The Millennium Cup

Auckland will again be the focus of superyacht owners and enthusiasts when the Millennium Cup makes its long-awaited return to the racing calendar.

The event is maintaining the same format that made it so popular during the America’s Cup, and will take place in the Hauraki Gulf, off Auckland, from February 15-18, 2012.

The Millennium Cup was first held in 2000, when Team New Zealand defended the America's Cup in its home waters. The idea had been to thank superyacht owners and crew for visiting Auckland, and a repeat regatta was held in 2003.

Now, after a nine year break, the Millennium Cup is not only back, but here to stay. From 2012, the event will be an annual competition and event organisers are confident it will be the South Pacific’s premier superyacht event.

So far, five vessels are confirmed for the regatta, including ‘Silvertip’, current holder of the Millennium Cup, and the first yacht in the world to win both the Superyacht Society’s Best Sailing Yacht and Showboat’s Best Sailing Yacht awards. Further entrants are expected.

The yachts, their owners, guests and crew will have an action-packed three days during the Millennium Cup festivities. The first day will see the motor yachts rally around Waiheke Island, and the sailing yachts tackle a course on the Waitemata Harbour.

The next day, the action will shift up the coast, with all the vessels racing out to Kawau Island. After a uniquely Kiwi gourmet barbecue on Kawau, showcasing some of New Zealand’s best food and wine, the fleet will race back to Auckland the following day for the prize-giving and farewell celebration.

While the Millennium Cup is a private, invitational event, the superb fleet of yachts will no doubt be a thrilling sight for spectators on both land and sea. It will be a fantastic weekend to get out on the water, and to soak up the glamour of a superyacht event in Auckland’s stunning Hauraki Gulf.

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