Published: Friday, 07 July 2017

NZ Millennium Cup has announced the line up of its sponsors and entries for its 2018 edition.

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(Photos: Mark Sims / NZ Millennium Cup - Farfella)

Cup defender Tawera, will return to campaign again for her title when racing begins on January 23, with a host of other yachts ready to join her.

Captain Richard Chadburn of 2017 entry, S/Y Farfalla, said: “The Cup has a lovely balance of beautiful scenery and interesting courses. It’s very similar to Sardinia in its topography but the event is more like one of the earlier superyacht regattas, in that it’s cosy and familiar and fun. It’s hard not to come away with good memories; the close community of people who put this event on are very passionate about it and that shows.”

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Sponsors have been quick to return to the regatta with the majority of 2017 sponsors already onboard for 2018, including platinum sponsor Orams Marine, which enjoyed a busy season including preparing competitors for 2017’s regatta, and is anticipating more of the same in the year to come.

Orams Marine’s Craig Park said: “We’re seeing larger yachts undertaking more technically-demanding work; a trend which is increasing as the regatta and other attraction initiatives take effect.”

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(Designer Ron Holland checks out the courses with organisers)

Long time supporter of the regatta, Smuggler Marine, has also returned to the regatta as a gold sponsor, alongside Doyle Sails New Zealand and Bay of Islands Marina. They are joined by silver sponsors Onfire Design, Breed Media, and COAST New Zealand.

Held at the Bay of Islands, the regatta is headed by the NZ Marine Export Group and a dedicated committee.

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The regatta is designed to highlight the importance of the superyacht sector in New Zealand’s marine industry, as well as showcase some of the country’s most visually-striking cruising grounds. It’s the world’s southernmost superyacht regatta and is raced over four days using the ISYR by Jim Teeters.