Cup clash

The NZ Millennium Cup’ notice of race for 2021 has just been released and the response has been quick with big names in superyacht regattas quickly entering.

12 March 2020

Dates are set for the 2021 NZ Millennium Cup, with the regatta going ahead from 15-18 February, coinciding with the Americas’ Cup Challenger series.

The global yachting world will head to New Zealand in 2021, with a calendar full of spectacular sailing events, all leading up to the America’s Cup from 6-21 March.

The NZ Millennium Cup will be followed by the RNZYS Mastercard Superyacht Regatta back in Auckland.

“Entries are lining up for the RNZYS Mastercard Superyacht Regatta where many of the NZ Millennium Cup fleet will continue their rivalry,” says RNZYS’ Andrew Delves.

A J Class Championship will follow before a J Class Exhibition race, and then the 36th America’s Cup Match will round out March 2021.

The NZ Millennium Cup will be in its 13th edition in 2021 and was first raced as an adjunct to the 30th America’s Cup in Auckland.

Now, with the 36th America’s Cup approaching, organisers have been excited to see an increase of interest both in the regatta and in New Zealand’s wider cruising grounds.

Sailing yachts Velsheda, Win Win, Pumula, Kawil, and Wavelength will compete in next year’s NZ Millennium Cup, alongside race regulars Silvertip, Tawera, Sassafras and Janice of Wyoming.

Also joining them for the first time in the adventurous antipodean race will be Black Sails, Cili-am, Altair, Ammonite, Hetairos, and Anemoi.

“The regatta is based in Russell, in New Zealand’s Bay of Islands which is an incredibly-special part of the world, and we’re expecting up to 35 yachts to enter,” says event manager Stacey Cook.

“New Zealand in early 2021 will truly be the place to be for anyone passionate about exceptional yacht racing, and says Cook. With the highest concentration of superyacht events ever seen, we’re looking forward to welcoming guests to our very special part of the world.”



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