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Millennium Cup: Double the fleet, double the challenge, double the fun

by Isla McKechnie 17 Oct 11:02 NZDT
Millennium Cup Regatta 2020 © Jeff Brown

The world’s most southerly superyacht regatta has thrown down the challenge to multihulls, opening up the racing to multihulls 18 metres and over.

The New Zealand Millennium Cup is challenging multihulls to a race. With a reputation for fun, competitive racing, organisers have opened up the playing field to multihulls 18 metres and over, allowing them to join this bucket list race that takes place in New Zealand’s sub- tropical Bay of Islands.

“With courses that make the most of the 144 islets of the Bay, spread over this wide-ranging aquatic playground, we can’t wait to see more multihulls out there making it their own,” says organiser Stacey Cook.

The NZ Millennium Cup is formed of three classes; the NZ Millennium Cup Class, Corinthian Class and Multihull Class.

“We are excited to accept multihulls 18 metres and above to the multihull class; bring on the racing!”

The 260 km2 of the Bay of Islands provides the perfect platform for multihulls to show their speed, with race officials designing multihull courses within the exciting conditions the race has become known for. The NZ Millennium Cup is renowned for its fun, competitive racing within the startlingly-beautiful scenery and wildlife of Northland.

Racing takes place from 13th to 16th February 2023, and the 18 to 23.9 metre multihull divi- sion will be awarded its own prizes during evening events at race headquarters, the Duke of Marlborough.

One multihull division winner will be going home with the title of inaugural multihull champion of the New Zealand Millennium Cup when the final prize giving wraps up on 16th February.

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