The leading superyacht event had been due to begin on Monday 15th February, however due to an elevated Covid alert across New Zealand the Millennium Cup will now take place in the Bay of Islands from 28-31 March.
The regatta is run by the NZ Marine Export Group and promotes New Zealand’s cruising grounds and marine industry to international and domestic superyachts. The event will follow on from the Superyacht Gathering in Auckland, which is due to be held from 24-26 March and will feature appearances from industry powerhouses Jonathan Beckett and Andrew Winch.
“As an event run to further the interests of the New Zealand marine industry, we feel a keen responsibility to our industry, superyacht owners, guests and crew, sponsors and the wider community to ensure we are taking every precaution possible,” says NZ Marine CEO, Peter Busfield.
“Postponing until late March allows us to still run an excellent event, supported by our sponsors, and our hosts, the Duke of Marlborough Hotel. Organisers expect the event to be well-supported by superyacht entrants port-America’s Cup.”
New Zealand is certainly the capital of yachting activity at the moment. The Prada Cup final, where Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli and Team Ineos UK are battling it out to face Emirates Team New Zealand in the America’s Cup, has been delayed as Auckland moved into level 3 lockdown. The Millennium Cup will provide further thrilling on the water action for superyachts to enjoy in the aftermath of the America’s Cup, which is still due to be held from 6-21 March.