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Millennium Cup 2015 New Zealand

Millennium Cup 2015 New Zealand

New Zealand Millennium Cup officially begins

Regatta officially opens in the Bay of Islands, with welcome function setting the scene for the three days of racing ahead
The countdown to the 2015 edition of the New Zealand Millennium Cup is finally over. The event officially began today with a skipper’s briefing, followed by an official welcome function in picturesque Russell.
One of the most anticipated aspects of this year’s event has been the brand new location, with the regatta being hosted in the stunning Bay of Islands for the first time. Held in conjunction with the Bay of Islands Sailing Week, the seven participants of the Millennium Cup – Janice of Wyoming, Silvertip, Bliss, Sassafras, Silencio, Antaeus and Steinlager 2 – will make a spectacular sight as they join nearly ninety other yachts on the water for the three days of racing.
Welcoming skippers and owners to the pre-race briefing in the Opua Cruising Club, Ray Haslar, race officer for the joint events, gave the good news of a fine forecast, with clear weather and building breezes expected over the coming week.
The new surroundings did not disappoint with blue skies throughout the day setting the scene for the days ahead. As one of New Zealand’s most beautiful regions, the Bay of Islands is a popular cruising ground for superyachts and will make the ideal backdrop for racing. Many yachts had taken advantage of the day to make final preparations before racing begins, heading out for some practice race time and to fine-tune manoeuvres.
With the skipper’s briefing complete, the event was officially launched at the formal regatta Welcome Function. Held in Russell at the Duke of Marlborough, New Zealand’s oldest pub, the event saw owners, skippers, crew, media and industry members receive a traditional Maori welcome and blessing on the event, before enjoying some renowned Kiwi hospitality and beverages from Allan Scott Wines and Mt Gay RumMillennium Cup 2015 New Zealand
The new surroundings did not disappoint with blue skies throughout the day setting the scene for the days ahead. As one of New Zealand’s most beautiful regions, the Bay of Islands is a popular cruising ground for superyachts and will make the ideal backdrop for racing. Many yachts had taken advantage of the day to make final preparations before racing begins, heading out for some practice race time and to fine-tune manoeuvres.
With the skipper’s briefing complete, the event was officially launched at the formal regatta Welcome Function. Held in Russell at the Duke of Marlborough, New Zealand’s oldest pub, the event saw owners, skippers, crew, media and industry members receive a traditional Maori welcome and blessing on the event, before enjoying some renowned Kiwi hospitality and beverages from Allan Scott Wines and Mt Gay Rum.
Day One of racing, the Dubois Race Day, will commence at 11.30 on 21 January, with yachts eagerly awaiting the release of start times and handicaps at the pre-race skipper’s briefing. On completion of racing participants will enjoy a Taste of Bay of Islands Function at the 35º South Restaurant, Paihia, which will showcase the best the region has to offer.
Results from Day One will be sent out in a press release on completion of racing.Millennium Cup 2015 New Zealand
Held from the 21-23 January in New Zealand’s Bay of Islands, the New Zealand Millennium Cup is the South Pacific’s premier superyacht regatta offering fast-paced racing in exquisite surroundings. Organised by the NZ Marine Export Group, the regatta is complemented by a range of onshore hospitality events, and runs concurrently with New Zealand’s biggest domestic regatta; Bay of Islands Sailing Week, delivering an unbeatable atmosphere of camaraderie to overseas guests.
Held from the 21-23 January in New Zealand’s Bay of Islands, the New Zealand Millennium Cup is the South Pacific’s premier superyacht regatta offering fast-paced racing in exquisite surroundings. Organised by the NZ Marine Export Group, the regatta is complemented by a range of onshore hospitality events, and runs concurrently with New Zealand’s biggest domestic regatta; Bay of Islands Sailing Week, delivering an unbeatable atmosphere of camaraderie to overseas guests
The event is handicapped to ISYR by Jim Teeters, to ensure close-fought, fun racing. Competing yachts are 39.7m Janice of Wyoming and 33.8m Silvertip, both veterans of the event, who will be joined by first-time challengers 50m Silencio, 34.2m Sassafras and 37m Bliss. In a separate Pacific Division, well-known local boats Steinlager 2 and Antaeus will go head to head.

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by Isla McKechnie of Albatross PR

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