Organisers of New Zealand Millennium Cup has announced the first entries for the January 2015 start, with yachts including Bliss, Janice of Wyoming, Silencio, Sassafras and Silvertip all lining up to race around the islets of the Bay of Islands.
Newcomer to the regatta is Perini Navi-built sloop, Silencio. She joins the race from a South Pacific cruise and she is up to challenge Silvertip, Bliss and Janice of Wyoming, which have already raced head-to-head in several previous regattas.
The 50-metre Perini Navi is fresh from a run of successful regattas which include taking third in class at this February’s St Barth’s Bucket and victory in the 2013 Perini Navi Cup.
Joining her is 34.2-metre Royal Huisman, Sassafras, with new EC6 carbon rigging by sponsor Southern Spars. The sloop was designed by Fontaine-Hood for comfort over long distances as well as power under sail.
In addition, the Cup organisers have announced confirmed sponsors for the event.
The regatta runs from the 21-23 January in New Zealand’s Bay of Islands, and will once again be handicapped to ISYR by Jim Teeters, to ensure close-fought, fun racing.
Organised by the NZ Marine Export Group, the regatta is complemented by a range of on-shore hospitality events, and runs concurrently with New Zealand’s biggest domestic regatta; Bay of Islands Sailing Week.