The South Pacific’s superyacht regatta is now open for entries, with the regatta to be raced in Auckland next year from 23-26 February.
New Zealand’s Millennium Cup is open for entries after the release of the notice of race this week.
With the announcement last month it would be raced in Auckland in 2024, early competitors have signed up already prior to the release of the Notice of Race.
The captain of one of those early entries, Matt Lovett of S/Y Sassafras, is looking forward to competing on Auckland waters.
“The team on Sassafras is excited at the prospect of racing in the New Zealand Millennium Cup after a two year hiatus. The Waitemata Harbour and Hauraki Gulf offer a world-class sailing venue, with the backdrop of the City of Sails, home of the holder of the America’s Cup. We look forward to competing with visiting yachts and crews, to make the New Zealand Millennium Cup 2024 the best yet.”
The regatta’s notice of race release adds to a resurgence of superyacht activity in the South Pacific which includes industry events across Tahiti and Fiji, and growing numbers of the superyacht fleet forecast to arrive in the next seasons.
Sponsors are also returning to the race, with Platinum sponsor Orams Marine once again joining the regatta. The central Auckland shipyard has recently completed a multi-year upgrade equipping it to haul out the largest world cruising yachts for refit and maintenance. This has included the addition of two strikingly-large superyacht buildings, able to accommodate yachts within the slings of an 820 tonne travel lift for covered work in a controlled environment.
The entry form and Notice of Race are available online now at millenniumcup.com. The regatta is comprised of New Zealand Millennium Cup, Multihull, and Corinthian divisions, with the role of principle race office, filled by Harold Bennett.
For more information see millenniumcup.com or find regatta representatives in Tahiti in late July, Fiji from 22-26 August, and at all major European yacht shows
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