Published: Friday, 20 January 2017

New Zealand’s Bay of Islands will play host to a fleet of eight superyachts gathering to race in the world’s most southerly superyacht regatta – New Zealand Millennium Cup (Jan 24-27) across challenging courses which weave through a cruising ground of uninhabited islets and emerald waters. The race will see repeat campaigners face off against new entries in the race for the title. 

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(Photos: NZ Millennium Cup - Janice of Wyoming)

The New Zealand Millennium Cup is organised by the NZ Marine Export Group and a group of dedicated New Zealand superyacht figures. The organisers have welcomed a number of sponsors on board, including platinum sponsor Orams Marine, and gold sponsors Smuggler Marine, Far North Holdings, Doyle Sails New Zealand and Yachting Developments. Silver sponsors include OnFire Design, Breed Media, Coast New Zealand, Events Clothing and Southern Spars/North Sails.

2016 winner Alloy Yachts-build Tawera (ex Catalyst) will again join the fleet, with Owners Mike and Tracy Mahoney ready to race hard to keep the title belonging to their 28-metre yacht.

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Fellow Alloy Yachts-build 40-metre Janice of Wyoming has been competing in the last five regattas. The Ed Dubois-design yacht was launched in 2005 and has sailed all over the globe, but her familiarity with New Zealand waters, her Cup experience, and her fiercely competitive crew mean she’s one to watch on the water.

Built by gold sponsor Yachting Developments, 33.8-metre Silvertip is a high-performance sloop launched in 2002 to much fanfare – winning both the International Superyacht Society Award and the Showboats Design Award for Best Sailing Yacht upon her launch.

The three new entries of Pumula, Cavallo and Farfalla won’t make it easy on the experienced campaigners though. The name of 37-metre Pumula, may mean rest in Zulu, but the Royal Huisman is sure to show a strong turn of speed on the course.

Southern Wind’s 31.78m Farfalla is a yacht built for performance which will cut a sleek figure amongst the boats on the Bay, while high speed, carbon performance yacht 43-metre Cavallo is sure to thrill spectators.

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Steinlager 2 is set to thrill local crowds, as she races around the course in top condition after her extensive 2014 refit with gold sponsor Yachting Developments.

Joining her in the Pacific Division is returning 2015 entry Antaeus. The yacht’s Owner and crew thoroughly enjoy the chance to support the NZ Marine Export Group, while sailing alongside superyachts in the magnificent Bay of Islands. She, along with Steinlager 2, will have a wardrobe of Doyle New Zealand sails to see her around the course.