THE NEW ZEALAND MILLENNIUM CUP has received eight new entries so far – Pumula, Cavallo, Farfalla, Tawera, Silvertip, Steinlager 2, Antaeus and Janice of Wyoming. They will race over the waters of Bay of Islands.
“Last year’s regatta saw the largest fleet race since the dawn of the millennium in 2000 and enjoyed media reach of over 31 million people,” says NZ Marine Export Group Chairman Stuart Robinson. “2017’s event is expected to swell in rank and coverage yet again.”
Mike Mahoney will upgrade the systems of his Tawera in New Zealand while ridding the Ron Holland-designed ketch of excess fuel and cruising gear before returning to the regatta this year. Superyacht Farfalla was built by Southern Wind and has been cruising the Pacific over the last season.
Steinlager 2 decided to stay true its roots by forming a crew of Kiwi sailors with three positions for promising young sailors to test their mettle at this race. Another participant Antaeus, now jointly-owned by Charles St. Clair Brown and Peter Harris, has had a recent upgrade to her systems in Auckland.
Pumula has traversed the world since her launch in 2012, voyaging 52,000nm to the earth’s extremes. The 37m Royal Huisman-build has travelled to far-flung climes, from Spitsbergen to Antarctica, and Cape Horn to Alaska, before setting her sights on New Zealand. The Baltic Yachts-built 42.9-metre Cavallo sailed from the Caribbean in May and spent the season cruising in French Polynesia. She will be available for charter in NZ after the race, and in Fiji from April 2017. www.millenniumcup.com.
PHOTOS: JEFF BROWN / NZ MILLENNIUM CUP.