Published: Monday, 30 April 2018

The world’s most southerly superyacht regatta – the NZ Millennium Cup (January 30-February 2) – will be the first superyacht regatta to welcome in 2019 and has just released its notice of race.

Nz Millennium Cup Releases Notice Of Race 1 

(Photo: Jeff Brown)

“There’s no better place in the world to sail,” said 2018 New Zealand Millennium Cup winner Marcus Blackmore, owner of Ammonite as he accepted his prize in January this year.

The regatta will be raced in Northland’s Bay of Islands, with new and challenging courses introduced.

“Having been involved with most other superyacht regattas globally, I can honestly say that the 2018 Millennium Cup was the most enjoyable event I’ve ever done,” said Captain of this year’s entry, S/Y Sassafras, Tim Michalick.

“The organisation of the racing and evening events was second to none. We thoroughly look forward to taking part again.”

Former America's Cup principle race officer, Harold Bennett will return to lead the race committee with inventor of the ISYR rule, Jim Teeters handicapping the event.

With the 36th America’s Cup headed to New Zealand in 2021, organisers are predicting rapid growth of the regatta fleet over the next three years.

“We’re already receiving entry enquiries; not just for 2019, but 2020 and 2021,” says event organiser, Stacey Cook.

“The J Class Association has also accepted our invitation to race in 2021 and we know having the elegant classic yachts race alongside the NZ Millennium Cup will add an extra dimension to our racing.”