Organisers of the New Zealand Millennium Cup 2012 are pleased to announce that they have three superyacht entrants already signed up to the event, which will take place from the 15th to the 18th of February 2012. The 48.5m sailing yacht Georgia, the 44m superyacht Imagine and 39.7m S/Y Janice of Wyoming, all built by Alloy Yachts, are the first three yachts confirmed to take part in the regatta.
The Millennium Cup, which was last held in 2009 in Auckland, will now become an annual event. “We look forward to establishing it as the premier Superyacht regatta of the South Pacific,” said Stuart Robinson, chairman – NZ Millennium Cup, The event will see a mix of harbour and passage races in the Hauraki Gulf to make the most of the spectacular yachting environs that the Auckland region has to offer. The Millennium Cup, held at the height of New Zealand’s summer, will lead into Auckland’s Volvo Ocean Race Stopover from 8 to 18 March 2012.
A new look website for the event – www.millenniumcup.com – has just been launched and contains details on the intended programme.
The Yacht Report Group are pleased to be the official media partner of the Millennium Cup and will be covering the event in the lead up and throughout the three days of racing.
ENTRIES as of July 2011
S/Y Georgia, –Paolo Scanu, Butch Dalrymple-Smith – Alloy Yachts – 48.5m
Sailing yacht Imagine – Dubois – Alloy Yachts 2010 – 44m
S/Y Janice of Wyoming– Dubois – Alloy Yachts – 39.7m
The three days of racing will begin with a Cocktail party on
WEDNESDAY 15TH FEBRUARY,
with a New Zealand Millennium Cup briefing for owners and Captains.
THURSDAY 16TH FEBRUARY
will be the first day of racing – There will be a motor yacht race around Waiheke Island, with a stop for lunch and optional golf, and two sailing yacht races around the harbour course. There will be an evening event with cocktails, dinner and entertainment back in Auckland.
FRIDAY 17TH FEBRUARY
will be the second day of racing, and will be a race out to Kawau Island for both motor and sailing yachts. This race will be followed by cocktails and a sit down “Kiwi” barbeque dinner at Mansion House on Kawau Island, showcasing New Zealand’s finest food and wine.
SATURDAY 18TH FEBRUARY
will be the final day racing from Kawau Island back to Auckland, and there will be a handicap start with the aim that the yachts arrive back in Auckland together. This will be followed by more cocktails, dinner, entertainment, official prizegiving and farewell.
See an image gallery of Alloy Yachts available for yacht charters in the following link. Alloy Yachts image gallery