The dates have been set, the courses are being finalised and the 2015 New Zealand Millennium Cup is lining up to be one of the best editions of the superyacht regatta, yet. For the first time, 2015's Millennium Cup will be held in conjunction with the Bay of Islands Sailing Week.
Feedback from captains and owners and owners who participated in 2013’s regatta was overwhelmingly positive; they heaped praise on the competitive local crew and ethos of the event.
“It’s a fun regatta with a competitive edge. You don’t need to spend thousands flying in rock-star crew, there are plenty of world class guys locally who will jump at the chance to help you get round the track in one piece,” said Captain Blair Macleod of S/Y Silvertip.
Gerhard Ruether, captain and owner of S/Y Zefiro, enjoyed the change of pace compared to his more usual haunts of Mediterranean and Caribbean regattas.
“We had a lot of fun. The regatta was well organised and the atmosphere easy and pleasant. I would recommend any captain and/or owner planning cruises in the Pacific to arrange to visit the beautiful country New Zealand as a must and organise their stay timewise, so that participation in the Millennium Cup is not missed.”
Drawing attention to New Zealand’s beautiful cruising grounds, skilled workforce and innovative industry, we’re looking forward to delivering an event which showcases the best of our superyacht sector in a laid-back, recognisably-Kiwi style. A key focus of the regatta is to encourage extended cruising within the country, and the committee will be working closely with the wider industry to ensure yachts are aware of the diversity New Zealand waters present, as well as the opportunity for world-leading refit and repair services.
“Incorporating the New Zealand Millennium Cup in a vibrant and well-run regatta offers another attraction for a superyacht to visit New Zealand and maybe stay longer,” says Peter Busfield, CEO of NZ Marine Export Group.
“We also envisage a flow-on benefit to Auckland and beyond from a larger number of superyachts and other cruising yachts visiting the Bay of Islands,” says Busfield.
The Cup’s committee is looking forward to reinforcing the event’s reputation as the premier superyacht regatta in the Pacific. The Cup will run from 21 to 23 January in conjunction with the Bay of Islands Sailing Week. Sheltered anchorages have been reserved for superyachts at Opua.