New handicap scoring as Millennium Cup kicks off this weekend

The Millennium Cup, the South Pacific’s longest running superyacht regatta, kicks off this weekend (Sunday 28th March) in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand.

With world class crews and experienced superyacht captains and owners racing, this event sees the introduction of a brand new handicap scoring method developed for superyacht racing by the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC). This is the first time it will be used in a superyacht regatta, and takes into account the exact wind experienced by each of the competing yachts, on each leg of the course. The new Performance Curve Scoring system was developed as a collaboration between the race’s handicappers and competitors specifically for the NZ Millennium Cup regatta.

Organiser Stacey Cook comments: “The ORC has fine-tuned its international superyacht handicap system specifically for our regatta to allow for boats of different sizes and sail configurations to race more fairly. We are very grateful for the huge amount of input from the entries and key stakeholders and are looking forward to using this new method.”

The regatta will run from March 28-31 and will be available to watch live at

Image Courtesy of Jeff Brown, Breed Media

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