Published: Friday, 27 October 2017

With notice of race released, the New Zealand Millennium Cup (January 23-26) welcomes its first-time entrant Ammonite, the Southern Wind-built yacht which is a Royal Namuka Yacht Club member in Tonga. She will be carrying the club’s founder Don McIntyre in the Cup.

Ammonite Joins New Zealand Millennium Cup 2

(Photo: New Zealand Millennium Cup)

“We will have a crack crew assembled for the Cup including Olympians Matt Belcher and Will Ryan, who are current 470 world champions. We are still learning about the yacht after only three regattas, and we are keen to do well and really looking forward to being in the Bay of Islands,” said Ammonite owner, Marcus Blackmore.

Ammonite will be joined by Tawera, Janice of Wyoming and Silvertip, alongside Royal Huisman-built Sassafras.

Silvertip cuts a sleek figure on Millennium Cup courses and her owner is looking forward to returning to the race. 

"We have raced the Millennium Cup multiple times with Silvertip since its first edition in 2000, and won it twice. It is always a special event which deserves much more success,” said the 34m’s owner.

“Racing in the Bay of Islands surrounded by a dolphin pod playing at the bow is always a treat. The organisation is flawless, the scenery second to none and the racing quite competitive. Any superyacht cruising in the Pacific should make a point of doing the Mill Cup.”

This year’s Cup will be raced under the auspices of Russell Boating Club, with the ISYR’s Jim Teeters controlling handicapping.

Central Auckland shipyard, Orams Marine returns as platinum sponsor of the event, with many of the yachts competing carrying hallmarks of the yard’s work.

Two media sponsors – Australian superyacht magazine Ocean Media and European Boat International – have lined up to be involved.

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