13 July 2023
The South Pacific’s superyacht regatta is now open for entries, with the Millennium Cup to be raced in Auckland next year from 23 to 26 February.
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,” he said.
“The Waitematā 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 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. The regatta is comprised of New Zealand Millennium Cup, Multihull, and Corinthian divisions, with the role of principal race office, filled by Harold Bennett.
The NZ Millennium Cup 2024 will be raced in Auckland from 23 to 26 February. It’s the world’s most southerly superyacht regatta and is becoming well-known as a must-do regatta for yacht owners who like to get off the beaten track.
The regatta is designed to highlight the importance of the superyacht sector in New Zealand’s marine industry, as well as showcase some of the country’s most visually-striking cruising grounds in a unique manner.
The Organising Authority is the New Zealand Millennium Cup Committee. Representatives will attend Fiji Rendezvous from 22 to 26 August, and at all major European yacht shows.