Millennium Cup superyacht regatta open to new entries
Following the recent postponement of the Millennium Cup superyacht regatta from February 15-18 to March 28-31, amendments to the Notice of Race allows new entries to join the event in March.
At a meeting held post-cancellation, the organisers, NZ Marine Export Group, discussed the new dates with captains and yacht owners, with the majority of competitors confirming their entries would stand. The organisers have also reported that the date change has allowed for further entries to express their interest in the Bay of Islands regatta.
“Obviously we’re all disappointed in having to postpone the regatta, but we want to look forward to what we can do for the event in March. An extension to entry time will be issued with the Notice of Race, and we expect to end up with further entries due to the new dates occurring post-America’s Cup racing,” says Harold Bennett, principal race officer.
The event will begin on a Sunday 28th March in Russell, returning to the regatta’s Duke of Marlborough headquarters. A week before Easter, the dates are clear of the America’s Cup, confirmed NZ Marine Export Group’s, Stacey Cook.
The regatta is run by the NZ Marine Export Group to promote New Zealand’s cruising grounds and marine industry to international and domestic superyachts. It’s the longest running superyacht regatta in the South Pacific and was first held alongside the America’s Cup in 2000.