The New Zealand Millennium Cup is set to get underway on the 26 January with an excited fleet ready to race in one of the world’s great natural playgrounds.
After a standout 2015 regatta, the sunny Bay of Islands is set to host its second New Zealand Millennium Cup, and with just a week to go until racing begins, entries are making their way to New Zealand’s Far North.
From 26 to 29 of January, eight boats will race in the emerald waters off the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island, through challenging courses that make the most of the stunning scenery. The eighth edition of the Cup will see a balance of first time entries and long-time competitors face off in a sensational few days in one of the world’s great natural playgrounds.
Four new entries will line up for the regatta – Kealoha, Tawera, Shamoun, and in the Pacific division, Allegro – keeping experienced campaigners Janice of Wyoming and Silvertip on their toes throughout the week.
Janice of Wyoming, the 40m sloop built by Alloy Yachts and designed by silver sponsor Dubois, knows the Millennium Cup well, competing in the last four regattas. Named after her owner’s home state in the US, the Ed Dubois design launched in 2005 and has sailed all over the globe, but her familiarity with New Zealand waters, and her Cup experience, will stand her in good stead for the regatta. After a winter refit at platinum sponsor Orams Marine last year, Janice is ready and raring to go.