay at 3.45pm.  Return approximately 6.15pm

Saturday 16th February - depart Rose Bay at 2.45 pm.  Return approximately 5.15pm

[Times to be confirmed]

Pick up/Drop off

Departing from Rose Bay Public Wharf, ROSE BAY. Rose Bay Public Wharf is next to the Rose Bay Ferry Wharf, Lyne Park off New South Head Road.

Please arrive promptly so we depart the dock on time and don't keep other guests waiting.

After the cruise, Pilgrim will return to Rose Bay Public Wharf at Rose Bay a stones throw away from the Empire Lounge where your dinner is booked.

Menu for Dine Package at the Empire Lounge (after the racing)

Select one from the following:


Charred kale salad with avocado, sugar snap peas and ginger vinaigrette

  • Add crispy pork belly
  • Add house smoked salmon

Quinoa, shaved brussels, chopped herbs, currants, almonds and rocket salad with pomegranate vinaigrette

  • Add crispy pork belly
  • Add house smoked salmon

Pan fried snapper with curried potato cakes, smashed edamame and heirloom tomato romesco 

Yellow curry of barramundi with brown rice, cucumber pickles and coconut sambal

Roast of the day with crispy chat potatoes, sugar snap peas and veal jus

Crumbed Jew fish burger with side potatoes and spiced yoghurt

SANDWICHES Served with crisps and pickles:  Philly cheese steak or Croque monsieur

followed by 


Smashed pavlova with fresh Australian mango or Dessert special of the day

Also includes glass of house wine, prosecco or beer.

Please note we have a minimum of six guests for the #Sip,SailGP and Dine.

If we do not have sufficient numbers we will provide a full refund or a reschedule option on one of our regular Sip&Sail Twilight Cruises

What to wear/bring

  • Flat white soled shoes 
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Spray jacket
  • Something warm (just in case)

If you are wearing unsuitable shoes you will be asked to remove them.