The 2015 edition of the New Zealand Millennium Cup, a.k.a. NZ Millennium Cup, just wrapped up a few weeks ago. The organizers are already preparing for next year’s event. Mark your calendar for January 27 to 29. Better yet, register to participate now, as entries just started being taken.
Why participate? Besides the camaraderie, you’ll get a chance to learn more about New Zealand’s cruising grounds. That’s a big part of the attraction for the participants, some of whom return year after year. New Zealand may be far from the typical Caribbean and Med waters, but that’s the point.
Local wines and foods will be showcased during the NZ Millennium Cup, too, as you’d expect. The NZ Millennium Cup is further being held concurrently with the famed Bay of Islands Sailing Week. This latter regatta, entering its 14th year, attracts hundreds of sailors, so there will be quite a spectacle. The 2015 NZ Millennium Cup marked the first time the two races were held together.
Another reason to go: The 2016 NZ Millennium Cup will include a fourth race, versus the previous three. This ensures racers get more time plying the waters of the Bay of Islands. All competitors will enjoy sheltered anchorages at Opua and Russell, both in the bay.
Two divisions comprise the NZ Millennium Cup. Yachts from 62 to 98 feet (19 to 29.9 meters) are in one group, while yachts from 98’4” (30 meters) and larger make up the other. A total of seven sailing superyachts competed last year, including Janice of Wyoming (pictured). She’s raced in several NZ Millennium Cups thus far.
Ready to register? Download an official NZ Millennium Cup entry form.