For the first time, the Superyacht Cup Palma will be marked by the partnership with the ultimate yachting and superyacht charter destination, New Zealand. As ‘Destination Partner’, the 100% PURE New Zealand team’s presence at the prestigious long-running regatta will aim to additionally promote New Zealand as the superyacht hub of the South Pacific and increase awareness of New Zealand as a world class cruising and luxury yacht charter destination.
A record number of 57 superyachts visited New Zealand from April 2014 to March 2015 – the highest number of superyacht visits since the America’s Cup in 2000, when approximately 90 to 100 superyachts visited Auckland’s shore.
Beyond Auckland lies 14,000km of fabulous coastline set against a backdrop of fantastic and diverse landscapes within short cruising distances, with the luxury experiences to match.
Intelligently-crafted legislation, like the 24-month Temporary Import Entry for yachts, enables yachts to undergo refit, owner cruises, as well as charters and reap the benefits of GST-free refits and goods purchases during their visit of up to two years.
Moreover, the new and flexible rules now allow visiting superyachts to charter in New Zealand waters, offering a unique opportunity to those who wish to have a brief taste of what New Zealand has to offer as well as an amazing business opportunity for luxury charter yachts and management companies seeking a competitive edge outside the traditional, saturated cruising regions.
New Zealand technology will be well-represented in this year’s regatta. Constructed by the New Zealand-based shipyard Alloy Yachts, superyacht Blue Too will be present at the event, along with the newly launched mega yacht Perseus^3, participating for the first time. Perseus^3 boasts the biggest single sail ever made, at 2,602 square meters using Stratis – a sail fibre invented by Doyle Sails New Zealand.